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An Online "Visit" to Tanzania | Overview



Seminar groups have been posing for photos on the last day of seminars since 1996. Here, a group from St. John Lutheran (Joliet, IL) poses with teachers attending a two-day seminar they hosted that included instruction in writing comparison/contrast essays, Microsoft Word computer software, and HIV/AIDS.







Mwangaza's Binti/Mama program strengthens teams of intergenerational women to be advocates for healthy lifestyles in school and community settings. Mwangaza's Community Health program trains women and men team leaders in congregational settings to be advocates for safe living and decision-making for all members of the community.





Small dukas (family-run shops) line dirt roads in all communities. Here, vegetables and fruit raised in the family garden plot are for sale. Women play the major role in growing and caring for the family garden.




Mini-books are doing what we hoped they would do: they are coming into homes, and most represent the first piece of informational text on paper that a family may keep and refer to. Mini-books are used in Mwangaza's Binti/Mama, Secondary Teacher Professional Development, and HIV/AIDS programs. Students, teachers, and families are clamoring for more.



Much labor is done manually, as evidenced here by the large cart that this family uses to move heavy things about. The family home is behind them. Everyone in the family has a specific role to play in all the daily required tasks, from carrying water, chopping wood, planting crops, preparing food, and caring for small children.



The Mwangaza "campus" is capable of hosting groups, thanks not only to its Assembly Hall for meetings, but also to its buildings that can house guests at an affordable price. Located in a quiet neighborhood setting, the Mwangaza staff is on hand to support guests and visitors while they are in Arusha. Here, visitor Jackie is welcomed by two Mwangaza staff members.




The Mwangaza Partnership exists here: the Chair of Friends of Mwangaza, Inc. (l.) shakes hands with the chair of the Mwangaza Education for Partnership Board. Though each group is autonomous, both work together to review and promote the work of Mwangaza Education for Partnership.




A favorite gathering place on the Mwangaza campus is this traditional banda, a thatch-covered, open-aired, circular patio. Here, a group begins a seminar with morning devotions and hymn-singing. It's a space for work, dining, and daily devotions.




High school students often work in groups. Not only is this a good way to support one another in learning, but it is also a necessity due to the few resources available. For many students throughout Tanzania, the use of English is severely limited; however, when students enter ninth grade (Form I), English is the medium of instruction. For most students, they are learning in their third language.




Mwangaza not only offers seminars at its Arusha campus, but also receives requests to provide on-site seminars in school settings nationwide. Here, Mwangaza program coordinator Salome Lally engages secondary school teachers in a week-long seminar which includes student-centered methodologies, computer skills, the use of mini-books and government texts.





Staff member Andrea is only one of the fifteen ancillary Mwangaza staff members who provide a safe learning environment for its guests and seminar participants." Andrea is one of a team who maintains Mwangaza's buildings and gardens. All Mwangaza staff members contribute to Mwangaza's environment of hospitality.





In Tanzania, it is estimated that women, especially in rural areas, provide 80 percent of the labor force, generating 60 percent of food production. Despite these disproportionate numbers, women have little decision-making power regarding income, reproduction issues, or education. The Binti/Mama program supports women's understanding of nutrition, women's health, HIV/AIDS and much more.


women health



Few homes in Tanzania have the luxury of plumbing. Women and children are responsible for collecting a family's daily water needs. In this Arusha neighborhood, there is a community spigot available, but in rural areas, women and/or children walk miles to retrieve enough water to meet their daily needs.




women's health


This book has provided guidance for the Binti/Mama Program, combining self-help medical information with an understanding of the ways in which poverty, discrimination, and cultural beliefs may limit women's health or access to care. Among the topics featured in the book and included in the Binti/Mama program are women's health and lifecycle, HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, and issues of violence and abuse.




women's health classes



Women who attend Binti/Mama seminars are empowered to return to their respective communities as advocates for healthy lifestyles and safe communities.












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