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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part IV: The Maktaba Project & The New Tanzanian Community Library Association

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 30 May 2012

In a country where development can be frustratingly slow and good intention can be easily derailed by miscommunications, cultural differences and logistical setbacks, what does one do when one finds a program that works? Replicate it! In 2006, at age 69, Judith Smith, founder of the U.S.-based Crawford-Smith Foundation, traveled to Tanzania, met Deb Kelly and got hooked on community library projects.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part III: “What a Difference a Library Makes”

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 May 2012

In the United States, $15,000 may buy you a family vacation of sorts or maybe even a half-year’s tuition at a state university, but in Tanzania, it covers the entire annual budget for the Jifundishe Free Library in Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Jifundishe is one of a handful of free, independent community libraries in the entire country and now the model for a new community library initiative taking place across the country.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part II: Deb Kelly and the Jifundishe Free Library

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 April 2012

Nestled in the remote rural village of Ngongongare in the Arusha District of Northern Tanzania, on a 2.7-acre plot with views of both Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Jifundishe Free Library is home to more than 5,000 books; textbooks for every subject through primary, secondary and university; six new laptop computers that provide free Internet service; and assorted newspapers and magazines.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania: Part I

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 5 March 2012

Over the course of our lifetimes, there are few activities on which we will spend more time than reading. Now imagine a world where there are few, if any, written words… and welcome to Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Today, though, a new initiative called the Maktaba Project (“library” in Swahili) is working on building a network of libraries in six rural communities over the next 10 years.

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Video Spotlight: Playing for Change – Stand by Me

  • Paul Tavner
  • 5 February 2012

This clip, produced by the Playing for Change movement, combines a number of delightful human characteristics in a way that just makes you feel downright happy. Musical talent, individual artistic interpretation and diverse locations all come together to produce one of the all-time great covers of Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand by Me’.

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The Geotourism Development Foundation Launches to Increase the Benefits of Tourism

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 14 July 2011

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Geotourism Development Foundation, a global not-for-profit organisation committed to elevating travel as a force for good through community development projects. Responding to a growing interest in independent, experiential and local travel, the GDF aims to cultivate community, cultural or environmental projects that link to tourism and derive revenue from visitors.

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A Most Memorable Day: Community-based Tourism in Malawi

  • Will Turner
  • 18 April 2011

The Responsible Safari Company (RSC), a local tour operator in Malawi, collaborates with community-based initiatives to promote tourism as a beneficial source of income. The ‘win-win-win’ benefits are evident: Local groups enjoy a new way of making ends meet and forging meaningful bonds with discerning travellers; visitors gain unique insight into local communities by learning about their lives; and the RSC expands operations in line with sustainable and responsible tourism practices.

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Bringing Responsible Tourism to the Hills of Darjeeling, India

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 5 April 2011

Set against the jaw-droppingly gorgeous backdrop of the snow-covered Himalayas and surrounded by the phenomenal forests and streams of rural Darjeeling, India, the little village of Mineral Spring is a community knit together by strong cultural values that have made it a model of sustainable growth. Now, homestays with locals have been set up, satisfying the desires of both mindful travellers and responsible hosts.

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Quito, Ecuador, Becomes the Newest whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 2 December 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. Your whl.travel local connection in Quito, a city sometimes known as the Luz de América (Light of America), are the local experts at the Yachana Foundation. No simple travel agency, Yachana strives to achieve sustainability through educational programmes in the Ecuadorian Amazon and beyond. They operate the Yachana Technical High School, located in the rainforest near the award-winning Yachana Lodge.

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Making a Difference in Nepal by Volunteering

  • Navin M. Shrestha
  • 11 November 2010

Tours and treks regularly circuit the far-flung areas of Nepal to take in the astounding scenery, cultural diversity and the warm hospitality of Nepal’s rural people. Unfortunately, these remote places and the people who call them home have seen very little of the dividend from tourism. Today, though, at least one local organisation is currently trying to change all that. Outdoor Himalayan Treks seeks to share the benefits of travel at a grassroots level.

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