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Minister visits projects in Tanzania

Minister of State for Integration, Conor Lenihan TD, visited Concern Worldwide projects in Ngara, Tanzania last week. The visit was part of a week-long official trip, where he also observed the selection process of 80 Congolese refugees identified for resettlement in Ireland.

 Ngara, located in the Kagera Region of Tanzania, has been host to refugees from neighbouring Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo for over a decade. Since July 2008, the refugee camps are gradually being decommissioned as refugees return home.

Successful projects

69,562 people have benefited from work in the areas of water, health and livelihoods. As a result of these successes the Tanzanian government has requested Concern remain in the area to continue working with local government and partners.

"I am honoured to visit Concern's projects in Ngara, continuing a 30-year tradition of their work in Tanzania,” said Minister Lenihan. “I am delighted that Concern has maintained their links in Ngara.” 

Strength of working in partnership

“The improvements to life and livelihoods that this programme has brought to communities in Kigoma is a great example of what can be achieved by NGOs such as Concern in partnership with civil society and local government,” according to James Davey, Concern’s Tanzania Country Director. “I am confident that the structures we have built together will be well managed by the communities and will continue to deliver clean and fresh water for many years to come.”

Reduction of infectious diseases

In addition to the provision of clean water and services in improved health, Concern has also been undertaking research into ways to reduce cases of malaria, respiratory and other significant diseases by using local plants. This research was developed from Concern’s heath work in the refugee camps and has the potential to prevent many of the illnesses that blight these communities.

Continuing to work closely with the Tanzanian government, Concern is advocating for prudent spending of the meagre resources available and for policies that genuinely benefit the country’s poorest people.