Health for Development project in Tanzania is a project that aims at transforming the livelihoods of the village communities through improved health conditions, which will lead to the increased availability of manpower and ability to work. The project concentrates on balanced diet, nutrition and breast feeding, clean and safe water, clean environment, better and clean toilets, entrepreneurship and VICOBA.
Better and clean toilets
Education on the construction of well-built toilets and cleanliness to avoid Urinary Transmitted Infections (UTI). As the result of education provided on better and clean toilets we sold SATO (sanitaion toilets) which have proved to be good.
Balanced diet, nutrition and breastfeeding
Providing education on the importance of proper breasting feeding for infants, a balanced diet and nutrition in health building, mental and physical development. A number of women are now breastfeeding their children to six months without giving them solid foods and mothers are eating balanced diet to get enough milk for their babies.
Clean and safe water
Providing education on the use of boiled and treated drinking water to avoid cholera and typhoid.
Education on eliminating open standing water around houses and cleaning water terraces in streets to avoid malaria.
Village community bank and entrepreneurship
Through buying shares and getting loans with small interest people are improving their lives, the loans helps them to run their small businesses. At the end of the year the shares increase its value as profit from the loans that people were taking with small interest. We have been training 4 VICOBA groups; out of them 2 were able to complete their rounds: Comfort group in Pawaga with 13,344,100 tsh shares and Ushindi group in Ifunda village with 9,654,000 tsh shares.
Suzan graduated in 2016. She worked as an entrepreneur, selling clothes and shoes, until 2020 when she was employed by Emmanuel International as a Pentecostal Holiness Mission (PHM) Development Officer. She says “I am very glad to work with Emmanuel International because it is all about working for God’s kingdom”.
In what way has the project (or group) made a difference to you?
The project has motivated me to work hard so I can manage to buy shares every week. And it has simplified my agricultural activities as now I can get loans from the group with small interest to support my agricultural activities.
I have got health knowledge that I did not have before the project.
I have gained new knowledge through the entrepreneurship program e.g. making soaps.
Savings has helped me easily solve problems that I face.
In what way has the project made a difference to your family?
I can now afford my family’s basic needs.
Through the VICOBA program I have managed to renovate my house.
My family’s health has improved.
I have managed to send my children to school.
I have managed to buy a ground for building my house, a thing that I could not do for four years before the project.
In what ways do you think the project has made a difference in the village?
The village is changing its perception towards some wrong beliefs on health issues, especially breast feeding.
The group contributed five bags of cement to the school for hostel construction which will lead into reduction of dropouts from school.
A number of people, especially from the group and their families, have improved health.
Decrease in diseases.
What is the biggest problem facing you, your family or the village now?
For now my problem is that I don’t have a place to keep chickens as I haven’t built my house yet. I just live in a small apartment.
Some villagers are still under very poor living conditions.
My family and I do not have any problem for now In the village people are still ignorant on health, especially those who are not in the group.
My family and I do not have any problem now but in the village we do not have enough water, so most of the families use water wells.
We don’t have any problem.
Frank Mkali Teddy Evarist Shukuru Kipingi Lucy Mgomela Rozina Mlembe Agnes Mgeni