I am going to Luhimba for 10 weeks where I hope to teach in the local Primary schools and the Secondary
school. After my time in Luhimba I'm treating myself to a 6 week trip to South Africa which luckily for me
coincides with the football World Cup!
I've always been interested in visiting Africa and possibly 'giving something back' in the form of volunteer
work. When my Mum told me about the Luhimba project in Tanzania I checked out the website and instantly
knew it was somewhere I wanted to go. I have friends who have previously volunteered in parts of Eastern
Africa and having heard all about it, I knew that it was something I'd have to see and experience myself.
Paul Temple showed me the photos of Luhimba and Tanzania and it has fuelled my enthusiasm to get out
there and see it. I might see Hippo's, Giraffe's and such on the 16 hour journey to the village from Dar es
Salaam. It doesn't get much better than that for me.
My parents are very jealous of the opportunity. They're intrigued by how I will cope with with no Internet, no
facebook, and no Premiership football, but I'm sure I'll manage. I'm not sure what I will be able to achieve in
my short time there, maybe just a desire to go back there again, as so many people do. Whatever it may be,
I'm sure I'll come home and not stop talking about it for weeks.
Wrington resident Chris Dunning leaves today
for a stay in the Tanzanian town of Luhimba.
The Luhimba Project, set up by the late Michael
Carey of Wrington, supports financially a truly
impressive programme of self-help
improvement, entirely determined by the
residents of Luhimba themselves.
Since before Michael Carey’s death, the
management of the Project has been the life’s
work of former Wrington School headteacher,
His invitation to Chris to visit the town continues
a rolling programme of two-way contacts which
Paul has brought about, especially involving
North Somerset schools. Full details are on the
It’s hoped Chris will be able to keep us updated
on his activities, and he kindly offered the
following thoughts on his departure - Ed.