I have recently (May 2018) arrived back from Tanzania - my 13th visit there since 2010. I have set up projects in 13 villages in the Usambara mountains of Tanzania, a poor region where the people live in the most basic housing with under-resourced schools and healthcare facilities. You can find out what projects are happening in each village in this blog.Find out more about the project →
Milo is situated in the Southern Highlands at an altitude of nearly 3000 meters. Two Peace Corps volunteers, Cindy Moreno and David Hu have been living in the village since late 2017. The Foundation looks forward to a productive relationshio with Cindy and David in 2018.
Our manager Ozanoh, also the head veterinary officer in the district, is finishing off a training manual which will be used by farmer study groups we intend to initiate. he training manual is based on the ‘Happy cows, Happy farmers’ project that we began in 2013 with the dual purpose of improving animal welfare and rewarding farmers with a resulting increase in milk production.
The St. Catherine’s health clinic in Kwai is operated by the Sisters of the Usambaras. It is the largest and most advanced clinic in the Usambara district having three nurses, one doctor and a clinical officer.
Last year the government decided, as a way of promoting the sciences and thus producing more medical students, that every secondary school should have a science laboratory.
During my last two visits in the district, I have stayed with the family of the district counsellor - the highest elected, and a highly-respected, official in the district. This is an big improvement on the unclean fire hazard that calls itself a hostel which I had previously frequented.
In 2015 we began to process three projects at the Sunga Secondary School: install pipes connecting the roof of a school building to a preexisting water tank; build a new girls' toilet block; and provide the 18 teachers at the school with desks and chairs.
The Sunga women’s group has been operating successfully since 2012. They have recently branched out into establishing a tree nursery with the profits from their yoghurt sales. They have gathered fertiliser from the forest, bought and planted seedlings and hope to harvest and sell their first young trees later this year.
Mtii village executive committee is working to recover funds donated by a Peace Corp volunteer that were misappropriated. Once this has occurred, we are likely to pick up this worthy project.
The women’s yoghurt-making group in Mtii has recently reached their 250,000/- target for the purchasing of a cow. Our manager, who is also the district vet, is now actively looking for a suitable cow for them.
A new project in Mpanga, still in its infant stages, will provide desks and sundry furniture for the primary school. The lack of desks means that many of the pupils are obliged to sit outside on the ground during classes! A day after we had said we were considering taking on the project, a costing and budget was handed to us.
The women of the yoghurt-making group have now saved 100,000/- towards purchasing their group cow. A cow costs about 500,000/- ($250) and, in order to motivate the group, the Foundation has agreed that, once they have saved up 250,000/-, it will fund the second half of the cow.
After a year of communal effort, the health dispensary in Mpanga is now finished. We provided the materials and finance needed for the villagers to concrete the floors, install ceiling boards, paint the place, connect water, and make the needed furniture. The village provided all the labour voluntarily.
The yoghurt making women’s group in Mponde Kaya, after a period of success, seems to be struggling again. Last November they had stopped because they claimed they had been subjected to black magic which had turned their yoghurt black.
The Mponde Kaya health dispensary is staffed by a government-funded nurse. In November 2015 the village asked us to do three things: help them complete a dispensary ward, improve the connection to the existing water tank and connect water to the nurse's home.
Kishangazi has no road access. The track from Kishangazi up the mountain to the nearest village with road access (Kweshindo) takes about 60-90 minutes to traverse by foot - depending upon how fit one is. This track was made by the villagers themselves some years back and allows access (except when it rains) for small motor-bikes called pikipikis and pedestrians.
I have recently (May 2018) arrived back from Tanzania - my 13th visit there since 2010. I have set up projects in 13 villages in the Usambara mountains of Tanzania, a poor region where the people live in the most basic housing with under-resourced schools and healthcare facilities. You can find out what projects are happening in each village in this blog.