From the stunning coastal regions and islands of Tanzania and Kenya, across the savannah of the Serengeti – Maasai Mara and world-renowned lakes to the verdant national parks and mountains of Rwanda and Uganda with the worlds last remaining gorilla populations, East Africa is one of the most diverse regions of the world. Over three hundred tribal groups live in an area less than a quarter of the size of Australia and everywhere you go you see this diversity reflected in the language, dress, food and culture of the people you encounter. From the bustling streets of Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, to the smallest villages in the more rural areas, it is common to be welcomed by the people you encounter, to learn from them and experience their unique outlook on life.
Development in East Africa
East Africa suffers many difficulties; all five of the countries in the region are placed in the lowest third of the UN Human Development Index which measures income, life expectancy and income amongst other factors. A child born today in East Africa has between a 30% - 50% chance of not surviving until their 40th Birthday. Poverty, a lack of education and opportunity, conflict both internally and internationally, HIV/Aids and other health issues, environmental and commercial exploitation of the region amongst other factors have continued to cause devastation to lives and the environment across the region.
Despite difficulties, there is a great deal of hope for the region, people are passionate to help their communities and countries and this passion is translating into real positives to the lives and societies of East Africa. Poverty rates are falling, people are striving to become educated to improve their own lives and their communities, governments and civil society, sometimes with the aid of the international community, are making positive steps to combat health issues and environmental degradation.
Whilst life in East Africa can be challenging and the effects of generations of poverty and conflict are hard to reconcile when coming from a richer nation where so much is taken for granted, the sheer joy and beauty of the region makes for an inspiration and rewarding experience. To experience the awe inspiring beauty of the region and to live and work with communities there is life changing.
2Way Development in Africa
2Way Development works with a range of organisations across the region, including those directly working to combat poverty, health issues, children and vulnerable peoples abuses’, environmental challenges and many other groups. There is huge need in East Africa and whatever skills and experiences you may have, you will find the opportunity to use them in ways that truly benefit people and the region. Around a third of all our placements take place in East Africa in the following core countries: