The journey around Lake Victoria began in May and continued
through until the end of October. We set ourselves some goals
To walk the full length of the lakeshore – 4368 miles
To receive sponsorship averaging £1 per mile
Make it an inclusive event with as many folks as possible joining in
How did we get on? The newsletter will reveal all!
But first a little bit about Mayega.
This was start and end point of our virtual journey.
What is Mayega like? It is unremarkable and worthy of note at the
same time. The village is in a very rural location in northern Tanzania
on the road to the Kenyan border. It is like many other linear villages
along the tarmac and doesn’t even have a road sign announcing your
But it was founded in 1974 as part of Julius Nyerere’s villagisation
programme. This was 10 years after independence and the first
president wanted to bring economic prosperity and welfare services
to rural areas. He believed that this could not be achieved with
thousands of small, scattered settlements and began a programme
of consolidating villages and moving families into larger settlements.
This was the birth of Mayega as we know it today.
The national programme failed but Mayega grew into 7 sub villages
with a population of about 2,500 people in around 500 households.
The village has a primary school, dispensary, and the office of the
village executive officer, representing local government. There is a
village council made up of a chairperson from each of the sub
The village had a piped water supply in later part of last century, but
this had fallen into disrepair. The work of Busega Scotland and
partners, notably Busega District Council and Rotary, re-established
and developed a piped water system from 2018 and earlier this year
the government rural electrification programme brought mains
The Mayega area is very dry despite being on the shore of Lake
Victoria and fishing and subsistence farming are the mainstays of the
local economy. Both are hazardous pursuits, hippo and crocodile
attacks and storms on the lake and unreliable rains, sometimes too
little and then too much. Cop 26 may not know it, but climate change
is and will surely impact further on the fragile life of Mayega.
Did we complete the journey Kusafiri Nyanza?
First, a roll of honour and tribute to the 17 people who took part.
Surely, we met our participation goal!
Most was by walking, but one person did cycle also. Some folks made
a phenomenal effort with incredible distances covered, and we thank
everyone for doing all that they could.
Over 1000 miles – Judy and Peter
Over 500 miles – Jenny, Margaret, and Chris
Over 200 miles – Friedhelm, Cenzo, and John
1 to 3 days on John Muir Way – Jordyn, Anne, Marion, Andy, Mark,
Luca, Ronaldo, Maura, and Mike. The total distance covered was an
incredible 5364 miles or about 1.25 times around the lake.
We did it – hongera sana – many congratulations.
Our travellers have been ‘aw ways’ and we asked Chris Petrie and
Jenny Wallen a little bit about their walking. Yes, they did both walk
My name is Chris and I retired from my job in health and social care
almost 2 years ago to spend more time with my family. Currently I
look after my youngest grandchildren to enable my daughter to
return to work.
Family is so important to me, and children are the future, and I feel so
lucky to be able to contribute in some way to their lives. I am
conscious that not all children are as fortunate as mine to have
access to much of what we take for granted such as safe housing and
access to education. I feel in some small way supporting Busega
Scotland to raise much needed funds through this walk is both
rewarding and good for my personal wellbeing.
Most of my walks have been done with family and friends and I am so
lucky that I live in a diverse area in which to enjoy the scenery and
wildlife around me. Walks of interest have been on the beach at
Lossiemouth where I was lucky to see the P8 Poseidon coming into
land. Torrieston woods and the wetlands are other favourites, we
often see deer and birds while walking round the area
I am Jenny Wallen, long term friend of John and Christine and fellow
Garmouth resident. I became a trustee of Busega Scotland a few
years ago. I have visited Mayega Children’s Centre twice.
I took part in Kusafiri Nyanza mainly to help raise some funds. I
walked around my local area of Garmouth, including a few longer
walks along the Moray Coastal Trail (Cullen, Sunnyside Beach,
Covesea, Lossiemouth and Hopeman being my favourite routes).
I went up to the north-west coast and walked around the Smoo Bay
area. Spectacular area and amazing geology, the rocky history of the
planet all around. I went to North Berwick and Dunbar and walked
along the coast with two old travelling friends, so lots of reminiscing
of youthful adventures. I walked around Edinburgh, and up Arthur’s
Seat, again. It was mobbed at the top, for good reason. It’s such a
All four of my main walking areas relate the earth’s geology
graphically. I hope our species can avoid a climate catastrophe, but if
we can’t I think our planet is robust enough to mend itself.
Did we make our sponsorship goal?
To travel 4368 miles seemed a tall order back in May but raising£4368 for Mayega Children’s Centre was an even more daunting
challenge. But we needn’t have worried as our travellers and their
supporters came up trumps. We have raised not £1 per mile but an
incredible £1.28 per mile and a grand total of £5609.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed.
Let us return to the lake and plot our journey in detail through the
following link https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1Cpzzzpxf-D-sS3OazW_v01F7jrHCotVs&ll=- 1.086505134587416%2C32.62274726562502&z=8
and then end with a quote from Tanzania’s first president, who is still
revered by his people today, and goes by title ‘Mwalimu’ or
‘Teacher’. He was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh in 1952.
A man is developing himself when he grows, or earns, enough to
provide decent conditions for himself and his family; he is not being
developed if someone gives him these things.
fAt Mayega Children’s Centre we aim to create that capacity for self-reliance in both the girls and the boys