Tanzania is one of the poorest economies in the world. About 75% of Tanzanians live in rural households where there is very little opportunity for economic growth and access to safe water and sanitation is rare.
Raleigh volunteers work in remote rural areas, living and working alongside the local community on sustainable development projects.
Access to Education
Compulsory (and free) education in Tanzania starts at the age of 7. Below this age it is estimated that only 35% of children attend pre-primary school centres; the majority of which are based in urban or suburban areas. These centres are important because they provide essential development opportunities for children, allowing them to integrate socially with others, learn through play and discovery, and develop language skills that are vital for their transition into primary school.
ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centres also play an important part in improving the futures of children by providing nutritious food and education on diet, as well as allowing parents time to work, providing an income to support the family. As part of the project, you could be involved in engaging with the local community on health and hygiene, nutrition awareness as well supporting the local community in the physical construction of an ECD centre.
In Tanzania, despite being one of the fastest growing economies, job creation is still a struggle. With an ever increasing population, young people are going to have to try even harder to secure formal, wage-earning jobs. This problem is more obvious in the rural communities, where their remoteness makes the situation worse. They have poorer access to education, healthcare, lack good training and skills, and there are few job prospects.
The largest industry in Tanzania is agricultural, with 75% of the population working in this industry. Agri-business, such as dairy production, have been identified by the government as a good area for growth and source for a reliable income, as the business is less dependent on the changing climate.
Our WASH programmes help empower the community to improve their own health and hygiene practices in their homes and schools. Almost half the population in Tanzania currently do not have access to safe water and just 12% of the population have access to safe sanitation facilities. This leads to a huge number of widespread problems including illness, overburdening of health services, low school attendance, and drop out from school because of limited sanitation facilities. This issue is highlighted young girls around the age of puberty, when the lack of adequate hygiene facilities can discourage them from attending school.