EMPOWER TANZANIA

Working in Partnership with the People of Rural Tanzania

Ames, IA   |  www.empowertz.org

Mission

Empower Tanzania's mission is to work in partnership with Tanzanians to sustainably improve quality of life in rural areas.

Ruling year info

2009

Director of Development

Philip Latessa

Executive Director

Todd Byerly

Main address

PO BOX 1121

Ames, IA 50014 USA

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EIN

26-3174768

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Palliative Care Program

Trained a network of over 200 nurses and community health workers to provide end-of-life care and support to victims of HIV/AIDS.

Population(s) Served

The Nanny Project introduces farmers to integrated farming techniques and animal husbandry by raising dairy goats. Over the life of the project, 100+ farmer-entrepreneurs have learned to keep the goats, market the milk and value added products from the goats, and expand the farms to include organic gardening, rainwater harvesting, biogas for cooking, and a variety of other animals. Each new farmer passes back one animal to pay the cost of training, and passes forward one animal to help a new farmer begin.

Population(s) Served

Both of these programs serve the most vulnerable children and adolescents in Same District, Tanzania. By offering a school uniform, proper nutrition, tutoring, and life skills, Empower Tanzania staff is changing the lives of more than 100 students.

Population(s) Served

Empower Tanzania supports projects to rehabilitate broken wells and to dig new ones improving health, keeping kids in school and women in the workforce, and enabling increasing amounts of agriculture. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses. With this foundation of information, our staff and volunteers held a weeklong training seminar to educate well mechanics throughout the Same District in best practices. With this training in hand, we have worked with local drilling companies to complete complicated well rehabilitations, implemented far-reaching distribution systems, and made use of the latest available technology, solar panels, and community engagement. In the last three years alone, tens of thousands have accessed clean water because of our efforts the communities of Hedaru, Katahe, Njiro, Pangaro, and Nadaruru.

Population(s) Served

The Gender-Based Violence Program was developed to respond to the high levels of domestic violence in Tanzania. The program was designed to be culturally appropriate with the assistance of local counselors and women who choose to call themselves “survivors” rather than “victims.” The program has established 10 support groups each serving 10 women. The 100 survivors in the program receive twice-monthly group counseling and have embarked on economic strengthening projects that will generate income, autonomy, and dignity. Improvement in depression and anxiety is being measured by instruments developed by psychologists and statisticians. The women in this program are now called “entrepreneurs” and have each been trained in solid business practices and are involved in the production and distribution of items such as batik fabric and reusable menstrual pads. What was once a program of survival is now one of complete empowerment and economic opportunity!

Population(s) Served

The Improving Women’s Health Program began in 2013 and has trained 33 women as Community Health Educators (CHEs), each serving one ward of the Same District (population 269,000). The CHEs use interactive presentations as well as educational videos in Swahili to provide information on such basic topics as hand washing, purifying water, and mosquito nets use to prevent malaria. Each CHE conducts 12 meetings per month and their impact is remarkable! As of December of 2018, the CHEs have done 23,549 presentations and presented individual topics to 1,056,750 signed attendees in Same District since the program began! District-wide surveys have demonstrated the effectiveness of the presentations in improved health topic knowledge and attitude change. In fact, preliminary government health data found lower rates of malaria, diarrheal diseases, intestinal parasites and acute respiratory infection in Same District compared with neighboring control districts. Each CHE was provided a sturdy bicycle and helmet in 2018 to further expand their reach.

Population(s) Served

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EMPOWER TANZANIA

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jodi Morgan Peters

Jake Klipsch

Mike Welsch

Mike Gaul

Jill June

Jennie Peakin

Ed Bell

Andy Bice

Charles Bursch

Holley Bzdega

Rob Craig

Rebecca Gerke

Carol Putz

Frank Klipsch

Chip Lowe

Kip Peters

Mary Terry

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes