Tanzania - Bro Johan Bugeja, Luca Cacciattolo and Glen Farrugia

In the beginning of July we embarked on a journey in the biggest country of East Africa; Tanzania. Our first Salesian house was the Salesian Novitiate in Morogoro, where we were welcomed by the community together with 11 novices. Throughout our two-week stay, we fully participated in the community programme, while also spending the morning hours with the students attending Mt. Carmel English Primary School. Here we were greatly welcomed by all, but especially by the school Principal Sr. Sunny and a Mathematics teacher with whom we have managed to organise some classes and educational activities with the students. In the afternoons, we used to help out the Novices during their daily chores in the gardens surrounding the house; and then change into our sportswear and join the sports activities (mainly football) in the adjacent Salesian Oratory. Here we would spend the time playing and being present amongst the younger children who gather there to play football, netball or basketball.

Following these days we moved to another Salesian community in Dodoma which offers a Seminary school and a Technical Institute. The Seminary school consists of 130 students, who are also boarders and are split between two years (Form 5 & Form 6). We used to join in their time- table during their time of prayer, sports and recreation. Here we managed to build good relationships through the sports themselves but also through sharing of experiences, juggling, card games, card tricks and other recreational activities.

The Technical Institute offers various courses to students interested in Masonry, Mechanics, Welding, Carpentry, and others. We thus joined the Masonry short course students in the mornings and gave a helping hand wherever it was necessary. This served as an excellent opportunity to also build a very good and joyful relationship with most of them. Other works that were carried out by ourselves during our stay was the painting of Mary Help of Christians on one of the Technical Institute walls and also the drawing of an indoor Badminton court for the students at the Seminary School to make use of during their time of recreation.

We would like to thank all those who supported us before and during our experience. A special thanks goes to the all the donators and benefactors who have helped us bring a smile to young and old people alike. It is truly a learning experience which will guide us throughout our future Salesian work in Malta.