The groups have completed their projects and are on their way home knowing they have made a positive contribution to the villages they have been living in for the last three months.
In 2016, ICS Tanzania has had 511 volunteers and 88 Team Leaders give their time and support between 43 projects with some brilliant project partners. Collectively, these volunteers have worked together to inspire and empower communities on both 24 Livelihood and 19 WASH projects.
This year’s Projects
During three cycles in 2016, the volunteers have been very privileged to work in 43 rural Tanzanian communities. This year’s project partners include Save The Children (STC), East Africa Dairy Development (EADD), Southern Tanzania Elephant Project (STEP), Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA) and People’s Development Forum (PDF).
The volunteers have been challenged and tested to their limits and have proven that they had both the passion and teamwork to achieve fantastic results. Together they have trained 614 entrepreneurs with 232 of them receiving financial support in setting up their businesses. They have also helped build 18 latrines and taught over 840 hours worth of SWASH lessons in classrooms full of eager to learn students.
Our volunteers are going home for Christmas with new friends and the knowledge that they have opened their minds and made an impact in rural Tanzanian communities. We hope everyone will look back on their time in Tanzania with compassion for the world, a drive to continue doing good work and memories that they will never forget.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our volunteers, project partners and sponsors. We can’t wait to see what 2017 hold. If 2016 is anything to go by, it’s going to be truly extraordinary.