Sunday, 23 July 2017

Homeward bound

Hi everyone, just a quick post to let you know the team are in the air. 

They are scheduled to arrive at Gatwick South terminal tomorrow afternoon at 16.00.

Beth from Inspire will be at arrivals to meet the team wearing her turquoise Inspire T-shirt, so feel free to come and say hi!

It's been an absolute pleasure to have the Old Palace students on this trip, they have been a credit to you all and you should be very proud.

Thanks for reading the blogs and enjoy the stories and photos from your daughter in person over the next few days!!

Beth, Josh and all at Inspire Worldwide

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Hey y'all,

We all woke up today with a mixture of both excitement about finishing the project, but also a certain sadness about leaving all the people we'd formed a close relationship with. 

It was all hands on deck today as we hurried to finish tidying up the project site and any other little bits that needed tying up. Most of the work was clearing the broken bricks and doing a bit more cement mixing and mud watering. After break, some of us went off to pack bags whilst the rest of us stayed to finish any other bits (there was a LOT of dancing I must admit). 

After a delicious final lunch with the fundis, we were led outside for the leaving ceremony. I can honestly say I have never cried as much as I have because of their warm words and the amazing reaction of the kids and teachers. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone and say that we are always going to remember this incredible opportunity and the people so thank you dear parents for this wonderful experience. 

See you Monday,
Meera and the Tanzanian team xx

Personal messages:

Meera- Hi hope all of you guys are well. Mum hope you have the most amazing birthday ever (sorry I'm not there with you ❤) Dad and the boys better spoil you and when I get back we can both have a spa trip as your birthday treat. Love you lots and see you soon xxxx

Ash - Hey faaaamily hope everyone enjoyed the party today, so annoyed I had to miss it. Anyways, see you on Monday, pretty please remember what I asked for. Love, Achi ❤

Ayana - hey mum and dad, just remembered that I would like some quiche as well as I miss it. Thank youuuu! Can't wait to see you on Monday, I'll probably be very tired so please treat me with kindness. Thanks!

Yihuan - I'm bringing a ball of cement home

Christabel -  hey mummy and daddy , I can't wait to see you .  Only two days left !!! I've finally decided what I want when I come back : chips with battered sausage and jamaican Pattie (meat pie) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚  .  I'll probably need a massage as well πŸ˜‚ .
Love you loads  ❤❤❤

Iman - Hey mummy, miss u cutie I have also decided what I would like to eat, a really reallly gross pepperoni pizza from the extremely gross place across the road, love u!!! See u soon! 

Catriona - Hello everyone, missing you all lots!! Today has been very emosh but I'm excited to see you! Can you bring an apple to the airport please :)) Xxxxxx

Mayoori- I have missed you guys so much and I can't wait to see you on Monday and give you your presents! Had a very emotional day with lots of crying and hugging im really going to miss my new home and I think I will want to visit loads again, with you next time ❤❤ I can't to see all the family and I miss home too ❤❤❤❤❤

Friday, 21 July 2017

Last day on project

Hey y'all.

Mayoori here!

 Today was our last day on project site. I think we are really going to miss all the fundis and the project work, and Gendi in general. We passed bricks, mixed cement, carried mud, the usual. Before we knew it, ir was break time.

We had chapatis for break (with the fundis and Alfred as usual), and we got back to work soon after. We then met the god daughter of Julian (who is the founder of LTT), who was really lovely and a Geography student at UCL.

Before we knew it, it was lunch time and after meal of rice and beans cooked by mama Salma (who we would DIE without. Literally. She is superwoman; she is good at everything from cooking, to netball. Seriously, she is awesome) Meera, Dhanisha, Christabel and myself went to the market with Miss Richards (who is now affectionately known as 'Keith') and Nicola ('Grant'). The others stayed behind at the project site and continued working hard.

The market was quite busy. There was just that noise of underlying din, and there were hundreds of tables full of fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and more. We checked everything off our shopping list for dinner, and then headed to do some other (fun) shopping. First we went to a shop that sold cooking items. The man there tried to rip me off but I wasn't having it and I eventually bought the cooking spoon for fifth of the original price he tried selling it to me for (1000 shillings, which is about a third of a pound). Are you proud of me, Dad?? 

We then went to a few cloth shops to buy Shukas (traditional tribal cloths) and some Fanta passion fruit from a stall too. 

Then, some of us played netball meets rugby  meets wrestling with the fundis and schoolgirls (and mama salma) which was just hilarious. Some of us chose to do some zen yoga instead! 

We then just chilled, took showers and did laundry when the lovely cooks (Asmita and Tara featuring Yihuan) told us that dinner was ready! It was absolutely delicious: refried beans, sweet potato chips and guacamole. Then we did a quiz, split into two teams. Iman, Asmita, Christabel, Tara and I were 'QuAbba!' (I preferred Quiz Astley but there you go) and Catriona, Yihuan, Ayana, Meera and Dhanisha were 'Quiztets'. Our team won (of course) but it was mainly because of the bonus points we won by Asmita balancing a pot on her lead longer than Dhanisha did.

Sorry for the not very well written blog post, I am very tired after a buzzing day and hope you enjoyed it anyway because you think I'm lovely :)))) can't wait to share the amazing day we will have tomorrow and following are the messages 

Good night from Gendi Primary School πŸ˜΄πŸŒ™

Asmita: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAVAN MAMA!! ❤ Have a wonderful day I love you up to the sky and I'm so sorry I couldn't be there today. I'll make up for it when I'm back x Love from Achi (your FAVOURITE niece) 

Mayoori: hey amma pls can u leave a weather forecast for me in the comments (for monday and tuesday) thank you love you cant wait to see u and appa and vishnu and everyone else on monday!! ❤πŸ’œ❤

Yihuan: happy birthday mum pls can you bring the kfc to the to airport, definitely need popcorn chicken and how is the cat

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sports Day

Hey y'all, 

Hope you're not missing us too much, but don't worry there are only 3 days left until we're back in your loving arms. 

We started off today with some yummy coconutty porridge which got us ready for the (half) day of construction. We started off passing the maji (water) to our friends the fundis (the builders). They are as follows; Mr Liv(e), Mr Hugo Boss, Mr Fake Fan, Black shirt man / Meera's second husband (Heena Aunty you should watch out for that one) and Mr Soft feet (Our head fundi Mr Kongayi was unfortunately absent). Another request for our return back home might be tickets for the fundis and our kindergarten friends ( Aunty Dupe Christabel will definetly want to bring back her kindergarten friend Yusuf.) 

After a couple of hours of brick throwing and cement laying, we reached above head height for about 75% of us! It was then an eventful lunch of, you guessed it, rice and beans!!! We then cleaned up and lounged in the sun and prepared ourself mentally for sports day with the little bubbas! We started off with great plans of organised stations and swift rotations, but eventually we just ended up sticking with the same groups and going to whichever was freeπŸ™„πŸ˜¬. Sports day still ended up as a success ending on bubbles and balloons. 

It was then time for cooking, which took a little bit of time, but courtesy of Tara, Ash, Ayana, Christabel (for the moral support) and I. By 8:30 we had chapattis and fancy tanzanian coconut flavoured Heinz Beans, we're just about to indulge in a good ol game of heads up. 

Lots of love, stay safe and we'll see you very soon! 

Iman x 

Ayana - Hey mum and dad, please don't tell me about Louis' song as it comes out today. I want to find it out for myself thanksssss. Love youuuu

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Yoga and guacamole

Hi y'all,

Our day began bright and early at 6:30 precisely with a surprisingly delicious coconut porridge, yum πŸ˜‹. 

Shortly after, Dhanisha (our site manager for the day) cracked the whip and got everybody outside ready for morning stretches. Then a full days work on project site commenced as we collected water, lay bricks and mixed mud. 

After a short Swahili lesson at lunch with Alfred, a few lucky girls got the afternoon off to experience the different culture at the market (the equivalent of waitrose I suppose). The rest of us on the other hand continued slaving on until the local fundis were tired out. 

For those of us left on project site, a lovely session of relaxing yoga with our splendid instructor Jess (there was probably more laughter than stretching πŸ˜‚) 

Meera was most excited about dinner, guacamole, mogo chips and Mexican refried beans (there were some happy tears). Our day winded down with yet another game of mafia and bananagrams.

We look forward to seeing you all in a few days time. 
Love you
Meera and Dhanisha (and the rest of the team)

Personal messages:

Iman- Mum could you please iron the zara black cullotes + any blouse (and an appropriate shella) LOVE U MISS U. (AlSo can you make sure my phone is actually off?) (It's in the brown box)  

Mayoori- hey everyone still loving you and missing you cant wait to see you all and eat a burrito on tuesday xx 

Christabel - still miss you all, cant wait to see you when i get back. How are you planning for sybil's birthday???. Im still deliberating what i want to eat when i arrive πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Love you all xx ❤❤

Ash - Pretty pretty please could you get me a tub of pizza express tiramisu gelato from iceland for when I'm back? I will be eternally grateful. Was yarlu acca's message okay?Hope everyone's well. Love and miss you all, see you on Monday x - Achi 😚😚😚

Catriona - yeah, i got sunburnt

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Hey y'all,

Tuesday commenced with a cold morning of porridge making (by the amazing Meera, Catriona and Dhanisha) and hesitant risers. 
After eating the most splendid porridge you ever did see, we started work on site. Today's labour consisted of bricks, bricks and more bricks with the occasional dance break in between, which acted as entertainment for our audience of 50+ intrigued African children during their lunch time. 

