Global Youth Service Day took place the weekend of April 15 through the 17. IRIS Alumni in Tanzania took full advantage of initiating service projects in their communities.
Alumni had several wonderful ideas that included cleaning hospitals, landscaping the Victorian Garden and taking orphans to the Zanzibar zoo.
An alumnus in Moshi taught 9800 youth the art of bee keeping. The presentation included bee anatomy, where to get and how to use basic bee keeping equipment and the basic bee keeping operations.
Alumni in Dar es Salaam organized a community activity in the Makumbusho museum, a museum that was started with the purpose of preserving Tanzanian culture. The alumni planted trees for both visual pleasure and environmental conservation. All of the trees planted were fruit trees that will one day benefit the museum’s visitors. Aside from planting trees, the group also pruned flowers and slashed the large grasses around huts.
Another group of alumni also planted trees, but at the Maungani Public Primary School. This group also taught the students about the environment and had the students help clean and decorate stones to place around the school garden.
A playground was built in Zanzibar by five alumni with used tires and logs. Around 140 children will benefit from the park.
“As we know, children learn best through playing,” said YES alumni Abdillah Salim.
One problem addressed in Zanzibar through the Global Youth Service Day is the lack of ambition to read. Four alumni worked with 7 to 12 year olds on reading books and emphasized the importance of improving their English through reading. Alumni even included a presentation on reading strategies and how to preserve books.
Also in Zanzibar, over 100 people gathered in honor of World Malaria Day where a presenter from the Ministry of Health spoke to the audience about what steps the Tanzanian government was taking to eliminate malaria and what steps still need to be done. The event included many statistics and was influential to those that attended.
Currently, there is a cholera outbreak in Zanzibar, so a group of five alumni decided to educate the public about the disease. The alumni did this first through cleaning the beach in Nungwi village and then giving a presentation on cleaning and how to prevent the spread of cholera. The alumni also donated cleaning supplies.
Seven alumni in Zanzibar brought their personal laptops to a school and taught the students how to use a computer. Many students had never touched a computer before.
“The objective was to expose the kids with this technology and inspire them to learn more about the computer in the future,” said 2012 YES alumni Abdillah Salim.
IRIS alumni never cease to address the problems in their communities. Through these volunteer events, alumni are making an impact around the world.