Student’s success is our passion



This is Fransica Doka the orphanage, she lives with her grandparents who are incapable of managing her studies. Since she is in ordinary level schooling our association Friends of Ifakara took the responsibility of assisting on paying her studies, yet she is one of the best students in the project

IMG-20190711-WA0016(score the 2nd grade in her advanced level examination…congrats).

Today she demonstrates that being financially incapable is not a give a way thing to fail but with a support someone can manage to do better in school. She is proud for herself and the association for her achievement.

img_20190716_105759.jpgAs she prepares joining university, she says her ambition is to be a geologist. Danke for all members of the association for a help to make this happens to her, she encourages this program to continue as it is very important to uplifting the students especially coming from poor families like the one she belongs.


Rice harvesting – families are happier

The farming becomes interesting when the crops are seen shining like this in the field. To a farmer as well this is a time of charming as it falls in a truly image drawn during planting season. Every one is now proud of her efforts of farming as the field demonstrate the assurance of food and income at home, and the association too feels strong to make this happen to families we work together. Proud of our work from farm level to facilitatation level, this is now we call farming is charming. Asante sana the association of Friends of Ifakara.

Orphanage Support

People in need are everywhere regardless of the age or gender and our support touches also the life of such groups. Below in the pictures are orphanages from Huruma ya Mungu Orphanage center in Kikwawila Ifakara,┬áas an association working with different groups in need we also thought to share our life by supporting these young children on important household stuff for them to feel are connected with us, in whatever way also feel our presence in their normal life of growth. Though we don’t share day to day life experience at the center but still we remember that there are such groups of people who need our connection, support and care. That’s what we did for them this Easter season and for sure we brought a smiling face to these youngs and the care takers as well. Our slogan was every day to make sure each have a smile and proud of being him or her.

On the sit is Fr. Martin, the director of the orphanage center, him and the children were so much thankful for us visiting and sharing them our time, thoughts and the support, a young lady standing in blow (Clecensia) on behalf said “asante sana kwakutuletea zawadi…pasaka itakuwa nzuri sana kwetu” means that thanks foe the gifts..this Easter will be wonderful for us.

For us as the team in Friends of Ifakara we are very much pleased to share our efforts to make everyone happier and proud .

Danke to every member in the association who makes these possible to happen to our people in Ifakara, by Moses the coordinator.

Life skills development and youth employment

The youth are also part of the forefront group to support on different projects, the landscaping group pioneered for life skills development and environmental protection through tree planting is actively implemented in Ifakara. In fact is a new idea recently introduced by our projects in the association. The engaged young people are hoping to raise awareness to others on life skills but also getting income from it by selling flowers ­čĺÉ and tree seedlings to people in and even outside Ifakara Town. Our initiative is to keep the group empowered in order for tjem to realise their ambition to the society.

Said in blue and Abdulakim are the founders of this landscaping group, but currently have 2 part-time more members working together

Shamba work

Women farmers are happy for the assistance from Max, the Austrian volunteer in Ifakara, though he is not used to farm fields but can easily catch up the process and be active in the rice farm, women are very happy to work together and feel proud of their work.

Income diversification

After shamba work in rain season, we keep on striving for people sustenance and livelihood development in aspects of gardening and animal keeping.

Wenn die Arbeit auf den Feldern w├Ąhrend der Regenzeit erledigt ist, bem├╝hen wir uns wieter um Auskommen und das Verbessern der Lebensumst├Ąnde der Menschen, v.a. in den Bereichen Gartenbau und Viehhaltung.

IMG-20181016-WA0025Currently after our projects, women in families do not only depend on one source of food and income generation, through the knowledge and teachings in groups women have diversified their activities into more diverse way that┬á enable them to have an extra source of household food and income to manage the family in terms of housing, medication, clothing, group strengthening in terms of financing themselves. This makes them proud of and more powerful in decision making not only at a family level but also at the level of community they belong.IMG-20181016-WA0029 For this as an Association of Friends Of Ifakara we feel it’s real important thing to make these family proud of themselves.

