Help for an entire region
Tanzania’s south seeks to make progress. Since 2017, an asphalted A-road has been connecting the coastal region in the west with the Hinterland in the east, directly leading past the wortundtat project KIUMA. However, the road alone does not change the basic conditions under which many people in the south live. Many kilometres of extensive scrubland are lining the road on both sides. In Central Europe, to describe the pistes that run through the vast countryside as a “farm track” would be regarded as a compliment. It is only suitable for cross-country vehicles throughout the year, including the rainy season.
The KIUMA site is by the village of Milonde, about six kilometres in the west of Matemanga. North and south of the Tunduru District are two of Africa’s the largest nature reserves, the Selous and (in the neighbouring country of Mozambique) the Niassa Reserve. As important the protection of nature is – at the Tunduru District it is the main reason for the lack of development.
The KIUMA site is the centre of the work of wortundtat in the Southeast of Tanzania: There are several education facilities and a hospital with about 100 beds. The large assembly hall of the secondary school for far over 1,000 people can also be used as a meeting room for the region.
Apart from that, wortundtat is also helping to develop the communal infrastructure in other places: In some villages of the district, helpers support the development of schools and community centres – if required, new projects are added within and outside the KIUMA ground.