Tanzania 2015

It’s that time again! An annual visit to Tanzania with the charity The Grassroots Trust!
Unfortunately Renata wasn’t able to go this year due to other commitments, but I went instead. And I must say, it was nice to get away from the cold frosty weather and be in the sun for 2 weeks!


It wasn’t all fun and games however, there is an increased number of children that are on the scheme, and all of these needed to be interviewed in the same amount of time as in previous trips; an agenda and schedule was put together, and it was almost unbelievable that on paper we seemed to be able to fit it in.. Now it was time to see if this schedule would work.

The Grassroots Trust has been working in Tanzania for many years, building relationships and getting a reputation within the community for doing what they say they’ll do. Education in Tanzania isn’t free, and with a lot of disease and lack of jobs, many families don’t have much income. Many children don’t actually have both parents, if any and are looked after by their grandparents. So you can imagine how difficult it is for families to pay for a child’s education alongside already struggling to pay for everything else.

12250098_10156053708540538_5757886153592313404_nHealthcare also isn’t free in Tanzania so a lot of family’s have illness which goes untreated and can lead to death – especially in new-borns where they are prone to malnutrition. When I was there actually, we found out about a 4 year old that had sadly died within the last couple of months. Grassroots works to prevent situations like this from occurring, but sadly they still happen, however thankfully they are becoming less common.

There are 12 locations which Grassroots works in to help families and children with their education and health. These locations are all very spread out, and are very different in appearance. From rich green areas, to small locations where the buildings are falling down but in each location it is the children who are the most memorable. The children have such a love of life and a joy despite their circumstances that it is infectious. It is evident as well how thankful and appreciative the family is of the help and support that Grassroots are giving them.


This year there was a team of 16 people who went on the trip; the ages ranged from 20’s into 60’s. The other aspect of a trip is that you spend time with people you wouldn’t normally mix with or even meet. The time in Tanzania is intense and hard work but you learn more about yourself and you come home with lifelong memories and a desire in your heart to continue returning to Tanzania and volunteering on these trips to help the children and their families.  It is genuinely a life changing experience.

Basket Chandelier Cleaning Job

We recently had a customer come to us wanting their chandelier cleaned; this however wasn’t a small job (I was about the same height maybe slightly shorter than the chandelier and I’m 5ft 7!). Therefore, this meant that we would have to take the basket chandelier down – this is how cleaning is normally done to insure that the chandelier is left properly sparkling – but in this case it proved much more difficult because of the positioning of the fixture  and its size.

We never shy awcleaning blog 1ay for a challenge however, and enjoy the process of making the chandelier shine again and seeing how much it sparkles when it has been returned to its former glory afterwards. Due to the chandelier being a basket chandelier, the design meant that there are many different layers of crystals and different aspects that make up the chandelier.

No time can be specified to say how long it is going to take to clean. The process can be lengthy and will obviously change depending on the size and design of the fixture. Each crystal chain has to be removed, soaked, scrubbed and dried off to ensure it is really shining! The components are then used to put the chandelier back together and return it to its wholeness.

In this case, all of the different components of the chandelier had to be packed up so that it could be reinstalled back in the owner’s house. Sometimes the chandelier can be put back together without having to be in the vicinity, but due to the size and design of this chandelier it wasn’t possible. This meant a trip to the customer’s house to put it back up. We didn’t mind this though as it meant getting to see the chandelier back into its home and to take pictures to show you of course!

It wasn’t simply a reinstallation because the owner was getting a winch fitted. This was a great idea because of the positioning of the chandelier; a winc
h means that the fixture can be dropped down to a suitable height for cleaning and bulb changing without causing too much inconvenience. Winches are especially beneficial for those that have high ceilings, the winch will bring the light fitting down to a manageable and suitable height where the fixture can be maintained and properly looked after! Winches are supplied with either a remote or a wall switch for your convenience.

In the customer’s house, the position of the chandelier means that now it is clean, it is so eye-catching to see and is arguably emphasised because of the windows surrounding the room it is hung in. The windows let in natural light which further aDSC_6845[1]dds to the sparkle! They are over 2 floors which helps there to be sparkle at all and any time of the day because the light shines in from above or to the side ensuring the basket chandelier always looks its best! If you like the design of the Basket Chandelier, we have a range on the website so please feel free to look, get ideas or even get in touch if you want more information about basket chandeliers or even cleaning.

Chandelier cleaning jobs are rewarding, satisfying and always leave our customers happy because they can see their chandeliers returned to their former glory adding sparkle, status and glamour to any room. If you have a chandelier which you can’t access to clean, or even a chandelier that you don’t know how to clean, we are more than happy to take that off your hands and get to work leaving you with a brand new looking chandelier.


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