Tanzania: Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO)

Mara, project mentor with HRCO Executive Director, Stephen Marwa, holding first batch of reusable sanitary pads.

Contribute to community development and women's empowerment projects developed in collaboration with UB students. Read about the first 10 years of partnering with Mara Tanzania in "On Tanzania Time."

Project description

Since 2009, ELN director, Mara Huber, has been visiting the Mara Region of Tanzania, cultivating partnerships with local NGOs and connecting UB students and colleagues with opportunities for engagement and collaboration. 

In 2015, UB students began visiting Tanzania through a popular study abroad course, bringing students from diverse majors and areas of study to explore community development and women's empowerment. While in-country, students explore the beauty and wonderment of Tanzania, while getting close to community projects and considering how they can add value through their own contributions. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mara is offering a virtual version of the Tanzania study abroad trip which has received national interest as higher education works to re-envision global learning within the evolving context. article 1   article 2

While our visits have featured a number of partners and NGOs, Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO), under the leadership of Executive Director Stephen Marwa, has emerged as our primary partner. HRCO supports its most vulnerable community members through a number of programs and social entrepreneurship initiatives. Over the years, UB students have contributed to HRCO's work in significant and extraordinary ways. 

Project outcome

You can read about the history of our collaboration through this open source eBook 

View the following sample projects completed by UB students in collaboration with HRCO:

Current needs:

  • marketing and communications 
  • grant writing
  • business model 
  • website development
  • higher education outreach
  • educational curriculum

Ongoing projects:

  • water and sanitation
  • environmental clubs
  • reusable sanitary pad projects
  • poultry raising
  • early childhood education
  • batik and tailoring
  • brick making

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Flexible 
Start time Anytime 
Level of collaboration Flexible 
Benefits Other
Who is eligible Anyone

Core partners

  • Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO)

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

Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Please be sure you identify your project as a Global NGO Project when you submit the interest form below.  

Start this Global NGO project

  1. Express your interest in this Global NGO project by clicking the button below and completing the form. 
    • You will be notified within 2 business days if you are approved to work on this project. Approval is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. After you receive approval from ELN, you should complete the Global NGO Project Preparation Guide in the section below. 
After you complete the Global NGO Project Preparation Guide, you will automatically be prompted by email to begin an ELN digital badge.

Preparation activities

After you receive approval from ELN to begin the project, you should download and complete this Global NGO Project Preparation Guide.

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

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