REDESO - Relief to Development Society
REDESO (with funding from UNHCR) is still working in the three refugee camps i.e.. Nduta( population 48,500 Mtendli (population 43,000) and Mkugwa
(population 2069). REDESO works in Tanzanian local communities, too. The main areas, REDESO
focuses on, are:
- Camp Management in Mkugwa refugees camp. This involves infrastructure planning and management,
plotting and food distribution.
- Water and sanitation services at Mkugwa camp. This involves water supplies, health and sanitation education extension.
- Environmental management in Mtendeli, Mkugwa and Nduta camps. The management
- Awareness raising focusing on wise and economical use of natural resources e.g. construction of mud brick houses.
Guiding refugees on harvesting of construction poles.
Facilitating resolution of conflicts connected with natural
resources sharing between refugees and locals.
Tree planting in both refugee camps and local villages. Over 520,000 seedling have been planted during the past three planting seasons
(2000-2002) and about 200,000 will be planted in year 2003.
- Soil conservation. Contour bunds for reducing the speed from surface running off have been excavated in the three camps. Vegetative
materials are being used to reinforce or stabilize soil erosion control structures such as gabion,
check dams and contour bunds. Physical structures
(gabions and check dams) are used to rehabilitate rill and gulled areas. Especially in Mtendeli Camp gully erosion is a serious problem due to soil
factor, terrain and physical plan.
- Water sources management which involves promoting wise use and harmonized sharing of water resources by the refugees and the local