Empowering Women and Girls in Mara Tanzania

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Members of the UB and Buffalo communities have been traveling to Mara, Tanzania, since 2009, collaborating with partners in support of women’s empowerment and community development. You are invited to contribute your talents and expertise through related projects and classes.

Topic description

In 2007 ELN director, Mara Huber, met two nuns from Mara Tanzania who were studying at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. In addition to sharing a common name (Mara), they also discovered a mutual interest in Girls' Education and community development. Sister Janepha and Sister Agnes invited Mara to visit Mara, bringing other members of the UB community to explore opportunities for collaboration. Since 2009, she has been returning to Tanzania, bringing students, colleagues and community members interested in connecting their resources and talents through collaboration and engagement.

With the 2019 launch of the ELN Project Portal, Mara was able to build on ongoing collaboration via virtual projects and engagement. Students are invited to explore individual projects or join Mara in fall 2020 when she hosts UB's first virtual study abroad trip to Tanzania, which will feature individualize projects and engagement with UB's longtime partners and alumni. Contact Mara for information about the course, projects, or upcoming study abroad trips. 

Project outcomes

Projects are identified through collaboration with partners and visits to program sites. All projects seek to build capacity within the Mara Region, sharing resources and expertise toward strengthened opportunities and self-sufficiency. Project outcomes will in some way "add value" to ongoing plans and initiatives, providing something valuable on which partners can build and develop.

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Projects related to this topic

We will design and develop "classroom kits" for schools throughout the Mara Region of Tanzania, and create a strategy for piloting and distributing the kits.
Students will help develop a Community Bicycle Lab through Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO) in Mara, Tanzania in collaboration with Spoke Folk Community Bicycle Project in Dunkirk, NY.
Seeking students to transform UB's study abroad itinerary into an invitation for other campuses and communities to visit, collaborate with, and invest in women's empowerment and social innovation in Mara, Tanzania.
Work with Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO) and  Friendly Water for the World to expand access to low-cost, clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation.
Students will work with members of Crowd2Map Tanzania and Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania to improve the map of rural Tanzania so that girls can be better protected from FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
Support the development of a reusable sanitary pad project started by UB student, Danielle Nerber (2018).
Work with Tanzanian partners to design new website celebrating community development projects and opportunities for collaboration 
Working to solve the challenge of transporting goods across international boarders efficiently and cost effectively to increase the economic capacity in rural Tanzania.
Students will engage with ongoing and evolving projects in Mara, Tanzania that empower local women through the making and distribution of textiles, reusable sanitary pads, and other handiwork