"The best way of holistic humanistic support is to enable people to use their own potential" (Josaphat Lebulu, Archbishop of Arusha, ret.)
Goals and Background
The core problem: The HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected almost an entire generation of parents in Tanzania, leaving behind many orphans for whom the government cannot provide. The impending neglect of such children and young people is also a serious factor in destabilising the society. Such children are particularly vulnerable to crime and prostitution, radicalisation or flight.
Our core objective: We help - through education and help to self-help - to build the next generation as a pillar of a new, strengthened society. We fight the causes of flight and radicalization - two of the most pressing problems of our time.
Tanzania is a relatively stable country in East Africa. Tanzania’s stability (together with Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda) contributes to peace in a region that is affected by various destabilizing influences in neighbouring countries: civil war/unrest in Congo and Burundi, terrorist militias in Somalia, refugees from Burundi and Congo in border camps.
Children and young people are the country's future. At the same time, they face the hardest time when society is not able to provide them with a good education. In many African countries, children in particular can rarely escape the vicious circle of poverty, disease and lack of prospects.
What does the government do?
Even though Tanzania is a relatively well functioning state and a stable democracy the country is not yet able to create the necessary social network and preconditions for the needs of the population. International organizations (World Bank, EU, African Development Bank….) are currently helping close the gaps in various areas of the country's development, including the implementation of large infrastructure projects, administrative reforms or anti-corruption programs. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), especially smaller ones, are focused to make a contribution at the grassroot level.
A drop in the ocean?
"Partnership for Africa" is one of the smaller NGO´s, engaged in Tanzania. However, we can work effectively due to short decision paths and the fact that all costs are covered privately. One thing is clear: "Partnership for Africa" cannot save the world. But together we can contribute to the stabilisation of the country, and we can provide humanitarian aid and poverty alleviation for a good number of people. There are others who provide assistance in addition to us – every partner with different priorities - and in the end a significant difference is made for the people of Tanzania.
What do we do differently?
What distinguishes us from other - usually larger - organisations that also do good work:
1) We (the Board and another sponsor) cover our costs privately: no donation from third parties is used to finance travel expenses, flights, hotels, flyers, homepage, postage etc. We stand for the fact that every cent goes directly to the projects - without deductions.
2) We stay "on" for many years and accompany our protégés until they can be truly independent. Often projects expire after three or five years or focus "only" on one aspect, e.g. the school education of the children. But what comes after that? To address this particular issue is our special concern...
3) We can work very efficiently, without lengthy decision-making processes and hierarchies. Today a good idea or strategy is born, tomorrow it will be implemented. As a consequence, we can react quickly and are always on top of developments…..
4) We are on site comparatively often - at least twice a year for several weeks. This is hardly affordable for many larger organisations, as a large number of projects in different countries usually require the support of one development agent. We on the other hand concentrate on one region and follow the approach "Education from A to Z". Getting started needs presence, time and patience…