In May, staff writer André Forget travelled to Tanzania with a delegation from The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund to visit projects supported by the Anglican Church of Canada.

He filed these stories and photos.

Tanzania Photo Essays

Click the six images below to reveal stories in pictures.



In-depth stories

The PWRDF delegation and hosts at Mtwara Airport. Back row, L-R: Jordan Leibel, Bishop David Irving, Chris Pharo, Zaida Bastos, the Rev. Linus Buriani, Leah Marshall, Jennifer Brown. Front row: Geoff Strong, Maureen Lawrence, Suzanne Rumsey, Joyce Liundi, Asha Kerr-Wilson, Elin Goulden. Photo: André Forget

Delegation reflects on PWRDF’s work in Masasi

It’s early in the morning, but the lounge at Mtwara airport is already filling up when the 10 members of the PWRDF’s delegation to the diocese of Masasi file through security.
The Rev. Linus Buriani (right) translates, while Mwasifa Mohamedi Matumbaku and Flora Mohamedi Makotha, health workers for Ruponda village, give a report on the progress of a PWRDF project. Photo: André Forget

New challenges for a new generation of Tanzanians

The Rev. Linus Buriani is not the sort of person who draws a lot of attention to himself.
The Rev. Geoffrey Monjesa speaks at St. Mary and St. Bartholomew Anglican Cathedral in Masasi. Photo: André Forget

The Rev. Geoffrey Monjesa: Not ready for retirement

The Rev. Geoffrey Monjesa had been so close to retiring.
Joyce Mtauka shows PWRDF youth delegate Leah Marshall how to cook recently harvested cassava. Photo: André Forget

In Tanzania, people are living climate change ‘in real time’

On Njia Panda Road in Dar es Salaam, our car lurches slowly from pothole to pothole, sloughing dirty water into the open gutters, trying to find purchase in the rutted mud of the road.
Jemirozi Mkali, a single mother of three, has been able to achieve a measure of personal independence after receiving a cow through a PWRDF program. Photo: André Forget 

Gender equality key to development

For the past five years, the work of Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency, has focused on the health of mothers and newborns in southern Tanzania’s diocese of Masasi.
Yahaya Namangaya, Ndomoni village chairperson, pumps water for resident George Magomo, while members of village council discuss the borehole with PWRDF staff member Zaida Bastos (middle). Photo: André Forget

Access to clean water improves health in rural Tanzania

As the drowsy heat of afternoon descends, traffic on the footpath leading out of the village slows to a trickle.
Imam Omari Bakari Mngwawaya (left) and Bishop James Almasi say relations between Muslims and Christians in southern Tanzania are positive. Photo: André Forget

Muslim-Christian relations in Mkumba: Co-operative, but guarded

The diocese of Masasi’s Bishop James Almasi stands beneath the spreading branches of a large tree at the centre of the village, and pauses as the people seated before him acknowledge his greeting with the traditional response: “Alaikum Salaam” (And to you, peace).
Mtandi Clinic began as a dispensary primarily for treating people with HIV/AIDS, but now one of its main roles is providing care for new and expecting mothers and their children. Photo: André Forget

PWRDF project helps deliver critical health care to rural Tanzanians

Early in the morning of May 15, two large white Range Rovers pull up to the gates of the Mtandi Clinic, a well-kept compound on the outskirts of the southern Tanzanian city of Masasi.
Masasi Bishop James Almasi (second from left) welcomes PWRDF delegation members (L-R) Chris Pharo, Geoff Strong, Maureen Lawrence, Bishop David Irving, Leah Marshall, Zaida Bastos, Jennifer Brown and Suzanne Rumsey to his diocese. Photo: André Forget

PWRDF delegation visits Masasi, a diocese of challenge and possibility

It’s barely 9:30 a.m., but already the walkway between the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Bartholomew and the bishop’s residence is a furnace, and the dozens of choristers who line it are sweating in their gowns.
When Harima Mkitage’s family received a cow four years ago, her parents used some of the money the cow brought in to pay her school fees. Now, she wants to become a livestock specialist. Photo: André Forget

Changing lives, one cow at a time

Seventeen-year-old Harima Mkitage runs her hand gently down the back of Liviki, a doe-eyed Friesian cow chewing indolently on the fresh grass while a calf pulls at its teat.