Youth-led sustainable development organisation Raleigh International, and partner Integrity Action (IA), have launched an innovative new project in Tanzania which will see young people in rural communities holding development projects, and the organisations delivering them, to account.July 16, 2018
Over the next three months, Raleigh volunteers from Tanzania and overseas will be working on SWASH (School Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) projects in four villages; two in Kilombero District, Morogoro Region and two in Kongwa District, Dodoma Region. Projects in these four villages commenced in January this year, and are set to be completed by September.
To continue Raleigh Tanzania's work in Tanzania, a new team of motivated and passionate volunteers has arrived. This new team will be based in Raleigh's main office in Morogoro town, and together will provide operational, logistical and medical support to all the youth volunteers who will soon arrive to contribute to the delivery of Raleigh's long term projects in rural Tanzania.June 30, 2018
Menstruation is often considered a taboo subject in rural Tanzania. This prevents open discussion about it, even between females. Girls can feel scared and isolated, often fearing they are ill or dying. Outdated myths are common in these communities, like the myth that if girls walk past men whilst menstruating they can get pregnant, or that their menstrual stomach cramps will stop if they get married or pregnant. Young girls hide their periods from male family members and most mothers feel uncomfortable discussing the subject, because of their lack of education on the normality of menstruation.May 28, 2018
We talked to Dorice about how her ICS Livelihoods team has helped entrepreneurs to gain business skills over the past three months in the rural village of Usengelindete, Iringa region, Tanzania. Whilst supporting community members, Dorice herself has also gained the skills she was looking for to achieve her dream of starting her own business one day. Over the course of her volunteering experience, Dorice has found a way to share her story and find a voice. Disability does not hold Dorice back. In fact, she believes that "disability is not inability. You can do anything." Dorice is becoming an inspiration to many whose lives are impacted by disability in Tanzania.May 14, 2018
"Not every closed door is locked, just push it."
This quote relates completely to my story. This is because I studied up to Form 6 and had a chance of keeping up my studies in the University of Dodoma but because of my family problems, I didn’t keep up with my studies. Due to that I decided to open the other door. That is why I am now a good entrepreneur and volunteer. I love the way I am.
From Sustainable Development Goals, to the inequalities between developed and developing countries, 21-year-old Raleigh Bursary Fund recipient Alex discusses his motivations, experiences and learnings from his recent Expedition in Tanzania.May 8, 2018
The end of our team's time in the village of Msimba on an ICS Livelihoods project seemed to begin on pitching day itself. We arrived at our training centre at 6am to set up and spend most of the day waiting for each entrepreneur to pitch their business idea to a panel and then for the results to be decided. All the time we had spent session planning, teaching, doing one-to-ones and practice pitches had all come down to this. Fortunately, all our entrepreneurs had put in a considerable amount of effort and were well-prepared for their pitches, resulting in 11 out of the 14 business ideas we put forward achieved a Raleigh grant.May 7, 2018
Beekeeping is a key sustainable micro-enterprise that can impact the lives of young people living in rural Tanzania. Beekeepers do not need a large area in which to put their hives. The bees do not need constant attention, as they are very self-sufficient. The production of hives and processing of
honey is relatively inexpensive. Just a small amount of technical knowledge is needed to keep bees. In this blog, successful entrepreneur, Ninga, shares with us how he discovered beekeeping and how he is making it his livelihood. Thanks to the support of project partner, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and Raleigh Tanzania’s entrepreneurship programme, Ninga is currently building more hives so that he run a sustainable business, both for himself and in contribution to the sustainable Forest Policy in Tanzania.
Last week, Elizabeth (pictured), gained a Raleigh grant to start her own business in the rural village of Ihombwe, Kilosa district, Morogoro region, Tanzania. For the past ten weeks Elizabeth has been attending a Raleigh Tanzania ICS Livelihoods training programme. Last Friday 27th April, Elizabeth successfully pitched for a grant to start a porridge mix supply business. Her unique selling point? Elizabeth’s porridge is made of specific, locally-sourced ingredients which are full of nourishment. Children in particular are in need of this nutritious source of food in rural parts of Kilosa, as Elizabeth experienced first-hand when she took her own daughter to hospital. How will Elizabeth overcome challenges to create a sustainable livelihood for herself whilst also addressing a key issue in Kilosa? Before Elizabeth’s pitch last week, volunteers spoke with her about her business idea.