PDPR in Tanzania – supporting rural communities

by Denise Nanni and  Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following our interview with Imma Salingwa ofPretty Development for Poverty Reduction (PDPR) in Njombe, Tanzania. The organization supports communities in rural areas of Tanzania, to help women, children, youth and marginalized group who are small scale farmers and small business man in rural areas of the country.
What are the issues that the communities of rural areas of Tanzania experience?
The communities of rural Tanzania experience poor environment of social services like, education, water, health, court, also lack of good governance, women segregated in owning land as tools of production and going to schools also community have no awareness about the role of women in the society.
What are the main objectives and activities of PDPR?
General objective.
To advocate various matters aiming at creating well social being by promoting and protecting human rights, support the total encouragement based on environmental conservation campaign, facilitate the promotion of social, economic, and cultural development leading to empower people of the society with competent technical packages eligible to fight against poverty and ignorance at large and let them fight their artificial but also natural resources available in nurturing their lives. 
Specific objectives
i. To let Tanzania be the country with natural qualities possessing a total capacity likely to support its people to invest and conduct their social economic activities aiming at eliminating poverty through educational facilitation and encouraging social well being among them.
✓ To promote science and technology and their application towards
solving social-economic problems.
✓ To help in the environmental conservation.
✓ To enhance and promote the Entrepreneurships development.
✓ To create awareness and advocacy to the local community so that they
can clearly understand the shared responsibilities between them and the government in Development processes.
✓ To promote partnership and sense of collaboration amongst the target group
towards establishment of poverty eradication initiatives on self help basis.

ii.To contribute to socio-Economic development of rural/urban
communities of Tanzania by supporting self-development projects and programmes leading to sustainable Development of on farm and off farm activities through participatory methodologies.

iii. Since there is already an increasing international awareness towards environmental degradation, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and emphasis on the need to conserve our environment and habitat through proper utilization and management of natural resources and promotion of human right, democracy. Hence PDPR shall establish its Development center to set forward a new platform so as to join the international efforts in managing ist Land Fauna and Flora (Environment). 
iv. To maintain and promote fraternal relations with other organization in the country and worldwide.
v. To mainstream cross-cutting issues in projects such a.
•HIV/AIDS •Health reproductive issues.
•Drug abuse
•Equality (gender)
How would you define your approach?
PDPR working direct with communities but in making plan and implementation we corporate with local government officers especially, Village executive officer, Ward development officer, and district development officer in order to see the targeted communities benefit, also all 100% of fund go direct to the projects.
What are according to your experience the best ways to promote community empowerment?
The best way of promoting rural communities are – T0 provide mind set, life skills in order to increase awareness. – To provide training of agribusinesses in maize, aquaculture, bee keeping, poultry farming in order to shift to business from substance farming. – To introduce new crops in our communities like cassava, fruits, onions. – To promote women rights of owning lands and going to school in order their contribution in communities to increase
Do you organize any specific project for women?
Yes we have that project since 2014 and we already reached more than 800 womens direct and 2000 indirect and we success to educate our community about the importance of sending girls to school and left early marriage and now decrease, also under our project we help to create awareness to women about HIV/AIDS.
For more information about this project visit www.envaya.org/pdpr/projects and see number two.