RIDPA is working in villages in Tanzania to provide adequate living conditions for many people. While RIDPA is working hard to improve conditions in these areas, needs are still not met and help is needed. The Government effort to help people in Africa is not enough, and needs to be backed up. RIDPA invites partners to join us and enjoy the social work of helping people.
Ujiji Kigoma, Tanzania
RIDPA is now running the Livingstone Nursery School in Ujiji Kigoma, Tanzania. The school was known before as the “Moproco Nursery School.” The Livingstone Nursery School is helping children from the poorest families in the area. Two hundred children are registered this year. Children attend the school in different sessions, as there is not enough classroom space for all children to attend at once. Currently, only three teachers are working full-time in the school.
Livington Nursery School Needs: Building refection and iron sheet roofing, more water fountains, more benches, new books.
Kagera is an isolated village in Tanzania, with a population of about 7,8000 people living in 3,600 houses. The main problem in this area is the lack of fresh water. People in Kagera must to walk about 3 miles to bring small quantities of water in baskets or basins back to their village. Women are required to make 2 or 3 trips every day to get enough water for just one average family. RIDPA is currently working to restore running water, which has been absent for many years.
Kagera Needs: Potable water, schooling for children, health care center.
About 150 people have been isolated from other people in Kibirizi because of leprosy. These people do not have any help from the government, and many have died. There are many orphans in Kibirizi who do not receive proper care and have no possibility of attending school. RIDPA works to help people in Kibirizi by distributing soaps, salt and clothing. The Congolese Refugee Camp, with many people who also need help, is in this area as well.
Buzebazeba and Rusimbi
This is a very densly populated area. According to the 1988 census, the population was 11,188 with a growth rate of 2.8%. People in these areas are stricken with diseases like cholera, diarrhea, and tuberculosis. Many people die from disease every day. Hunger, AIDS, and shortage of water are other issues people in Buzebazeba and Rusimbi face every day. RIDPA is working to help the poorest people (handicaps, widows, fatherless, and beggars) in this area by teaching them professional skills and training community members to be successful in their future life. The annual income of people of this district is 30,103 Tsh ($40 USA), which is considered absolutely poverty. An effort has been made to help people to protect themselves against AIDS and other diseases.
Buzebazeba and Rusimbi Needs: potable water, food, health care center, technical school, center for orphans.
RIDPA has been working with an established clinic, the Baraza clinic, in Mwanga. The clinic is 6 miles from Buzebazeba, and works to improve health conditions in the area. However, this hospital is in poor condition, and it is overwhelmed by the number of people who need help. Currently, about 40 patients visit the clinic each day. There is not enough medical equipment or beds at teh clinic to admit all patients waiting. Even the clinic latrine is not appreciable.