The Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community (SRTC) program is working a collaborative process across Ohio State University (OSU), USA in partnership with the University of Dodoma (UDOM), Tanzania, the Tanzanian NGO the Kilimanjaro Hope Organization (KiHO) and the people of Marwa village in the Same District, Ruvu Ward of the Kilimanjaro Region. The SRTC has the acknowledged support of and alliance with the Same District Council (representing the Government of Tanzania).

The SRTC program aims to:

* Address the complex challenges and opportunities of sustainable development and resiliency in rural Tanzania, grounded in a values-based, participatory community development model working one village at a time,

* Create and deliver an exceptional, interdisciplinary undergraduate education and global service-learning experience for students from the Ohio State University (OSU), USA and the University of Dodoma (UDOM), Tanzania.

Our program is based around service-learning. In its initiating phase, the OSU Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) Capstone program and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) are working with UDOM staff and students from the Colleges of Earth Sciences, Business and Law, and Humanities and Social Sciences, to initiate, progress and implement a diverse range of integrated service projects in the village of Marwa’s four sub-villages: Marwa, Pateli, Lesirwai and Njakatai.

The SRTC is a values-based, participatory development program, and has, through rigorous consultation and engagement with the people of Marwa and our Tanzanian partners, identified two lead projects:

Maji Marwa (“maji” is Swahili for “water”): bringing water to Marwa and managing the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts – “by bringing water to Marwa our lives will change forever.”

enLIGHTen: energy, education, environment (Angaza: nishati ya jua, elimu, mazingira): bringing light to Marwa village in a model that enables and engages the community proactively in building their future through education, environmental awareness and action.