Tanzania: Beekeeping and Community Development

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Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) engages people with albinism and other vulnerable groups in social entrepreneurship projects

Project description

Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) is a collective of Indigenous marginalized women, disadvantaged youths, vulnerable groups, and people who are living with disability established in 2014 and formalized in 2016. It is headquartered in Mwanza, Tanzania.

CLAO creates opportunities for victims of social circumstances through social entrepreneurship projects such as water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), brick laying, tailoring, liquid, soap making, firm, parmagarden, beekeeping, and informal and formal education and sanitary pads.

We invite interested students to help build our efforts through collaborative projects. We are currently focusing on beekeeping, especially among people with albinism. This is an existing project that should be more advanced in order to financially support these people who are undergoing economic exclusion, physical abuse, gender discrimination, stereotype, misconceptions, and prejudices. This project takes place within Tanzania regions

Project outcome

CLAO welcomes all ideas for projects and engagement that will help build capacity for our community programs. We are interested in securing grants, donations and other opportunities to grow and sustain our projects.

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

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible  

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

24 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Start the project

To apply for one of the limited spaces, send an interest email to ubeln@buffalo.edu with the following information and one of our staff will respond with more information via email :  

  • Share relevant background information about yourself and why you are interested in a global project.
  • Review the list of current global partnerships, list the three you are most interested in working with and explain why for each.
  • Explain what you hope to contribute to and gain from a global project.

Note that global partners rely on the contributions associated with ELN student projects and commit their limited time and resources to working with students. Accordingly, different projects will require varying amounts of time and strong commitment and follow through.  

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.

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. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.