Families at the Heart of the Community

15th May 2017

At Raleigh Tanzania we recognize the importance of families and we work with them and with the wider community on programmes across rural Tanzania. We believe that when local communities and young people work side by side to create positive change it empowers them. And it’s the energy and motivation of these empowered people that creates lasting change. Our programmes in Tanzania focus on sustainable development in water, sanitation and hygiene, natural resource management and livelihoods.

Maria, Anne and Eleanore with the pupils of Chimlata primary school
Mike, Anne and Ciara with the pupils of Chimlata primary school

On this day last year Ban Ki-moon said,
“On this International Day of Families, let us resolve to advance sustainable development by creating a supportive environment where all family members of all ages can realize their potential to contribute to our world.”

Currently we are working in close partnership with Local Government Authorities on a School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) programme in the most marginalised areas of Morogoro and Dodoma, where school sanitation facilities are invariably in extremely poor condition and inadequate for children. Although primary enrollment is very high, the transition to secondary is low, particularly among young females. A major contributor to this is the lack of clean, safe and improved sanitation and hygiene. We recognize that children and young people are the future of their communities. It equips them with the skills and knowledge required to positively effect change in their school, facilities and family homes. As well as the construction of new facilities at the school we work with the children, teachers and community to run awareness raising sessions and Action Days around good health and hygiene practices in line with a government-approved education and behaviour change programme.

Yassin joining in with some dancing during a community action day
Yassin joining in with some dancing during a community action day

We also work with a variety of partners across the southern regions of Tanzania to deliver a livelihoods programme for 18 to 35 year-olds, where access to training and further education is very challenging. Volunteers live and work in villages, delivering the Raleigh Entrepreneurship Course. Roughly 30 people in each village will graduate from the course, and many will be supported to access finance and set-up their own small enterprises. By completing the course entrepreneurs are equipped with the tools and skills to grow and develop their business, which in turn will provide an income for them and their families leading to improved livelihoods.
Lastly but not least we work alongside project partner Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) to conserve Tanzania’s forests through community-based sustainable management approaches. Our aim is to raise awareness amongst local populations of the importance of sustainable forest management and to increase the long-term likelihood of success of community-based natural resource management projects. The results being to develop sustainable livelihood options for communities close to the forests.

Victoria and Anne working with a young helper on the project site in Ihanu
Victoria and Anne working with a young helper on the project site in Ihanu

Families remain at the heart of communities ensuring the well-being of its members, educating and socializing children and caring for the elderly and sick. For this reason, the community is always at the centre of the work we do, working with them to take step towards achieving the central goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goals focus on ending poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development and people’s well-being while protecting the environment.

Together we can inspire communities and young people around the world to create lasting change.

Climate and Conservation Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Youth Economic Empowerment Tanzania