Women's Empowerment and Community Development in Mara, Tanzania

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Members of the UB community 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. The Sisters 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.

Students can participate in listed projects via study abroad courses- offered virtually and in-person (when possible). Contact Mara Huber for registration details. 

Fall 2020: Virtual Study Abroad to Tanzania  PSY499 Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:35 - 10:50

Students can also engage via the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Project (see list below)

Project outcomes

Projects are identified through consultation with partners. Identified priorities for Fall 2020 include:

1) Water and sanitation in Raranya, Rorya. Focus on supporting schools and establishing clubs

2) Reusable sanitary pad project in Raranya, Rorya

3) Community Bicycle Lab

4) Batik and tailoring projects

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.
Enhance the knowledge and skills related to menstrual health management in secondary schools in the Lushoto District of Tanga, Tanzania.
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