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The United Nations’ International Volunteer Day is celebrated annually on 5th December. This year, the event focuses on volunteer efforts that strengthen the resilience of communities in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.

We look at how volunteers from Tanzania and from abroad have been supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in setting up small businesses in order to overcome economic challenges and create opportunities for young people in rural areas.

December 5, 2018

In recognition of World AIDS day, we talk to Christina Chrispine Ngogolo, an advocate for HIV positive people in Mkamba village, Kilombero, where one of Raleigh Tanzania’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects is taking place.

With the involvement of youth being crucial to improving education and reducing the stigma around HIV, Christina hopes that Raleigh’s WASH project is a step in the right direction for mobilising the community to act on issues that traditionally have been taboo.

December 4, 2018

Working on projects that address immense challenges like climate change has seen Raleigh volunteers reflect on how they can make a positive impact on the world around them, in ways that are not always glaringly obvious.

November 10, 2018

The 24th October marks the anniversary of the United Nations Charter coming into force in 1945, and is now celebrated worldwide as UN day. Here we detail how Raleigh Tanzania volunteers are working with rural communities towards achieving gender equality, one of the UN's sustainable development goals.

October 24, 2018

With the recent UN climate report stating that global warming will hit lower-income communities the hardest, it is now more important than ever to act on climate change to keep millions more people out of poverty.

As part of a new Raleigh Tanzania sustainable development project, 14 alumni from the Raleigh societies of Tanzania, Nepal, and Nicaragua are working towards assessing needs in rural communities in these countries, related to their resilience to climate change. The project – called ‘Exchange for campaigns, empowerment and leadership’ (ExCEL) and funded by Norwegian government body NOREC – will see young people lead the way in addressing the most pressing global challenges. 

Here, they describe how they’ve planned for their community phase and reflect on their progress so far.

October 18, 2018

Every year on 15 October, community and national leaders use Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands. While building new hygiene facilities is an important step for improving hand hygiene in rural communities, promoting changes in behaviour are just as vital to create lasting changes.

October 15, 2018

The 11 October has been marked by the United Nations as the International Day of the Girl. This year, the theme is ‘With Her: A Skilled GirlForce’, which aims to draw attention to the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability. Having positive role models is an important aspect of encouraging girls through their education and shaping their future careers. Raleigh Tanzania speaks to Juweni, Village Executive Officer (VEO) of Mkamba and a figurehead for the education of girls in her community.

October 11, 2018