Former President Bill Clinton visited the Solar Sister program site in Karatu town, Tanzania, on Thursday, April 30.
Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions Powered by Women’s Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.
Solar Sister connects women in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria to training opportunities, and micro-financing groups to increase savings and investment.
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To date the Solar Sisters have trained 500 entrepreneurs, 300 of which were in Tanzania and as a result have 250,000 beneficiaries globally and for the commitment. President Bill Clinton also visited the Nainokanoka Dispensary in Ngorongoro, where he was greeted by health care workers and local villagers.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative’s work has made pneumonia and rotavirus vaccines more affordable and ensured optimal vaccine delivery to children in Ngorongoro.
Former US President Bill Clinton is making several stops in Tanzania to visit the sites of several Clinton Foundation projects that are improving the lives of thousands of people across the country.
He visited the Clinton Development Initiative’s Ngongwa Anchor Farm in Tanzania on Wednesday, April 29.
The Anchor Farm Project is a commercial farm in Tanzania operated by Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). Upon taking over the farm, CDI introduced improved seeds, fertilizer, and liming, a spraying procedure that increases soil pH and fertility.
Due to CDI’s efforts, 1,000 acres of crop have been planted and are expected to produce 5-6 ton yields – compared to the 30 acres that were planted in the past. CDI also restored and revamped all of the buildings on the property.
Additionally CDI also supports thousands of neighboring smallholder farmers by providing them with access to quality inputs for maize and soy production as well as training and market access. The project’s farmers have access to improved seeds and to training in advanced agronomic techniques.
Bill Clinton then stopped at the Mtitu School, which runs a demonstration plot as part of the Anchor Farm Project, and greeted smallholder farmers in the Lugalo Village.
The former president then visited one of the villagers, Wazia Chawala, and her son at their home.
Wazia Chawala runs a CDI demonstration plot where she shows other members of the community the techniques that help her increase her output and improve her income.
These visits are part of a larger trip by President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton that includes Kenya, Liberia, and Morocco.
President Barack Obama ended his Africa tour by visiting Tanzania, after trips to Senegal and South Africa.
Earlier Barack Obama laid a wreath for the victims of the 1998 US embassy bombing in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.
Eleven people were killed in the al-Qaeda attack, which coincided with a bombing in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, which left hundreds dead.
President Barack Obama was joined for the ceremony by predecessor George W. Bush.
George W. Bush was in Dar es Salaam for a conference on African women sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute.
While the former president and Barack Obama attended the ceremony at the US embassy memorial, their wives took part in the African First Ladies Summit.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete walked Barack Obama and his wife down a red carpet to the Air Force One at the international airport in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
A guard of honor saluted and marching bands played as the couple boarded the plane.
Barack Obama laid a wreath for the victims of the 1998 US embassy bombing in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam
President Barack Obama had arrived in Tanzania on Monday.
During his stay, he also visited a US-owned power plant, following his announcement over the weekend of a multi-billion-dollar electricity initiative.
The $7 billion five-year initiative is intended to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with African countries and the private sector.
“We’re starting with countries that are making progress already with reforms in the energy sector – Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique and Liberia,” Barack Obama told a business leaders forum in Dar es Salaam.
“And with a focus on cleaner energy, we will initially add 10,000 megawatts of new electricity generation, which expands electricity to 20 million homes and businesses.”
At the same forum on Monday evening, Barack Obama launched a programme helping Africa’s eastern nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda trade both with each other and with the US.
“We’ll work with the countries involved to modernize customs, move to single more efficient border crossings, reduce bottlenecks, reduce the roadblocks that stymie the flow of goods to market,” he said.
Barack Obama’s second tour to sub-Saharan Africa since becoming president began in Senegal where he called on African governments to give gay people equal rights.
President Barack Obama excluded from his week-long itinerary Kenya, where his father was born, and Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer which has been hit by an Islamist insurgency.
A Tanzanian ferry carrying at least 250 people has sunk near the island of Zanzibar.
An operation to rescue passengers has been launched by the navy and police. The boat had left the city of Dar es Salaam earlier in the day.
The navy said the vessel, the MV Skagit, got into difficulty because of strong winds.
A minister in Zanzibar quoted by AFP news agency said so far 12 dead bodies had been recovered.
Last September, nearly 200 people died when an overcrowded boat with 800 people aboard sank off Zanzibar
Last September, nearly 200 people died when an overcrowded boat with 800 people aboard sank off Zanzibar.
The MV Skagit left the mainland at 12:00 local time bound for the main island of the semi-autonomous archipelago.
The journey usually takes about two hours.
Thirty-one children are believed to have been on board.
A safety officer at the Zanzibar Port Corporation told Reuters news agency the ferry was now “bottom-up”.
