I greet you with a “Karibu” and invite you to explore our homepage you4africa. Here you can find up-to-date information on our projects and about the work of the Moravian Church Women Department in the southern province of Tanzania.
The southern province is mainly rural and rooted in tradition. Most people are subsistence farmers with little to no additional income. In order to feed and care for their family women are the first to get up in the morning and the last ones to go to bed at night. Only 5% of girls are able to go to secondary school. From an early age they have to help around the house and take care of younger siblings in support of their mother. To work with women therefore almost always means to work with girls as well in many contrasting aspects. The department for women and children not only tries to bring together generations but to encourage women to come together and share their worries and joy.
Despite their treadmill of everyday life women find time for each other. They engage themselves in church activities such as fund-raising, supporting the Sunday schools or taking care of guests in the congregation. The common ground strengthens them.
Pamoja tunaweza literally means “together we can do” and has become the slogan of the women groups here in the south. Fighting poverty, encouraging openness about HIV/AIDS, supporting each other and building networks – this describes the work of the women department of the Moravian Church in the south of Tanzania.
Since 2009 I am supporting the women department and am in charge of the project “women for a better future”. We have been moving ahead, preparing the way for changes but there is still a lot to be done.
The project is supported by mission 21, and by Verein zur Förderung der Entwicklung ländlicher Räume im südlichen Afrika e.V.