Whilst the most of us were slaving away, enduring physical labour and sore backs, others thought they would take a morning off, sit and relax as they take on the obviously more strenuous task of learning how to make chapattis (*cough cough* Tara, Ash, and ImanπŸ™„) - we now know who the stronger kids in town are. Quote from ash: "in my defence though, making chapattis really does hurt your back" πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

The physically drained and exhausted chapatti makers eventually made it down and we all got dressed into our smart attire for a community lunch in one  of the villagers homes. We tried some new and interesting foods, some with rather different textures and consistencies, and had a Q&A in which we learnt about the different tribes and cultures. We made some new friends and had many baby and toddler cuddles. We also took part in an impromptu dance lesson where the women attempted to teach us the famous 'African twerk' and hand shuffle move thingy.

We are now heading off to relax, play some games and unwind. 

As always, we all miss you very much 

Catriona and all your other wonderful offspring ☺

(P.s. The chapattis were actually pretty good in the end πŸ˜‚) 

Other comments:


Hi everyone, still missing you all :( Anyways, if you cant find yarlu's graduation message on my phone could you pretty please tell Sharika to read the following message on my behalf at the party:

Yarli Acca is one of the most caring and kindhearted people I know and I am genuinely so lucky to have her as a cousin. I am so proud of her and am certain she'll be the best paediatrician ever! I love you lots Yarli Acca, I'm so sorry I couldn't be there for your party I promise I'll make it up to you when I'm back. 

Thank you, see you all on Monday xx

Meera: hey guys! Hope you had a nice time in Bruges (mum are you coping with all the boys? πŸ˜‚) Dad hope everything is ok at work and everything is now sorted. Love you lots and see you soon xx

Dhanisha: how was the wedding people ?? And how is casper ? Also can you keep a bottle of elderflower and tub of ice-cream please!! Love you all 😘

Ayana: hi mum and dad, hope you're having fun without me. Don't miss me too much. I hope you haven't seen Dunkirk or Spiderman without me *stares through the phone* See you in a few days!!!

Have a safe flight and I actually miss you n Nana lots 

Give Hugo lots of cuddles and kisses from me and i will be buying some Tanzanian coffee for you. See you soon xx


Miss you and love you all ❤❤❤ cant wait to see you

Mrs solari
Thanks Denise for your kind comments! Hope you're enjoying the hols!!

Connie and harry, hope the piano concert went well, sorry to have missed it. Tell me your news!! Mummy xxxπŸ’œ

Monday, 17 July 2017

Netball and chats

Hey y'all,

Today we made splendid progress in laying the bricks for the walls of our terrific toilets ( that alliteration πŸ˜‰) This consisted of more mud, more bricks and more cement (that tricolon, though πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰) 

However, the highlight of our day was our visit to Singe Secondary school. Singe is a private boarding secondary school and gave us the opportunity to learn about school life in Tanzania. Upon our arrival, we noticed Singe Secondary School had GRASS! A privilege we are not familiar with back home at Old Palace. 

We each paired with another girl of our age, and together we discussed the differences between England and Tanzania's education system. We learnt that their school days started much later than ours and that a keen interest in Biology was common. Many wanted to pursue a career in medicine, especially in England. 

Following our meeting with the girls, we then took part in a 'friendly' match of netball, in which we were destroyed devastatingly (πŸ˜‰) Despite our evident struggle against their ruthless tactics, Ayana managed to score throughout the match. The final score was 20-37 (😬) 

Tomorrow, we will be having a lavish lunch (no more alliteration we promise πŸ˜‚) in the community.
We love you all and as much as we hate to admit it we miss you xxx ❤❤❤

Credit to: Asmita & Christabel 

Personal Messages: 

Miss solari: Hi connie and harry! Hope you're well and enjoying the end of term! Looking forward to seeing you next week! Hope you're being good for daddy!! Love you lots, mummy xxx❤

Asmita: Thanks for the bangles, hope you enjoyed the chilli paneer at Sakonis without me :( Please make sure dad buys my Radox muscle soak for when I'm back!
Love and miss you all, 

Ayana: Can you tell me how to make dumplings please? How was your birthday mother? PThanks, btw I miss you both, love you!!!

Extra bit for the blog.... the adult leader team can now be referred to as "The Orange Segments" we are the new Tanzanian building grime boyband!!! See below!!