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Tanzania, in East Africa, has a population of around 45 million. The country fares poorly in the United Nation’s Human Development Index, where it can be found near the bottom of the table. Tanzania’s economy has grown over recent years and the cancellation of the nation’s debts has meant that there is more money available for energy provision and ensuring sufficient food supplies. The country’s population is growing so quickly, however, that it is not easy to reduce poverty levels. Tanzania’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture.
FELM’s partner organisations in Tanzania are the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) the Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS), which carries out community development work, and the pastoralist organisation HIMWA.
Developing healthcare provision
ELCT carries out several development cooperation projects that receive funding from the Finnish government (through FELM).
FELM has supported the building of a state hospital in Kilindi. FELM also supports the development of ELCT’s own healthcare provision and advocacy work.
In addition, FELM carries out a project, in collaboration with the ELCT’s Tumaini University, which aims at tackling the factors behind the spread of HIV and AIDS in Tanzania. The project aims to bring about permanent changes in both attitudes and behaviour. The means of achieving this goal are family counselling work, marriage seminars, training of trainers and awareness-raising work in secondary schools. Micro-credit is also provided to young people and widows.
Education for all
ELCT runs a school for the disabled in Lushoto. The secondary school is being refurbished and its teaching programme is being developed. Teaching in the school for the disabled is also being developed. The school promotes the use of sign language.
In the school for the disabled there is an rehabilitation group that tours the diocese and is therefore also able to reach disabled children living in the villages. It is also important to train parents and communities to take responsibility for the disabled.
Development begins in the villages
FELM supports TCRS’s development projects in Kishapu, Kilwa and Morogoro. The projects in Kilwa and Morogoro aim to help villagers to develop self-sufficiency and to encourage them to participate in decision-making processes that affect their communities.
In Kishapu, TCRS’s project aims at mitigating the effects of climate change. TCRS provides training and support to villagers in fixing the old water supply system and in founding village water committees to oversee it.
FELM supports its partner organisations in increasing their administrative and financial management capacities.
ELCT aims to be financially self-sufficient so that, in the future, the Church would be able to fund its activities without external support. At present, however, there is a shortage of trained pastors and proclamation workers. New dioceses are having difficulty paying their workers’ wages and providing worker training.
FELM workers teach at ELCT’s Tumaini University, which trains pastors, musicians and teachers of various subjects to be advocates in the service of the Church. Grants are also given for the education of church workers in Morogoro, the Lake Victoria Eastern Diocese and Lushoto.
FELM also carries out church work in Mwanza, where it supports proclamation work among the Sukuma tribe and the training of church workers. In Morogoro ELCT is involved in Christian education, women’s work and youth and children’s work among pastoralist groups. FELM supports the development of diaconal work in the Southern Diocese.