We, the Zebras Active Community e.V. (short ZAC) are a non-profit recognized association, which consists of an association of committed fans of MSV Duisburg.
We are building a family-oriented, protective and supportive children’s village for up to 60 particularly disadvantaged children in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania, more precisely in the village community of Lutindi, which is located in the northeastern region of Tanga.
In addition, we support the community of Lutindi in infrastructural measures, including the construction of a vocational school that will provide vocational qualifications in several disciplines (educational aid), the provision of medical supplies (medical aid) and the improvement of the living conditions of the people (humanitarian aid).
For the construction of the children’s village, which is scheduled to begin in 2022, we have a natural building plot of over 90,000 m² at our disposal. Deeded on 18.06.2020 with the title deed 15172 in the Tanzanian land register to our NGO “Children Base Reinforcement Organization” (C.B.R.O”). It is located in a biodiversity hotspot on the edge of the East Usambara Mountains at an altitude of 1,430 meters. The land was made available to us for this purpose by the Tanzanian MeTL Group, one of the country’s largest employers, for a term of 25 years plus optional lease extension.
We want to ensure that the children – mostly orphans – in their new village in small family groups lovingly cared for, healthy food and supplied with all the important things for a happy, healthy childhood can grow up. But not only that. In addition, we would like to take on a piece of important socio-political responsibility by providing impulses that sustainably improve the future prospects of children.
So she wants to finance the ZAC not only the school education, which is partially paid in practice, and help them with learning. Rather, the adolescents should also be able to recognize and develop new life chances in the children’s village itself. This against the background that professionals, especially in the craft, in Tanzania are urgently sought and have a good future forecast.
As part of our education initiative, a well-equipped training center is to be built with the support of the Rotarians under the umbrella of the state-run VETA in Lutindi for the state-recognized vocational qualification of schoolchildren, in which school-leavers can learn future-oriented professions. Vocational qualifications with degrees in electrical and solar engineering, in woodworking (carpentry) and later in agricultural engineering are under discussion. A differentiated concept for the training content is currently being discussed together with the Hans-Sachs-Berufskolleg (HSBK) in Oberhausen and the Tanzanian VETA.
Several German Rotary Districts, together with Rotary International, are providing the necessary capital for the technical equipment of the training center as well as for the sustainable training of learners and teachers. Part of the initiative and this financing package is an exchange of teachers and students over a period of years with the Hans-Sachs-Berufskolleg in Oberhausen, our long-standing cooperation partner. A building suitable for the requirements has already been offered to us by the ELCT. The final decision of the Tanzanian Ministry of Education on this unique and possibly groundbreaking pilot project for the country is still pending, which we expect in the second quarter of 2022.
In addition, the children will have practical training in small-scale farming and livestock husbandry on the village’s own land. If everything goes according to plan, the village will be able to generate small trading income through the production and sale of its own products, thus becoming financially self-sustaining to a certain extent, and production surpluses sold through its own village store will serve to refinance the project.
The guiding principle of the ZAC in all its activities is to provide the children with self-reliant, peaceful, economically sound and ecologically sound action in a protected environment. This is what we mean by sustainable help for self-help for a dignified future.