Cadet Warrant Officer Volunteers in North East Tanzania
Katy Legg, a Cadet Warrant Officer at 1182 Shepton Mallet Squadron in Devon Somerset Wing, has been volunteering with the Raleigh International Citizen Service, living and working with a small team of volunteers for 10 weeks at Kinnihe village in the Karatu region of north east Tanzania, close to Mount Kilimanjaro.
The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a government funded development programme bringing young people together to help fight poverty overseas and in the UK.
Katy and Team Kinnihe (Charlie 9 group) initially concentrated on helping to preserve the Community’s remaining water source from soil erosion, a major priority. Without a water source the community would have to disperse. With the guidance of the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department, Team Kinnihe worked with teams of villagers to dig contours into the side of the valley, to prevent soil wash by winter rains into the natural springs.
Katy goes on to explain: “In the second phase our group built several rocket-stoves and tippy-taps spread over three miles around the village. We spent time teaching the people of Kinnihe the importance of hand washing and clean water. I enjoyed teaching in the local primary school the most: the children had so much enthusiasm for learning, it was inspiring. Their happy faces made me smile every time!”
“My cadet NCO experience helped enormously when I was team leader on our first week of placement. Learning new skills is unavoidable; for example, cooking for sixteen people is extremely challenging. With unfamiliar ingredients, few utensils, no furniture, and no cook book, necessity becomes the mother of invention!”
Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Adam Scott, pleased for Katy’s safe return, said:
“This has been an amazing experience for Katy. She has been telling us how much more prepared she was for things like camping compared to the rest of the team. I’m delighted that Air Cadets could provide her with the knowledge and confidence to enjoy living in such basic conditions in so remote an area.”