Our Work

Village Life established committees of experts, each focused on a specific area – life, health, and education. What makes Village Life unique is that, for each committee we have in Cincinnati, we have a counterpart committee in Tanzania. These committees are in constant communication, through Skype, emails, reports, and face to face meetings, ensuring all work is being guided by the direction of the Tanzanians.

Life Committee

The Life Committee leads efforts to improve water quality and quantity in our partner villages. Primarily made up of U.S. engineers, engineering students, and villagers eager to tackle the most pressing issue in their communities, the committee has grown to include educators and public health students.

Members of this committee have interest/background in:
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building
  • Business
  • Geography

Major Goals

  • Establish solutions to water quality and quantity issues and sanitation challenges
  • Conduct critical research for determining the most appropriate technologies to provide clean, drinkable water as well as a future sanitation system.
  • Support the establishment of small businesses to stimulate local economic growth
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Health Committee

Comprised of Tanzanians working alongside students, faculty, and professionals from the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and public health, the Health Committee provides the foundation for Village Life’s efforts to improve acute and preventive healthcare.

Members of this committee have interest/background in:
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Nutrition

Major Goals

  • Develop educational and prevention programs on malaria, schistosomiasis, and the importance of preparing and drinking clean water
  • Acquire access to free and/or minimally expensive medications for common health problems
  • Improve access to care for all, especially maternal and child medicine
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Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee is straightforward and imperative: improve educational outcomes, spread knowledge, and increase global awareness. Participants in Cincinnati and Tanzania are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

Members of this committee have interest/background in:
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Service Learning
  • Community Service

Major Goals

  • Improve access to educational resources (textbooks, paper, writing utensils, etc.)
  • Promote professional development of village teachers
  • Expand our Nutrition Project, which feeds 2,000 number of kids each schoolday.
  • Collaborate with many Cincinnati area schools to facilitate cross-cultural competency through art exchange projects and other projects focused on finding common ground for students in Cincinnati and Tanzania.
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Building Committee

Villagers identified the need for a healthcare facility to provide permanent healthcare to villagers and attract highly qualified healthcare professionals to the area.

http://rochehealthcenter.weebly.com/

Members of this committee have interest/background in:
  • Building
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Medicine Nursing
  • Pharmacy

Major Goals

  • Roche Health Center provides more than 20,000 villagers with their first ever access to permanent healthcare
  • The center is able to provide labor and delivery services
  • Working in collaboration with SHED and the Tanzanian government, thousands of local children have been vaccinated, protecting them against illnesses that kill millions of children across sub-Saharan Africa
  • In 2014, we received an extremely generous grant of $1,050,000 from UC Health to expand our efforts at Roche and have used this donation to boost clinic operation and services
  • Sustainably-built staff housing allows Village Life to attract highly qualified Tanzanian healthcare professionals to our facility
  • The research at Roche Health Center produced a safer, more durable form of construction for the Roche community.
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