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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!

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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.

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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.

Black Chandelier

There are many applications for a black chandeliers, however one must be careful as some interiors are more suitable than others.

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All designs are governed by your personal preference and the art is finding a designer on your wave length.  Lighting and chandeliers in particular are neglected within the interior design industry and it is the one aspect of design that even the top designers get wrong.

Now I have a question, which picture do you prefer, a) or b)?

Picture a)

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Picture b)

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Design a) is what I would call top light bottom heavy and due to the strong black and white design, borders on clinical.  This is due to several lighting design errors.  I shall start with the table corner.  As this corner is not a prominent rectangle you should not use two lights in a row, ironically you can use any number of lights but two.  Also the size is wrong and the light fitting simply disappears and doesn’t do anything to support the design.  The high ceiling in this room is a great feature and all this table corner needs is a waterfall

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with perhaps a few black trimmings splashed in

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to blend in with the design.

The main area needs quite a large chandelier to dress the ceiling, preferably black to lift the focus up and therefore balance the strength.

It is also the case in the picture below where the ceiling fixtures are way too obscure.

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A little black chandelier simply lines the ceiling and blends in the design.

Now the image below.  The bar area can not be faulted, however why would anyone put the little grey ball in is beyond me.  The light must be much larger, black and if possible above the table.

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The ceiling light in this room is too small, short, insignificant, wrong design …. in fact you couldn’t go any worse.  Chandelier for this room should be of a traditional design, black with a modern twist as per the adjusted image.

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Please take great care when choosing your chandeliers as it is way too easy to get it wrong.

If you are not sure ask a specialist to advice you.