ABOUT RALEIGH TANZANIA AND FIELDBASE
First established in 1984 by HRH Prince Charles and Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Raleigh is a sustainable development charity that works in remote, rural areas to improve sanitation, access to safe water and protect vulnerable environments and communities. This is carried out in a number of ways, through health and hygiene education and overseeing the construction of community toilet blocks (WASH projects), sharing sustainable farming and reforestation methods (NRM projects) and teaching entrepreneurial business skills (LIVELIHOODS projects). The organisation has two core programs which are Expedition and ICS which is funded by the UK Government. Raleigh works with international volunteers and permanent staff from host countries. In particular the organisation works with youth, believing them to have the energy and determination to change behaviours, making them a powerful catalyst for transforming communities.
From September 2017, I worked with Raleigh Tanzania for three and a half months as the in country photographer. Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries, where approximately 75% of Tanzanians live in rural communities where access to safe water and sanitation is rare, and very few economic opportunities exist for young people. Alongside the communications officer (Miguel de Palma), my role was to work on different assignments documenting projects, communities, funding organisations and volunteers, as well as supplying marketing photographs for charity branding purposes. Fundamentally I was stationed at fieldbase in Morogorro, which is a four hour drive west of Dar Es Salaam. From there I would head out to photograph each project. Fieldbase is a hub where various teams look after the operations, communications, logistics and medical needs of the expedition. Under the guidance of the country director, different departments are responsible for training, transportation, finance, equipment, medicine, marketing and youth development. All project managers and volunteers are trained at fieldbase, or at one of the training centers nearby, before they head out to their allocated project sites.