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2018 International Team Blog

About International

Each year the international branch of SIHA sends seven interns to Tanzania from May until August to work alongside SIHA’s local team in Tanzania implementing community health projects and developing partnerships with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Interns gain experience in the documentation and background work that goes into running an NGO, while also experiencing the incredible culture in Tanzania.

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Current Projects and Partnerships

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project

Unsafe water was identified as a significant issue in the Tungi ward by several sources, such as the health coordinator and leaders within the community. For this reason, SIHA, with input from the community, began developing a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project. This project involved creating a curriculum around these topics to teach to grade five students in the Tungi ward. The curriculum is currently being implemented by SIHA’s Tanzanian team.

Young Strong Mothers Foundation (YSMF) Partnership

SIHA and YSMF recently became partners with the goal of working together to build each organization’s capacity. YSMF was founded by five previous teenage mothers, and aims to motivate other young women in this situation to get their life back on track. They do this by offering the mothers counselling, information on health, nutrition, and reproductive health, and by giving seminars on economic empowerment, as well as going into schools to educate young girls. YSMF was able to work with SIHA to provide feedback on a Capacity Assessment document that SIHA created. Currently, SIHA’s Tanzanian team is working with YSMF on documentation and digital skills.

Our Team

Consists of:

– International Travel Team (ITT): Multidisciplinary term of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Alberta.

– Community Consultants (CCs): Tanzanian staff working alongside interns and offering additional support in the form of translation and interpretation.

– In-Country Representative (ICR): Full-time Tanzanian staff member who bridges the gap between Canada and Tanzania as well as projects from year to year

– Project Managers (PM): Returning team members who are responsible for managing the operations of SIHA’s activities in Tanzania.