Arusha, TANZANIA. On November 15-16, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy to Tanzania and the EAC Virginia Blaser visited Arusha for a variety of engagements with a broad range of people and organizations in the area. The visit highlighted the strong and enduring partnership between the Tanzanian and American people, and touched on joint programs which promote access to information, innovative farming techniques, security, and improved health and education, especially for young girls.
On November 15, Chargé Blaser visited the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, where she met with the Court’s President, the Honorable Judge Sylvain Oré, as well as the Vice President and Registrar. After a discussion of the Court’s work, Chargé Blaser donated several law books to the library on behalf of the U.S. Government. Later in the day, she toured the ECHO East Africa Impact Center, where Director Erwin Kinsey, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Travis Silveus, and their colleagues highlighted innovative farming techniques, including local inventions to plants seeds, carry water and process corn. Chargé Blaser saw the Center’s work in action when she visited a nearby farm, which utilizes ECHO training and services. The day closed with a visit to the Arusha Cultural Heritage Center and Museum.
Chargé Blaser started the day on November 16 by giving an English language lesson to 95 students at Olkerian Primary School, where the organization Women and Child Vision (WOCHIVI) is constructing much-needed latrines through a $4,630 grant from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief. To promote a healthier educational environment, WOCHIVI will build six new latrines at the school, which currently has only eight latrines for more than 800 students and staff. During her visit, Chargé Blaser emphasized the importance of the community’s commitment to education, particularly for girls. “Ensuring that girls stay in school is not only essential to help them reach their full potential, but also to improve the economic and social welfare of all Tanzanians,” she said.
At East African Community (EAC) headquarters, Chargé Blaser joined USAID Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa Karen Freeman and EAC Secretary General Ambassador Liberát Mfumukeko in signing a Regional Development Objectives Grant Agreement. Under the agreement, the U.S. Government will provide $194 million over a five-year period to the EAC to advance shared development goals. After the signing, Chargé Blaser toured the African Wildlife Foundation Canine Training Center, a recipient of U.S. Government funding to train dogs in ivory detection and deploy them at ports and airports in Dar es Salaam and throughout the East African region.
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