- TACE (Tanzania Community
aims to empower young men and women in local
communities to become economically independent
by funding their micro-projects and connecting
them with local, regional, and international
The program also provides training
and mentoring services to aspiring micro-entrepreneurs
and engages in retail capacity building to enable
individuals and support them to start their
Currently we are working
toward providing micro-loans and training to
22 choral groups (with average membership of
36 each), which signed up since 2004.
our "One Woman/One Goat" initiative
has provided over 100 dairy goats for the women of Izigo
In addition, we helped build improved
housing facilities for milking goats and
provided 2 goat project coordinators from the
local community to help
improve milk production and a source of
income for the families.
Also, as part of
this project, a grant from ERM along with
other funds has helped provide 10 rainwater
for these families, in order to make sure both
the villagers and their livestock have easier
access to clean water.
We are being helped in
this effort by a very special group, The Dream Team of the Fifth Grade Class of Ms. Mondrea Mitchell
at Mark Twain Elementary in Houston, Texas.
The Dream Team is working hard to raise money
for this project and has created a website to
explain their involvement and commitment to
the project. (http://www.freewebs.com/exhibitionsquad/index.htm)
- CHAI (Community Health
Awareness Initiative Center)
Most of us believe that
serious holistic development approaches cannot
ignore the indispensable role of women in the
In most cases, women constitute the
breadwinners in their families, but they also
play a critical role in the community development.
Arguably, in Africa, an ailing family places
a far heavier burden on a woman than any other
family member and because of this understanding,
COSAD initiated the CHAI Center.
In 2008, COSAD initiated
a 3-year scholarship to the Ndolage School
of Nursing for a student from Izigo.
Esneth Bakengi qualified as our first candidate,
successfully completing the entrance exam
in April of 2008.
She will graduate in August of 2011 and return to Izigo to provide
much-needed medical assistance at the currently
un-staffed clinic and also serve as
a liaison to COSAD's CHAI projects in other
Scholarships for three other
students have now been provided.
- Bruce Lane Johnson Community
Resource and Learning Center
This resource center within
the COSAD Center honors Bruce Lane Johnson of Minnesota, who died
of brain cancer in 2007.
By placing his name
in the midst of our communities, the people
of Tanzania remember that we all connect with
our friends through the knowledge and values
we share, regardless of the physical distance
The center will provide following
- Literature & Resources
for Local businesses
- Analysis & Information
for Marketing and Potential Strategic Partners
- Computer & Online Literacy
- Membership-based Learning
Center for all Community Members
- Nurturing of Children
to Build a "Reading Culture"
In February 2008, COSAD
started a partnership with the Kiteyagwa
Primary School and the village leadership
in Kagondo, Bukoba, to house a temporary BLJ Community Resource and Learning
In early 2009, with the
help of volunteers from abroad and local community
members, COSAD renovated and furnished
a room provided by the school to be used as a
library and community resource center.
Friends in the United States
continue to collect both books and hardware
as resources for the center.
for Africa, Inc., a St. Paul,
Minnesota-based non-profit organization,
collaborated with COSAD to ship a container of
books to Tanzania.
Students from the Masters of Library and Information Science Program at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, cataloged and provided technical advice for the collection.
- COSAD Volunteers and Partners
At COSAD, we firmly believe
in creative partnerships.
Inviting friends and
mobilizing volunteers, whether local or international,
requires logistics and organizational management.
Attracting people to join hands in community
development requires the provision of basic
support infrastructure on the ground in Bukoba.
The COSAD Volunteers Resource
Center will provide physical and logistical
support to our partners to enable them to focus
on community works without compromising their
basic needs or safety.
We believe volunteering
to Tanzania through COSAD programs provides
a life-changing experience.
their time, love, and expertise by "giving of
themselves" in a way that allows them to effect
Our programs create a chance
for each individual who is willing to make a
personal contribution to experience hands-on
learning about Tanzanian communities and culture
and exchange ideas with people of diverse talents
---------Smart Baitani, Executive Director