Where Have We Been?
In 2012, Village Life broke ground for a new primary schoolhouse in the Burere village, with the first classes being taught there in 2013.This school building allows children to attend school in a comfortable, safe, learning environment so they can continue to reach for their educational dreams.
Through discussion in the partner communities, Village Life also recognized the need for a school-based nutrition program, thus in 2008 the Uji Nutrition Project was born. This program was developed with the help of graduate students at UC’s College of Allied Health Science and feeds over 4,000 students across 7 primary schools in Tanzania. Since the implementation of this program, not only has attendance increased but more students are continuing their education and moving on to secondary school.
Village Life is continuing to expand healthcare access by building the Anne M. Haire Reproductive and Child Health Center next to the Roche Health Center. This health center will be complete in February 2024 providing better access to maternal and fetal care, reproductive services, family planning, and cervical cancer screenings.
Composed of students, faculty, and professionals, mobile field clinics also allow Village Life to treat immediate illness for thousands of people, helping create a healthier population in our target villages. For example, rapid diagnostic testing for malaria is utilized in the mobile clinics to improve the accuracy of treatment and focus on malaria prevention.