“Twelve dead bodies and 10 survivors have been recovered so far. Rescue operations continue in bad weather,” Mwinyihaji Makame, state minister in the Zanzibari president’s office, told journalists, AFP reports.
The route between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar is a busy crossing, popular with both Tanzanians and foreign tourists.
At least 190 people died yesterday and another 40 people are in a “serious condition” after an overloaded ferry sank off with almost 600 onboard between Zanzibar and Pemba island, Tanzania.
Tanzanian government called for an immediate investigation to uncover the reasons for the disaster.
Survivors of the ferry disaster in Zanzibar
“The ship’s manifest shows that the vessel travelling from Unguja to Pemba islands had more than 500 passengers on board,” Zanzibar Police Commissioner Mussa Alli Mussa said.
“Some 260 passengers have so far been rescued … we have recovered several bodies but I can’t give you the exact death toll at the moment because the situation is very volatile,” he said.
190 people drown in the ferry tragedy in Tanzania
Passengers described the terrifying moment when they realized something had gone wrong, with people began to scream as the boat tilted to one side and water rushed in.
“I realized something strange on the movement of the ship. It was like zigzag or dizziness,” said 15-year-old Yahya Hussein, who survived by clinging to a plank of wood with three others.
“After I noticed that I jumped to the rear side of ship and few minutes later the ship went lopsided.”
Hussein said there had been many children aboard the ship.
“After the ship began to list, water rushed through the main cabin and stopped the engines,” said Mwita Massoud, another survivor.
Those passengers lucky enough to find something to cling to floated in the dark waters for at least three hours until the strong currents began to wash them up on the white sandy shores of Zanzibar.
Throughout the day, police waded through the clear waters to shore, carrying bodies on stretchers, wrapped in brightly colored cloth and blankets.
Tourists on the popular island of Zanzibar helped survivors and local charities provided blankets and tea.
Tourists on the popular island of Zanzibar helped survivors and local charities provided blankets and tea
Pemba island is about 25 miles from Zanzibar. Passengers who regularly take ferries between the two islands said the vessels are in a poor state of repair and are often overcrowded and loaded with cargo.
“They normally pack us in like sardines in a can. And for that I really fear this could be a very big disaster,” said resident Mwnakhamis Juma.
The government in Zanzibar said last month it planned to invest in bigger, more reliable vessels to ferry passengers between the two islands.
“We are fearing the greatest calamity in the history of Zanzibar. This is a disaster,” said a government official, who declined to be named.
In 2006, another ship capsized in Zanzibar, killing hundreds of people. But the government still did not invest in better ferries or boats capable of mounting a rescue.
At least 100 people died and many other were missing after a ferry with 600 onboard sank off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.
259 people, including 60 children, have been rescued, according to Mohammed Aboud, Zanzibar‘s state minister for emergencies. Among them, 40 were seriously injured.
At least 100 people died and many other were missing after a ferry with 600 onboard sank off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar
The ferry, a MV Spice Islander was travelling between Zanzibar’s main island, Unguja, and Pemba, the archipelago’s other main island – popular tourist destinations.
People were coming back from holiday at the end of Ramadan.
The Zanzibar government has set up a rescue centre and called up on all reserves to join the rescue effort and also called for support from other countries, such as South Africa and Kenya.
Zanzibar police commissioner Mussar Hamis said that the survivors were ferried by privately owned fast ferries and brought back to the main harbour in the historic Stone Town.
So far, 100 dead bodies have been recovered, according to BBC.
The ferry was travelling between Zanzibar's main island, Unguja, and Pemba
A British tourist in Zanzibar, Catherine Purvis, who waiting for a ferry to take her to the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, said she saw lots of bodies being brought out of the water.
“I’m standing at the port in Zanzibar with about 10 other British and American tourists.
“Our ferry has been delayed as they’re using all ferries to rescue the people from the ship.
“People are being carried across in front of us on a drip. There are lots of body bags.”
Local helicopter pilot Captain Neels van Eijk flew over the disaster area.
“We found the survivors holding onto mattresses and fridges and anything that could float. It’s hard to tell the exact numbers, but I’d say there were more than 200 survivors in the water and some bodies too,” he told the BBC.
“By then, there were a few boats that had made their way out. They were looking for survivors, but although the sea wasn’t so rough, the waves were high so it was difficult for them to spot them.
“We flew to the boats and guided them to the survivors so that they could pick them up. There were also quite a few bodies in the water.”
The ferry left Unguja at around 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and is said to have sank at around 01:00 (23:00 GMT).
The ferry was heavily overloaded and some passengers refused to board as a result, survivor Abdullah Saied is quoted as saying by the AP news agency.