Bibie, Kikomolela Village
Thank you for your support and for being one of the first to donate to this project since it launched this summer! I have just returned from two weeks in Tanzania where I had the opportunity to visit the village of Kikomolela and meet with community members. This village is over a ten-hour drive from Dar es Salaam and if you go just a bit further down the road you’ll find yourself in neighboring Mozambique. A landscape thick with coconut palms, there is no electricity or running water and the nearby forest provides an abundance of resources to the local community – fuel wood, traditional medicines, wild fruits and meat, and water sources to name a few. As in all the communities where ARC works, we are constantly striving to balance forest conservation with local development needs.
Needless to say, community members are excited about building their own clinic and showed me the parcel of land they have set aside for its construction. They are eager to get going (community members are providing project labor in-kind) and I let them know that we are all working hard here to raise the required funds.
One woman named Bibie told me that she likes that Kikomolela has a primary school (she has two children who attend it), but is frustrated that there is no health clinic. When her children are sick her only option is to walk with them six or seven kilometers to a neighboring village to use their health services, but this isn’t always an option if her children are very sick. Later on I spoke with Jamaal who told me that the thing he likes most about his village is that the road has been improved in recent years, but that he is frustrated that there is still no health facility to help in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like malaria. It is great that we are coming together and helping Bibie, Jamaal, and the rest of Kikomolela build the health clinic they so urgently need.
If you would like to read more about my trip you can check out these blog posts that were written in the field:
On the Road: South Ngurus and Udzwunga Scarp and On the Road: Kikomolela and Likwaya
And make sure to also check out the pictures we’ve included with this report!
A reminder that Wednesday, October 19th is GlobalGiving Bonus Day! All donations will be matched at 30 percent. This is the perfect opportunity to let your friends and networks know about your support of this project and encourage them to make a donation. As always, thank you for your support!
Jamaal, Kikomolela Village
Land where clinic will be built