Tanzania is relatively stable and has one of the best economic growth rates in sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade. It is also an international tourism magnet, boasting Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and wildlife-rich national parks including the Serengeti
A third of the population is in poverty and the majority of the poor still rely for a living on agriculture, where economic growth has been slower. A lack of infrastructure and access to basic services continues to hinder rural development. As well as the rural poor, there are the problems of Aids and orphans – an estimated 1.6 million Tanzanians have Aids and 1.3 million children have been orphaned as a result of Aids – and malaria which is the highest cause of death among children.
Children’s Eco Village:
Our pioneering Eco Village just outside the capital Dar es Salaam will not only be home to 160 orphans and vulnerable children on completion but an innovative model for other communities. Set in 30 acres of lush green surroundings, the village will have 16 children’s homes, a sports ground, a playground, a mosque, a community centre, a library, a training centre and a permaculture farm. The emphasis is on sustainability for the village and surrounding communities and almost total reliance on green energy, features duplicated at the village’s Eco Mosque.
Caring for the environment and sustainability are among the hallmarks of Islamic Help’s work in Tanzania.
We have recently launched our #TreeTuesdays iHelp Give campaign where we are encouraging people to plant trees in Tanzania to preserve the environment
Our Trees for Change programme offers similar benefits with income-generating nurseries to boost women’s livelihoods and contribute to the environment.
Our permaculture farm emphasises practice that regenerates and contributes to the bio-diversity of the region while boosting the economic prospects of villagers
In the first phase of a major project launched in 2014, more than 100 women in the Pangani district have already been trained and provided with the tools and equipment to take up bee-keeping and sell honey in local, and eventually wider, markets. In addition, our micro-finance programme has helped further empower local women by giving them grants to set up their own businesses ranging from cafes to clothes shops.
We continue to provide essential aid and humanitarian relief through our water wells programme, while our Mission Possible deployments have distributed essential medical, educational and livelihood materials. In the field of education, Islamic Help Tanzania has opened The Co’rdoba International School for girls as a self-sustainable and high quality educational
In 2014, we planted more than 30,000 trees in the Eco Village and neighbouring communities to provide livelihoods and combat deforestation and climate change