Sightsavers’ Julia Strong visits an eye health outreach project in Tanzania that’s making a huge difference to people in remote communities.
We’re lost. Which, on an ordinary day in the UK, wouldn’t be much of a big a deal, thanks to modern technology and the occasional helpful bystander. But we’ve been driving for more than three hours in a remote part of Tanzania with no map and no mobile phone signal, on a dirt road with no road signs, in blazing summer heat, and we’re starting to get a bit nervous.
As we head deeper into the bush of Kisarawe District, we pass an occasional scattering of huts with washing flapping in the breeze outside, but no people; most will be inside sheltering from the hot sun, or farming in the scrub. We see a Masaai woman herding cattle and ask her the way to Ving’hande village, but she’s never heard of it. Eventually someone tells us it’s “just up the road” – a full hour later, we arrive in the village, and the whole team’s relief is palpable.