SHSB visit Tanzania

I was very pleased to be able to provide students from 6th form with a spell of voluntary work during their recent visit to Tanzania. My charity, Livingstone Tanzania Trust, (LTT) is a small self-help poverty alleviation organisation situated near Babati, in the heart of Tanzania. Set up from scratch just over 8 years ago, our focus is on rural education and enterprise - particularly in subsistence farming, as over 90% of the 60m population are subsistence farmers. We are currently building our 5th primary school to accommodate 600 local children and being a self-help charity the local population get totally involved in the work, so appreciate the outcome.

The team of students and staff from Southend High School for Boys came out to work with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust for 3 days during their tour of Tanzania. Fantastically in this time they successfully laid the floor in a double classroom that is going to be used as a student’s dining room and rented to the community for meetings, weddings etc. The team also planted 20 banana trees and dug trenches to move the bio slurry to the bananas. They also picked up some local culture from the social interaction and learned some cooking Tanzania style and made great chapattis and donuts! We are hugely grateful for their efforts and know they enjoyed the rural Tanzania experience.

Find out more about Livingstone Tanzania Trust at

Clive Shiret (Athens, 1973-1975)