What to Expect

Be involved in building a staff house for the local doctor & volunteers

Help Transform the lives of the Iraqw people
Enjoy cultural interaction with the local children and bond with your fellow volunteers
Rest assured You are needed and WILL make a difference
Fall asleep under the African starts surrounded by new friends and the sounds of African Wildlife

Tanzania & the Iraqw

Tanzania gained independence in the 1960's

The country has been primarily stable and peaceful

Diversity is accepted and welcome

The Iraqw are peace-loving, kind, compassionate, and eager to learn

They are primarily farmers, raising what they need

Let's Make a Difference!

Volunteering in Africa is a life-changing experience. Your energy, enthusiasm, time and skills truly have the power to change, even save, many lives. You will help accomplish a vital, meaningful project, you're likely to find that the experience is changing to you too.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Our team is putting together an incredible group of people, and we call on you to Volunteer or make a donation. Our goal is to help finish renovations and add to the Endallah medical clinic, which serves over 10,000 persons. We desperately need basic medical supplies, medicine, a kitchen, staff housing, maternity ward and overall updating. Our focus right now is to finish building a staff house for the local Doctor (Dr. Wilson) and nurses who currently live in the nearby school house. In addition, while work is being done on the building, our medical volunteers will be providing free medical checkups and immunizations for local children.

Endallah Medical Clinic Staff

 

Once you're in Africa, you'll meet the locals and see the clinic.
With great need all around you, you'll fully understand the role this project plays in so many lives: Babies, children, mothers, the sick and infirm and the elderly. The work we complete on the clinic will do much to help them receive what we consider basic medical care and will increase their chances of survival when they need treatment. To put it into perspective, estimates indicate that Tanzania loses one woman every hour to pregnancy related complications. What we can accomplish will go a long ways towards changing that cold statistic.

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.

~Winston Churchill

Tanzanians are friendly, welcoming people who have great pride in their country’s history and diversity of cultures, languages, and religions.
After centuries of outside and colonial rule, Tanzania gained independence in the early 1960s, and, unlike many countries on the continent, Tanzania has stayed mostly stable and peaceful. This is in good part due to the Tanzanians’ acceptance of diversity, and is despite the fact that poverty has remained a way of life for a majority of the population. The economic reality and spotty government assistance has meant very limited access to resources and has created the situation at the Iraqw’s Endallah clinic.


Tanzania & the Iraqw People

 

Like most Tanzanians, the Iraqw are a kind people.
They have a deep respect for elders, show true compassion for the sick, and exhibit thoughtful hospitality. Their kindness, contagious joy of life, peace-loving nature, eagerness to learn, and strong work ethic, even while living with true hardships, are the reasons why we’ve fallen in love with them and are so motivated to help them now. The medical clinic we will be working on is located in the heart of the Iraqw homeland, which they call Endallah.

The Iraqw have a strong traditional and cultural background. They are primarily farmers and have lived in the stunningly beautiful area adjacent to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro for hundreds of years. They value family, community, nature and the seasons, and they express their joys, and sorrows, through unique songs and dances (which we’re sure you’ll get the pleasure of experiencing.)


I did visit the clinic several times; the condition it’s in is heartbreaking to say the least.

 

Patients with malaria were sleeping on wire beds because they have only a few mattresses. They have a hard time keeping Doctors at the clinic because of the remoteness and no housing for them or volunteers. This clinic desperately needs our help!

What we would like to do is raise at least $10,000 to complete the staff and volunteer quarters. We’re also trying to raise additional funds for medical equipment, mattresses, blankets and much needed medical supplies for the clinic and its villagers. Pumziko Safari Lodge is donating transportation and tents for our volunteers at their property, close to the Endallah Medical Center. We also plan to put a plaque on the staff house with each volunteers name and all those that had made a donation, so even if you can’t join us this time maybe someday you can go see your name or business’s name in the heart of Africa and see that you did do something to change many people’s lives.

Thanks everyone, we’re so excited to be able to do this with your generous help and know this is going to be an incredible, life-changing experience for everyone….it already has! !