We envision a rural Tanzania where people use clean treated water, where women and youth share equal footing with men, and where health education is accessible to all. We picture families relieved of the emotional, economic, and health-related burdens resulting from poor WASH practices that lead to disease. We imagine young girls that understand puberty and female hygiene, so they may embrace their bodies and reach their fullest potential as academics and as mothers.
Our vision is not unique, but our approach is. Development work in rural Tanzanian areas typically focuses heavily on disease treatment. The effort is noble, but we feel it is misguided. A treatment-based approach is expensive and often does little to address the core issues of public health. In contrast, our hands-on education program provides:
- holistic community empowerment,
- quality employment for women, and
- a sustainable model for lasting change.
Engaging communities with fun and interactive WASH lessons provides memorable experiences and inspires changes in behavior.
TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY MEANS CREATING LASTING CHANGE. PARTICIPATORY PROGRAMS THAT RESONATE WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS AT ALL LITERACY LEVELS CREATE A SUSTAINABLE MODEL OF DISEASE PREVENTION THAT WILL BENEFIT FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE CORE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY IS THIS:
“TELL ME AND I WILL FORGET. SHOW ME AND I MAY REMEMBER. INVOLVE ME AND I WILL UNDERSTAND.”
In Colorado, Maji Safi Group runs its Young Global Citizen Program where students of all ages and cultural and economic backgrounds can participate in a variety of interactive educational events. Activities, such as soap making, art classes, water walks, crowdfunding, and read-a-thons, provide students with enjoyable and memorable lessons about:
- global awareness,
- social responsibility,
- the global WASH crisis,
- participatory development
- cultural sensitivity and empathy
- helping others through personal effort