Community help needed to tackle ‘cycle of poverty’ in Tanzania

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 October 2018

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton


East African culture and cuisine on offer at Gala dinner

An Exmouth charity improving the lives of people living in poverty in Tanzania is putting on an evening of African culture and cuisine.

This year’s Buturi Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday, November 10, at Budleigh Salterton Public Hall, Station Road. It includes a four-course East African meal and an evening of live entertainment and music.

The Buturi Project is a small charity with a vision to support the impoverished and underdeveloped Tanzanian Buturi. More than 50,000 people live in the Buturi area in North West of Tanzania. It comprises of six villages and for now, the charity is focused on Makongoro.

Since 2008 a series of projects have provided education and training, giving people the tools to help lift themselves out of poverty, to live sustainably and provide for their families.

The charity’s first project provided clean drinking water for the whole village. Since then a school has been built with six out of eight classrooms completed.

There is also now sanitation for the school with four boys’ toilets and four girls’ toilets.

More recently, a rain harvesting system for the school has been installed.

Judith Smith, the founder and director of the charity, was born in Makongoro and has lived in East Devon for 35 years.

“Access to education is fundamental in the fight against poverty,” said Judith.

“We believe that everyone has a right to basic education.

“Buturi’s children are in a cycle of poverty.

“To break that cycle will require grassroots education to help the community to, once again, become self-sustaining.

“The aim is for the Buturi project to become a model that can be replicated throughout Africa.

“But to do this we need the help and generosity of our local community.”

The cost of the Gala dinner will be £35 per ticket (£350 for a table of 10) – and those attending will be able to choose if the proceeds contribute towards classroom furnishing, a teacher’s salary or books and educational tools.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Eventbrite or by contacting Buturi Project directly on

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