We organize after-school clubs to inspire pupils to learn about animals and to take part in fun activities, helping to create a passion for animals and their welfare. Environmental protection is also included as part of the clubs’ learning experiences and activities. Through these after-school clubs, we help pupils in public primary schools become good citizens by working in their communities to help animals, protect the environment, and help their fellow human beings.
EAAW runs a bi-monthly magazine that covers animals and environmental issues. The magazine is circulated for free and it reaches more than 178,000 readers throughout Tanzania.The magazine is shared through postal offices and it's entitle to the readers groups. This is often the only opportunity that children and adults, as well, get a chance to read and learn about animals, to dispel wrongly held beliefs, and to become inspired to help and protect animals.
Journalist Training: We train journalist how to report on animal welfare. Newspapers in Tanzania rarely publish stories of animal abuse and cruelty; most people are not educated on what constitutes animal cruelty. Nor are they educated about the links between animal abuse and violence toward humans. Heartwarming stories about animals and the animal-human bond also fail to make it to publication. Yet print media is still the way most Tanzanians receive their information. This is a huge gap that we are trying to fill by training journalists to report on animal stories, the good, the bad, the educational.
Community Trainings: We also train community members in various topics in animal welfare. We foster caring and humane treatment and actions among community members by training them in proper care and handling, the importance of supplying proper shelter, adequate food, and water for animals.
EAAW carries out animal welfare campaigns , such as dog vaccination clinics, awareness raising of humane transport measures, and promoting improved treatment and protection of animals.
Tanzania loses an estimated 1,500 people to rabies every year. Half of the victims are children under the age of 15. Rabies is 100% fatal. Rabies cases in Mkalama district have been reported regularly and most of those affected are children. When there is a rabies scare, residents lock their children in as they are terrified of rabid dogs. Children miss school and fall behind in their studies.
We hold free vaccination clinics to stem the spread of rabies, and ultimately, we hope to prevent rabies in Mkalama district. Although we are still far from our goal, we aim to vaccinate 15,230 dogs and safeguard 188,733 human lives in Mkalama. Of course, our rabies vaccination project will also save the lives of countless dogs who would otherwise suffer from rabies, and many “innocent” dogs which are killed because they are suspected carriers of the rabies virus.
In collaboration with local government, we intend to lead massive vaccination campaigns, reaching every dog in the district. We will also train community members and school children to raise awareness of the rabies threat, but also to provide solutions so that dog bites can be avoided and inhumane killing of dogs stops.
We are also working with the local government to enacts laws so that owners will be responsible for vaccination and treatment in the future.
We also hope to spay/neuter dogs (cats, as well) with the intention of keeping the dog population at a manageable level, where all animals born are wanted, and not disposed of inhumanely. For this, we will need to encourage veterinarians to join us to spay/neuter clinics on a regular basis.
We hope to educate 50 local leaders on how best they can encourage community members to take care of their dogs to avoid rabies and other diseases. We intend to work with 200 women in Mkalama district, who will become leaders in their communities and the contact people to handle situations if rabies erupts. These women will be Animal Ambassadors in their communities.