Mama Mkubwa Project

We are now raising funds for Mama Mkubwa project, which aims at helping decrease under-five mortality as well as maternal death and complications during pregnancy in Madale village, in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. Art in Tanzania wants to build a community house that will function as an educational place for the young women of the community. In the community house the women will be able to discuss and get free and relevant information addressing issues such as sexual health, sexuality, family planning and the risks involved in unprotected sex and teenage pregnancy. 

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Tanzania is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to give birth to a child. Every year in Tanzania 13 000 young women die during their pregnancy – 250 000 women suffer from disabilities caused by the pregnancy or the birth of the child. The main cause is due to the fact that only approximately 50% of all pregnant women in Tanzania choose to give birth at a health facility that has the equipment and skills for delivery. Up to 19% of maternal deaths is caused by unsafe abortions, due to the illegalization of abortions in Tanzania, and 8,7% of all pregnant women in Tanzania are HIV positive.

The neonatal mortality rate is highest among mothers under 20 years of age, where 45 dies out of 1000 live births, compared with the 29 out of 1000 for mothers in the age group 20 - 29 years old. Pregnancy for a girl below 15 years of age will be five times more likely to have complications that can lead to maternal death or death of the child, compared to young women who wait until they are in their twenties. On average, every Tanzanian woman gives birth to 5 or 6 children, and 1 in 3 begins motherhood before their 18th birthday.

Although, these statistics refer to the whole country, and differences exist between areas, Madale Village, in Dar es Salaam suburb, is a village that is rapidly growing due to arrival of rural immigrants trying to start a new life in Dar es Salaam. As a result it lacks basic services in the community and the maternal and neonatal health services are not enough to reach all pregnant women.

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Mama Mkubwa project

Every single day young teenagers become mothers - pregnancy and birth affected by fear, pain, difficult complications and deaths. Old traditions, lack of knowledge and lack of ressources is causing this situation. More and more young women drop out of school before they even reach secondary level, because of a pregnancy. Information and seminars about sexual health, family planning and risks during pregnancy when you are too young are not available - not even in the capital. The purpose of the Mama Mkubwa project is to create a safe and comfortable environment, where young women learn about their body, sexuality, family planning and the risks involved in unprotected sex and teenage pregnancy. 

By offering women a place to get free, relevant and informative advice addressing these issues, we hope to benefit the whole community of Madale.

The goal is to help decrease under-five mortality as well as maternal death and complications during pregnancy in Madale. Furthermore we want to increase awareness about sexual health, risks of unprotected sex and teenage pregnancies.Mkubwa

1. In the first phase of the project is fundraising for the community house.

2. Second phase is to build a community house for women to meet and discuss.

3. In the third phase we start offering education and information relevant to the local women.

In addition to the primary goal of the project, the community house will serve the community also by providing a location for day care service for the poorest and disabled children, which usually don’t have access to nursery schools. Day care service also supports women as they have a chance to participate in vocational training, seminars or activities to increase their income while young children are cared for.

Long term goal of Mama Mkubwa project is to add on neo-natal services to the community house and provide more support for pregnant women and families with a new-born baby.

Our project aim is not to compete with the existing maternal health care services, rather provide support , education and additional services to care for young women and new born babies.

Budget and schedule (updated)

Fundraising: October 2014-January 2016

Community House construction: November 2015 - February 2016

Education and awareness rising: November 2015 – December 2016/December 2017

Overlap in the phases is due to construction approach. When we achieve the goal of fundraising for the first room, it will be constructed while fundraising for the second room continues. When the first room is ready it can be taken into use and paused only shortly when the second room construction work is the most hectic.


First room (5x6m) construction budget: 3500USD

Dry toilet (2) construction budget: 500USD

Second room (5x10) construction budget: 4500USD

Dry toilet (4) construction budget: 1000USD

Furniture budget: 500USD

Education and awareness program: 5000USD

Total: 15 000USD

Funds raised so far (15.12.2015) 1710 USD

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