Empowering Women and Girls in Mara Tanzania

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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.

Topic description

In 2007 I met some Catholic nuns from Mara Tanzania who were studying at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. In addition to sharing a common name (Mara), we also discovered a mutual interest in Girls' Education and community development. They invited me to visit Mara and since 2009 I have been returning to Tanzania, bringing students, colleagues and community members interested in connecting their resources and talents through collaboration and engagement. I invite you to meet some of our Tanzanian partners and get involved through identified projects or bringing ideas of your own. You may also consider joining us for an upcoming study abroad trip where we explore Women’s Empowerment up close and harvest projects for future student engagement. Karibu Sana- welcome to Mara, Tanzania.

Project outcomes

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. 

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 the new Community Bicycle Lab at Hope Revival Children's Organization in Mara, Tanzania in collaboration with Spoke Folk Community Bicycle Project from 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 Friendly Water for the World to expand global access to low-cost, clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation.
Water Works Africa is seeking to collaborate with UB students to develop technology-based tools to assess community-based strengths, assets and needs around water, health and education.
Tanzanian Transmission will work to connect young women in the Mara region of Tanzania with UB students who are interested in connecting and sharing via digital communication. 
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 new collaborative initiative that seeks to empower local women through the making and distribution of textiles, reusable sanitary pads, and other handiwork