Conservation of water sources through tree planting
Establishment and management of community tree nursery (herbs and indigenous trees);
Renewable energy (construction and installation of demonstration energy saver stoves- the stoves are designed in a very simple technology and will be installed in few homes as a demonstration for the community to adapt);
Environmental education and awareness through various participatory methods like workshop presentations, debates in schools, sports, Arts, Craft, Music etc.
Educational activities (Study Part): The study part will be divided in four folds; the big picture to understand why do we need to be developing sustainable communities, listening to nature and celebrating life; Ecological: bio regionalism, local food and organic farming; Social:-community living, diversity and building communication skills; Economic:-understanding the global versus local argument, analyzing ecological footprint.
Local residential house in the village. Clean running water, electricity will be available. Rooms will be shared with mattress on the floor. Food will be provided at the accommodation for the entire period of the project. Vegetarian meals will be available.
The word “Marangu” means a place with too many water streams. It is one of the most popular places in Tanzania. Located at the foot of Africa’s tallest mountain, the quaint village of Marangu offers fascinating insight into both modern Tanzanian life and into the lives of the Chagga people who once withstood vicious Masai raids through the ingenious use of tunnels. Many Marangu residents are farmers growing bananas, vegetables and coffee. However, the biggest source of income is tourism. The Marangu route is the most popular hiking route in Africa. The fact and reality of Marangu makes this place to be accessible with all social, economic and security facilities. You will not regret to be in Marangu, Kilimanjaro.
Being in Northern Tanzania known as the capital of cultural, natural and tourist attraction you will have a good number of options:-
Cultural & Eco tourism around Chagga communities in Kilimanjaro, Masai in Arusha and the neighboring regions.
Hiking- there is a possibility of Hiking in Kilimanjaro mountain nature forest
Wild-life safari – Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parks
Mountain Climbing- (Mount Kilimanjaro, Meru and others.)
Water side relaxation: Lake Chala, water falls etc.
Nature and Culture are two different terms but interconnected since one affect another. Conservation of the both has been popular topic over the decades now. This is due to the fact that, human activities are increasing every other day hence interfering the nature and cultures. This project is focusing on complex question; whether we can conserve nature and culture hence design sustainable communities for our future.
Marangu is a community gifted with natural attraction like forest, water sources and water falls, landscapes, green vegetation throughout the year etc. However the nature has been significantly affected by human activities. Most families still maintain traditional style of cooking their meals on the ground in the house over an open flame. As a traditional house usually has only one room, the whole house is filled with the smoke before and after meals. The smoke is thick and stays in the house as only a little hole in the roof allows for ventilation. As a result, acute respiratory and eye diseases are a significant problem for mostly women and children. Additionally, this form of cooking requires large amount of firewood, which puts pressure on the Mount Kilimanjaro forest and thus a major contributor of forest destruction leading to climate change.
Be comfortable working indoors and outdoors
Willing to share leadership roles
having a sense of adventure
lover of nature and cultures
Enjoying working with plants and around environmental sustainability topics
Non-Tanzanian volunteers are required to have business visa in order to join this project. Visa is available online and can be also obtained at the airport or other boarder entry on arrival upon presentation of UVIKIUTA invitation letter.