The village of Iyegeya, located along a ridge in the mountains of Mufundi.
Communications officer Miguel de Palma working late in the homestay. All Raleigh staff stay with families when out on a project. It is good way to learn more about life in the village and to build relationships within the community.
Mzigwa Khalid cuts large rolls of vinyl tubing into separate pieces for filling with soil.
Team leader Amiry Kaiza, gathering equipment from the store room before the group descends on foot to the project site in the valley.
The group have cleared a course for water to run through the project site. Pictured is Gustavo Wangu collecting water for the seedlings.
Volunteers fill tubes with soil. A target of 150,000 need to be filled by the end of each three month cycle.
The seedlings inside the tubes will germinate for weeks before they are transplanted to local farms, they will eventually take up to 10 years to grow.
Adam preparing the soil for planting more seedling tubes. He has worked with TFCG since 1999 and is currently working in 9 villages.
“Before Raleigh Tanzania we didn’t have volunteers; now we use their time integrating with the community and doing the work the community does. The volunteers gain experience from the community and vice versa. We have seen a very positive impact in the village.”
“The villagers are happy to receive volunteers because they know the work will help them for the future, to make money through selling timber and gain knowledge on environmental conservation”.
Christopher Rutayohibwa, at a discussion group on globalisation and climate change. Presentations and discussions are a regular event in village, so volunteers can stay focused on the broader implications of the project.
The village of Ikaning’ombe, 20 minutes drive from Iyegeya, previously hosted a natural resource management (NRM) project.
Raleigh volunteers planted over 150,000 tree seedlings in the nearby village of Ikaning’ombe.
The seedling journey really begins after Raleigh depart. Community members continue to closely monitor the site for 6 weeks, which is how long the germination process takes. Once the seedlings grow to 8 inches farmers will begin the transplanting process.
Co-operation between Raleigh with district officials is essential to recruiting villagers to the site, as everything associated with the project is sanctioned by village leaders.
The seedlings were evenly distributed amongst local farmers as part of a long term incentive for them to maintain the site.
Approximately 30 community members will attend each project site, from three sub-villages in the district. The group is primarily composed of local famers who through their contribution to the project will secure the seedlings that will be transplanted to their farms.
“The pines will be beneficial not to me but to the future generation; my children, my grandchildren will benefit from this project. I am just preparing it for the next generation.”
Community members are trained in sustainable fishing, bee-hive keeping and tree nurseries. This will encourage them to pursue alternative livelihoods and will help decrease the rate at which trees are being cut down.
Zakaio, the VEO (village executive officer) at home in Ikaning’ombe. In his garden he has a large pine tree nursery of his own. He says that since the Raleigh project, many villagers have pursued alternative sustainable livelihoods and planted their own trees.