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orphaned, because of accidents, dis- ease, and family disruption. Makiba is near Tanzanite mining operations, which are treacherous places to work. The few regulations that exist, are routinely disregarded without con- sequence. Small-scale agriculture was badly hit by the coffee crisis in recent years – creating a condition of largely subsistence farming. The region sur- rounding Arusha is the sole source of a gem-quality mineral called Tan- zanite, currently produced in large quantities by corporate mining con- cerns. vulnerable group have worsened. The government reports that far too many girls still fail to complete even primary education reportedly due to early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and poverty. Martha (founder of Albino Peace- makers) to preserve a pre-school, which also serves as a women’s’ sup- port center; while seeking to provide entrepreneurial training and develop a microenterprise coop that is owned by 10 women. Last year, with the as- Our journey in Arusha was magical. sistance of Edge Philanthropy, a pri- We were exposed to the gracias na- vate and independent firm, we docu- ture of Tanzanians and magnificent mented the challenges and needs of splendor of the countryside of this women and children of Makiba and incredible country. We were greeted the compatibility of both partners, with kindness and a genuine wel- Albino Peacemakers and U4C. For coming reception. This trip provided more information about our journey a rich lesson about the wonders and in Makiba, visit www.united4ch- contradictions of Tanzania. On the angecenter.org/u4c-in-tanzania/. Since the election of President John one hand, the people are industrious, Magufuli, the country has focused peaceful, and deeply respectful and to www.united4changecenter.org great effort in fighting corruption, say the countryside, including abun- xmurillo@united4changecenter.org reforming public services and con- dant and diverse animal life, is beau- medium.com/@xmurillo2020 fronting oppositional factions - civil tiful is a pitiful understatement. On society and the media. Despite much the other hand, it was clear that the Sources: national progress, communities like people of Tanzania are confronted by • BBC News - Tanzania country profile • Sundstøl Erikse, Stein. “Tanzania: A Political Makiba haven’t experienced much very significant challenges for which Economy Analysis.” Report commissioned by improvement. Women and girls, there is so little available assistance. the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2018 for instance, are disproportionately United4Change Center (U4C), a • Aglionby, John. “Tanzania’s enemies of the disadvantaged by many challenges nonprofit organization headquar- state: pregnant young women.” including a lack of educational op- tered in Houston, has been working Financial Times. October 10, 2017 portunity. In fact, conditions for this in Makiba, with a field partner, Sister iF Magazine | www.iFMagazine.net 41