Bakari Itembe
Tuungane bakari Bakari Itembe, a Beach Management Unit (BMU) member from the village of Katumbi, stands on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. After being educated through the Tuungane Project, Bakari took the initiative to spread awareness on sustainable fishing. © Ami Vitale

Stories in Africa

Western Tanzania

Tuungane: Community Voices

On the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, life moves fast.

Women in colorful clothing hurry around a fishing boat as it arrives at dawn to scoop piles of silver sardines into their empty buckets. Schoolchildren spill out of their classrooms and fly through the village for their morning jog. Mothers quickly wash their families’ clothes in buckets at their feet with babies watching silently from their backs. Friends on motorbikes tear down the village’s main dirt path on their way to a wedding, honking their horns in celebratory satisfaction.

It’s with these bustling communities that TNC and health services organization Pathfinder International launched the Tuungane Project. The project takes a 360-degree approach to tackle the interconnected challenges of population, health and the environment to create healthier families, fisheries, and forests.

Hear from some of the people who live in three villages just north of the Mahale Mountains about life, their challenges, and the impact of the Tuungane Project.