HAPA Singida Rural Development Programme
Volunteer Africa has worked with HAPA in Singida since 2002, the two organisations being successors to the highly successful HPA (Health Projects Abroad) programme that started in Singida in 1996.
Volunteers work alongside villagers on community-initiated building projects. Past projects have included health dispensaries, school classrooms, pit latrines, homes for teachers and medical staff. Volunteers live in camp conditions in the village. Where possible we aim to place people in a group of volunteers but this is not always possible. You are fully supported during your time in the village by HAPA staff backed up by Volunteer Africa. The conditions are tough and most villages we work in do not have electricity or running water.
The project for 2013 is
Volunteers will be working on a medical dispensary in Milade, Iramba District of Singida. This building has been started but the community has been struggling for the past three years to finance the construction. They still they have a long way to go because so far they have just contributed 7,101,000/= TZS (4,291 USD) and the amount needed is around 54,000,000/= TZS (34,616 USD). So for three years they have just contributed 13% percent. They walk more than 10 kilometres to get health services which is very hard without an ambulance. So please community of Milade real needs help by making a donation to Volunteer Africa or sponsoring one of our volunteers.
Here is an overview of some of the village projects volunteers have worked on in previous years.
In 2005 volunteers worked on school classroom projects in Kimbwi and Msambu villages. For photos taken by volunteers of Kimbwi go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimbwi2005/sets/909241/