January 2023

Another month, another photo competition for our amazing local Tanzanian representatives who have been sending photos of their projects to us throughout the month! Let us know what you think via social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #TDTPhotoComp!


(1) Journey to Mdughuyu

For 3 months during the rainy season getting to and from Mdughuyu village involves crossing this river.

This is particularly challenging for students getting to the secondary school, and for patients needing the clinic 30 km away.

So we are working with Eucanaid on an integrated village development project at Mdughuyu to include a new clinic. Read more here.

(2) Mdughuyu Primary School

As part of the integrated village development project at Mdughuyu we will be developing the primary school. Currently they have only  2 completed classrooms.

(3) Mdughuyu village

We are also planning to develop income generating projects in Mdughuyu as we did at our previous integrated village project at Marumba in Mtwara, where we set up bee keeping and a maize mill. 

(4) Testing improved cassava for pests

As part of the PlantVillage project run by MVG in Kigoma youth have been trained in using a free app to test for crop pests. Almost all of indigenous cassava plots were infected, resulting in hugely reduced yields. Therefore MVG have set up pilot demo plots with improved high yield, pest resistant varieties. Here Benedicto is demonstrating to the farmers that they are clean.  MVG is also registering as a seed supplier so that farmers can benefit from these improved seeds.

(5) Walking to market in Kigoma

These farmers who are participating in the PlantVillage scheme in Kasulu, Kigoma are now taking their produce to market in the nearby village of Rusesa.

Read more about this project here.

(6) Deaf tailors in Dodoma

Deaf students at Matumbulu proudly demonstrate the dresses they have made.

TDT recently supported materials and equipment for the vocational training at this new site in Dodoma.

(7) Deaf students at Kigwe Primary School

Deaf children face many challenges getting into a school, and many do not succeed for years, and as sign language is phonetic, the change from primary to secondary signing is particularly difficult, and few succeed.

These students at Kigwe in Dodoma discuss with our local rep Patrick their aspirations for the future. Many will go on to vocational training at Matumbulu.

Currently this school is full, but could take more students from the waiting list if a classroom had its roof repaired. We are currently seeking funds for this.

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