wortundtat engagement in Southeast Africa
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries: with regard to the so-called Human Development Index (HDI)* of the United Nations, the country ranks in 154st place of 189 (Germany: rank 5). If viewed in isolation, the south of the country would occupy an even worse rank.
In the villages of the Tunduru District, people live under very basic conditions in mud huts: there is no communal water or energy supply. Paved roads, secondary schools or the prospect of finding a job in trade or industry? You will hardly find that anywhere! Only since a few years has it been possible to reach the neighbouring towns via an asphalt road. Their livelihood is based on agriculture.
Since 1996, wortundtat has been supporting the KIUMA Project in a region with a population of about 100,000. Parallel to the growth of KIUMA the population also has significantly increased over the past years.
Church of the Love of Christ
KIUMA stands for Kanisa la Upendo wa Kristo Masihi (German: Church of the Love of Christ). The work of the helpers ranges from short-term support up to sustainable development and change of the entire region. To be more specific, KIUMA has set up facilities for health, education and communal infrastructure.
Much has changed in the Tunduru District since Dr. Matomora Matomora, the head of KIUMA, began to develop the project: Apart from very good training programmes and a modern hospital, other facilities have been established, which changed the life of the local residents. Apart from that, the population in the region – mainly Muslims – recognised that the Christian helpers do not pose any threat but focus on close cooperation, mutual acceptance and sustainable development. “You have built a church. Now we know that you are here to stay”, said leading tribal representatives to the wortundtat helpers.
* Source: Human Development Reports 2018 of the United Nations (as at September 2019). Apart from the Gross Domestic Product per inhabitant of a country, the HDI also takes life expectancy and the degree of education of the population into account.