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.
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.
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.