Our Partner Projects
The Tanzania aid organization was founded in Bregenz in 1960. Thanks to the help and support of the province of Vorarlberg, especially the former governor Ulrich Ilg, since 1960 many handicraft businesses, which form a basis for the economic development of a developing country, nursing schools, women’s centres, hospitals, orphanages and much more have been supported.
The Tanzania aid organization has been a partner in the Mafiri Children’s Home project since 2015. Together, and with a well built on the area of the Mafiri Children’s Home, the foundation stone for the future orphanage was laid. The well doesn’t just supply the children of the Mafiri Children’s Home with clean water, but also up to 3,000 people in the surrounding area.
The Tanzania Relief Organization is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organization that is subject to Austrian association laws. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Vienna, recognizes the deductibility of donations to the association and included it in the list of “beneficiary recipients of donations” under the entry number SO 2230.
The NURU Foundation is primarily committed to helping disadvantaged mothers and young children in Tanzania. Their aim is to guarantee that mothers are given comprehensive medical and psychological care during pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery. The foundation is a self-help project for local mothers, and is run by Milena Schaller and Edward Komu.
The NURU foundation, which means “light” in Swahili, was founded by Milena Schaller in June 2014. During a two-month internship in a maternity ward in a hospital in Dar Es Salaam, Milena experienced boundless poverty. Countless children died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. The reasons for this are: poor hygienic conditions, a lack of medical facilities, illnesses or the effects of malnutrition during pregnancy, etc. Mothers are also often fatalities before, during or after the birth process. Very often the affected mothers cannot afford hospitalization and give birth to their children at home, within their local village. They give birth in unhygienic surroundings, they have no medical care, and often die of blood loss. The children who have lost their mother find themselves in an almost hopeless situation.
Milena met three-month-old Nuru during an internship in a children’s home where 81 children grow up in a confined space under indescribable circumstances. Nuru’s mother died during childbirth, there was no trace of her father. Shortly after Nuru’s arrival at the children’s home she fell seriously ill with an inflammation of the middle ear. Pus ran out of her ears and she was only breathing very superficially. For Milena it was clear: this child urgently needed medical help. However, the director of the children’s home did not allow Milena to bring Nuru to the hospital, as an official permit was required to take a child away from the children’s home premises. It remained unclear who should grant this authorization and when it would arrive. Milena made the decision to kidnap Nuru from the children’s home to ensure her survival. Nuru received the medical help she needed at the nearby hospital. With the prescribed medication and a lot of attention from Milena, Nuru recovered from her illness and soon became the girl with the big, shining eyes and the infinitely strong will to live again!
Milena’s internship was over and she left Tanzania. The feeling of not knowing how Nuru was and how she would develop was hard for Milena to bear. Milena asked the manager of the Children’s home for immediate notification if Nuru’s health deteriorated, and promised to send money to pay for medical treatment if necessary. Less than a month later, and during Christmas of all times, Milena received the devastating news that Nuru had died.
The experience of this terrible injustice moved Milena to establish the Nuru Foundation. Her desire is to see children and mothers, irrespective of where they are born to live. That mothers are allowed to give birth with dignity, that they have the right to a medically assisted pregnancy and birth. Milena Schaller is training as a midwife at the University of Applied Sciences for Health in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to her studies, she is also involved with the NURU Foundation. Milena lives in Freiburg and travels as often as possible to her second home, Tanzania.
SAT addresses social and environmental problems caused by environmentally harmful and unsustainable farming practices that lead to food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition due to environmental damage caused by the loss of humus-rich topsoil, water resources and forests. These environmental problems lead to economic hardship and social problems that are exacerbated during periods of drought caused by climate change and it’s expected to worsen in the coming decades. SAT aims to reduce social and ecological problems and provide sustainable food for the rapidly growing world population.
The majority of farmers use recognised agro-ecological methods to improve their livelihoods, protect the environment and reduce pressure on natural resources
- to change agricultural practices in Tanzania through the appropriate dissemination of knowledge
- build the capacity of farmers to participate effectively in the value chain
- to cooperate with relevant partners in the public sector to strengthen their capacities in agro-ecology
- to work as a credible organisation that takes a transparent, accountable and cost-effective approach to the holistic transformation of agriculture into an environmentally friendly and economically viable sector