Tanzania Expedition & Library Build 2016

Almost a year ago, I blogged about my experiences in Uganda in the summer of 2013 and how we should not take things like access to a library for granted when so many people around the world don’t have them.

One year on, and it’s official that Surbiton High School is building a library for the Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need charity near Moshi in Tanzania. I spent four weeks this past summer in the country, interacting with the fantastic children at the school, who are no less heroic in the face of adversity as the young people I worked with in Uganda.


I’m not going to go in to the details of why this is such an important project and a real difference maker to the children at KYGN here. If you want to find out more about my personal experiences, you can read about them on this newsletter piece I wrote for the KYGN UK website. Suffice to say that libraries, and the love of reading for pleasure and awakening of curiosity they inspire, can make the difference that is perfectly illustrated by this picture:

book tower

This is what books do

Preparations for this very exciting project are underway: Surbiton High School is now an official partner of the KYGN charity! With a pupil information session, followed by a parents information evening, coming up more information on the details of the expedition will soon be made available.  I’m sure many of you in Year 9-12 are very interested in this opportunity, but, the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing experience working at the KYGN school aside, I can confirm that Tanzania is a truly beautiful country, with friendly people, beautiful scenery and, of course, plenty of opportunities to see lots of Africa’s incredible wildlife on safari.

Keep checking back here for updates on our progress!