Supporting Community Empowerment through Website (re)Design

Demonstration of bio sand water filters provided in collaboration by Friendly Water for the World.

Work with Tanzanian partners to design new website celebrating community development projects and opportunities for collaboration 

Project description

Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO) is at the very center of our Tanzania collaborations. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Stephen Marwa, HRCO is stewarding exciting projects including a Community Bicycle Lab, Reusable Sanitary Pads, a Water and Sanitation initiative, and Early Childhood Center, Batik and Tailoring, just to name a few. Things are moving so quickly at HRCO, that its current website (if you can even find it) fails to communicate the growth and capacity building that are underway, within HRCO and the surrounding Mara Region.

Through our yearly study abroad trips and ongoing collaborations, we have gathered a treasure trove of pictures, videos, updates and communications that can help tell the stories of HRCO and build further capacity for community engagement. We are looking for talented students to work with Stephen and other Tanzanian partners toward building dynamic and compelling websites that they can support and sustain. 

Project outcome

Students will work collaboratively with Stephen Marwa, HRCO Executive Director on the following activities:

  • website design and copy writing
  • curating digital media
  • documenting individual projects
  • engaging with other community partners

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Flexible
Start time Flexible 
Level of collaboration Flexible 
Benefits Other
Who is eligible Anyone
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

  • Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO)
  • Other Tanzanian partners 

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Interested students will receive a copy of "On Tanzania Time: Celebrating 10 Years of Engagement and Discovery in the Mara Region" and submit a 1-page essay indicating what they hope to get and give to the project.
  • Students will also submit a portfolio or sample of their work that is relevant to the project