Mwanza Community Project Challenge
14th – 22nd September 2013
Join St Michael’s Hospice on this special trip to Mwanza where you will have the unique opportunity to assist at a hospital in Tanzania on a range of important tasks such as refurbishment of rooms or painting a new space, gardening, minor building work (e.g. building a wall/fence) and so on. Your time assisting at the project in Mwanza will be incredibly valuable to the local people who benefit from the care provided and you will leave with a great sense of achievement and knowing you have made a real difference.
After your hard work you can relax and enjoy a safari in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park and then relax on the shores of Lake Victoria as you reflect on what you and the team have achieved.
Muheza Hospice Care was founded in 2002 by Dr Karilyn Collins. The programme was to train a team at regional and district hospitals, to mentor this team and help them form links with home based care to provide care in the community. Since then mentors from the UK have been sent out to all the other six district hospitals. One of the Hospice Doctors, Chris Lukaris, took a three-month sabbatical to work in a different region of Tanzania, providing his expertise in palliative care. He mentored a team in Mwanza making links with non-Government organisations (NGOs), providing home-based care and giving them basic palliative care training using the Help the Hospices' toolkit. This challenge builds on Chris’ work and will take place in Mwanza to create a palliative care centre. No experience required!
Day 1 (Sat): London - Mwanza
Depart London for Mwanza (indirect flight).
Day 2 (Sun): Mwanza
On arrival, transfer to your hotel which will be the base for the next few days. This afternoon either enjoy an introductory visit to the project or relax and refresh before a briefing and welcome dinner tonight.
Days 3 (Mon) – 6 (Thu): Mwanza
Spend 4 days assisting at the local project. The actual activities you will take part on will vary depending on the greatest need at the time, but you are likely to be involved in tasks such as refurbishment of rooms or painting a new space, gardening, minor building work (e.g. building a wall/fence) and so on.
Day 7 (Fri): Serengeti
Depart early for a full-day trip to the magnificent Serengeti National Park. Travelling in small vehicles you will have the chance of spotting fascinating local wildlife, including the Big Five. After a thrilling day spotting remarkable animals return to Mwanza and transfer to your new hotel close to Lake Victoria for your last two nights (your luggage will be transferred across during the day).
Day 8 (Sat): Lake Victoria
Relax and enjoy your last day in Tanzania on the shores of Lake Victoria, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and reflecting on all your hard work during the week. This evening gather together for a celebratory farewell meal.
Day 9 (Sun): Lake Victoria – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London, arriving either late in the evening or the following morning.
There is a registration fee of £350 which is payable at the time of booking and then each participant is asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2990. Don’t worry about the sponsorship target; you have many months to raise the money and we will provide unlimited help and support to ensure you can easily exceed the minimum amount! It is very achievable when you break the target down into smaller chunks.
The minimum sponsorship includes a donation to St Michael’s Hospice, your return flights from the UK, transfers and transport in Tanzania, guesthouse and hotel accommodation, meals (except lunch on day 8), safari guide and vehicles and National Park entrance fees. For full details about what is included please contact us.
Have a look at Chris Lukaris' blog from his time in Tanzania bit.ly/mwanzablog