Chickens and School … and what connects them / H├╝hner und Schule …und was sie miteinander zu tun haben

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Youth empowerment is one of the less emphasized part not only in Ifakara but within a country at large. The generation comes with less life development skills for own production, self-saving or even small business development for personal income sources and hence poverty circle continues within families.

Junge Menschen zu unterst├╝tzen und ihre Handlungsf├Ąhigkeit zu erh├Âhen ist nicht nur in Ifakara, sondern im ganzen Land, ein gro├čes Thema. Jugendliche haben heute hier weniger Wissen ├╝ber Selbstversorgung, ihre eigenen Finanzen und auch bez├╝glich kleiner Gesch├Ąfte, um Einkommen zu generieren, wodurch die Armutsspirale in einer Familie sich mit jeder Generation weiter nach unten dreht.

The association through our projects thinks beyond, that life development skills are also important part for a young generation other than only the knowledge acquired in classes for academic career. This time four pilot students are supported with animal keeping skills and chickens for starting their own small projects at home as empowerment strategy and everyone believe that after few months he/she will be in a position to have his/her own established income source from chicken keeping to enable his/her own expenses like pair of shoes, uniform, buying books for school and even supporting part of family needs at home (this is common in Tanzania for poor families).

Als Verein versuchen wir ├╝ber die Projekte hinaus das Potential f├╝r Entwicklung gerade junger Menschen zu f├Ârdern und zu entwickeln, auch ├╝ber das (akademische) Wissen hinaus, das sie in der Schule erwerben. Diesmal starten wir mit 4 Sch├╝lerInnen, die mit H├╝hnern und Weiterbildung ( zur H├╝hnerhaltung unterst├╝tzt werden, um eigene kleine Projekte Zuhause zu starten. Damit soll ihre Handlungsf├Ąhigkeit gest├Ąrkt werden und alle sind sich sicher, dass sie in wenigen Monaten dadurch Einkommen generieren werden k├Ânnen und so f├╝r Schuhe, Schuluniformen und Schulb├╝cher aufkommen k├Ânnen, ja sogar zum Familieneinkommen und Haushaltseinkommen beitragen k├Ânnen (wie es in den ├Ąrmeren Familien Tansanias ├╝blich ist).

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From the left is Michael coming from Kilama village; he hopes that the supported chickens will empower him to manage his expenses for school. The next is Festus and Hidaya from Kibaoni; they are all ambitious to have quit a big number of chickens in few months to come and teach others to do self-owned activity at home as a part time productive work after studies in school. Zulfa (the last) a very charming girl says that this is an opportunity to her and her family to show many that her being a girl can make something at home as well as to the community, she promised to manage her chicken keeping and will also help others with chicken to start like the project did for her. This beginning makes the association to be proud of these four young students in our interventions.

Links steht Michael, der aus dem Ortsteil Kilama kommt und hofft durch das “H├╝hner-Projekt” Ausgaben f├╝r Schule und Bildung bestreiten zu k├Ânnen. Daneben stehen Fetsus und Hidya aus dem Ortsteil Kibaoni, die sehr ambitioniert sind und sich darauf freuen bald eine gr├Â├čere Zahl an H├╝hnern zu halten und bald schon ihr Wissen und die Erfahrungen aus dem Projekt zur Selbst-Finanzierung nach der Schule an andere Jugendliche weiterzugeben. Zulfa ist ein einnehmendes junges M├Ądchen, die das Projekt als eine Chance f├╝r sich und ihre Familie um allen zu zeigen, dass sie als junge Frau genauso (wie ein Mann) f├╝r ihre Familie und die Gemeinschaft etwas bewegen kann. Sie plant nicht nur f├╝r sich selbst zu arbeiten, sondern auch andere so zu unterst├╝tzen, wie sie vom Verein unterst├╝tzt wurde. Der Verein freut sich sehr ├╝ber diesen Projektstart und wir sind stolz auf die jungen ProjektteilnehmerInnen.