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, and better and clean toilets. The close relationship between economy and health made us think of doing VICOBA and entrepreneurship as well.
Hilda is a pastor and a beneficiary of the Health for Development project. She was very happy to receive this project. She says that many people like to be given money to help them improve their livelihoods, but on her side it is different. She believes that if she is taught how to make money, then she will have enough of it – even on the absence of the supporter.
She has a few chickens at her house which she believes, through this project, will increase in number. So, she will be able to improve her health as she will be getting eggs and chicken soup.
Hilda is among many people who are expected to change their livelihoods through this project and she is very thankful to EI for this great work they are doing.
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”.
COVID- 19 update to Health for Development project
Different from the rest of the world, COVID had no effect to the Health for Development project as we had no restrictions from the government. We are just going on with the project but we are taking precautions. including avoiding shaking hands, washing hands and providing education on COVID to our people whenever we meet.
Making the project sustainable
Emmanuel International would like to reach many people worldwide and so cannot support few places reached forever but would like to see those who were supported going on with the project. The project gives people, specifically the direct beneficiaries, the opportunity to learn a wide range of different things through entrepreneurship, through which they can increase their income and so they can be independent enough to even invite a specialist on health to teach them on using their own income. Also, they are given full ownership of their VICOBA groups: they select the leaders and they make decisions of how they want to do their activities and after a certain period of time EI remains as an advisory organ.