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School environmental clubs pioneer sustainable community development in Tanzania

20 Jun

Service in Action

By Dr. John Philip, Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors and Member of the Rotary Club of Newbury, United Kingdom

The island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, Tanzania is only accessible by a three and half hour ferry journey from the mainland town of Mwanza. The island’s 350,000 residents are subsistence farmers and fishermen and live on the edge of poverty.

Most of the island’s school children walk long distances on empty stomachs to get to school each day. They are lucky to have something to eat when they get home after school.

Three years ago, with the help of local farmers and the Rotary Club of Nansio in Tanzania, I teamed up with my wife Chris to establish environmental clubs in three schools on the island. The project aimed to inspire and empower children to engage in preserving and protecting their environment and learning sustainable farming methods…

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