Our Africa projects

School development in Kigoma

We are currently working to support education in Kigoma, Tanzania.

Infusionarts aim to build a school (which will be externally funded) and assist young people to have a regular place to have lessons and develop a more positive outlook on life. Many young people have nowhere to go and no way of making enough to live on, ending up on drugs or in sex trafficking. To improve this situation we are working to support a project that uses community radio to promote awareness of health issues and provide distance learning, especially for more remote villages.

Objectives
1. To create a new school building, functioning on minimum finances
2. To provide educational programmes for local development
3. To provide some training in order to facilitate the creation of jobs locally and to enhance opportunities in Kigoma
4. To provide programmes covering community issues and social welfare



If you would like to get involved in fund raising or you would like to discuss how your school can get involved please let us know.


Dr. Deo Baribwegure, director of KICORA writes

‘Tanzania is among the poorest countries in the World, Kigoma among the poorest regions of Tanzania. It is located at Lake Tanganyika in the far west of Tanzania, and it has borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi, in the West and in the North-West, respectively. The majority of the 2 million inhabitants live in poverty or extreme poverty with less than 1USD/day, following reports of the World Bank. This means low income, subsistence agriculture, simple housing, bad or missing infrastructure (roads, water, sanitation and communication) absence of industry, high incidents of HIV/Aids and a low educational level. The presence of refugees mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) worsens the situation. However, most of them live in camps and some from Burundi are returning to their home country.

Despite this situation Kigoma enjoys a peaceful coexistence of Christians, non Christians and ethnic groups. That is a reason to be optimistic about the future social and economic development for Kigoma. Education is a key factor for development and a well functioning community radio can boost initiatives by local organizations as well as international NGO’s to develop this region. A community radio can contribute substantially to tackle many challenges in education, poverty reduction, health, environment, agricultural innovation and fishery. The long experience of Central American countries and Australia in community radios for distance learning shows that the radio as a mass-medium can play an important role in the development and the local transformation process. It can facilitate local communities to exchange private messages within a short time; responding therefore to the demands and expectations of the local people: giving a voice to those without voice. A Community Radio can also foster advocacy, strengthen the local culture and help to support the local identity, and promote solidarity between people'.

 

 

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