Marumba is a remote village in Mtwara region, about 20 kilometres from the Mozambique border. It’s ‘the last village in Tanzania’, and this rural location makes life extremely tough for people trying to make a living. Until recently, the village had no power and no clean water, and the school and health centre were run down and rarely had enough supplies.
TDT is now in its fourth year of the Marumba Development Programme, funded jointly with Eucanaid, a charity financed with donations from EU civil servants. Each Marumba project is funded 60% by Eucanaid and 40% by TDT, with support from Africa Palms.
This year, the grant enabled the Marumba primary school to install solar power in classrooms, offices, toilets and all five staff houses on the school site. Students in the national examination years can now return to school after dark for evening studies. Teachers enjoy a better standard of living with home electricity, a motivator in this remote village. The school now serves as a community resource in the evenings for meetings and social activities.
A project to plant several thousand fruit trees and flowering bushes in the village was also funded. This involved lots of participation by school children and villagers.
Work began in early 2015 on a 200,000 litre water tank for the health dispensary, which has now been completed and brought clean water to the village for the first time. Happily, women no longer have to walk 20 kilometres to fill their buckets in the River Ruvuma.