Roots & Shoots-Tanzania Gives Back

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, works with young people across the globe to plan projects and take action to benefit the environment and to improve the quality of life of people and animals. In the last 18 months, these youth have reported more than 800,000 community service hours. 

In honor of their achievement, Roots & Shoots is launching a new the global youth campaign, One Million Hours of Service.  As part of this campaign we are profiling groups around the world that have shown incredible dedication to making their communities cleaner, greener and better places to live. 

Tanzania is the birthplace of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.  Since the start of the program, more than 6,000 Roots & Shoots clubs have registered in Tanzania. 

Last spring, thanks to the support of the European Union, Tanzanian Roots & Shoots members contributed more than 4,500 volunteer hours on behalf of people, animals and the environment! Read more to learn about these projects.


Planting tree seedlings in Morogoro
675+ volunteer hours contributed

In April, approximately 150 students planted 1,700 pine tree seedlings in Morongoro, Tanzania.  Pines are among the few tree species known to be resilient to area wildfires, which have been frequent in recent years.  The trees will store critical groundwater and greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change, as well as provide the community with shade and a source of sustainable timber and firewood.


Elevating school grounds prone to flooding in Dar es Salaam
1,700+ volunteer hours contributed

In May, more than 490 Roots & Shoots members from various schools in Dar es Salaam joined forces to elevate the grounds of a local elementary school as the area where the school is located is prone to flooding.  Over the past few years, the school’s paths and classrooms have frequently been covered in pools of standing water, which has posed a health hazard and made it difficult for students to attend class with sand, gravel and soil and planting vertiver grass to help absorb the rainwater, Roots & Shoots members made it easier for students to attend classes.


Protecting the forest from wildfires in Kigoma
1,400+ volunteer hours contributed

In May, 469 Roots & Shoots members from nine schools in Kigoma collaborated with the local community to create fire lanes in the Kitwe Forest Reserve.  The fire lanes will prevent fires from spreading and will allow emergency personnel to access the forest should fires occur.  JGI uses the Kitwe Forest Reserve as a “living laboratory” to teach local communities about effective forest management.


Planting tree seedlings in Pemba
200 volunteer hours contributed

In May, 200 members from Roots & Shoots and the Global Network of Religions for Children planted 1,000 pine tree seedlings in the eroded Kilima Punda.  Coral mining and heavy rains have removed much of the topsoil and trees from the Kilima Punda.  The pine trees, one of the few trees that can grow in the rocky terrain, will help to retain soil and water, bring life to the area, and so much more!


Planting bamboo to prevent soil erosion in Mbeya
780 volunteer hours contributed

In June, 312 Roots & Shoots members planted bamboo along Mbeya’s stream banks in order to reforest the landscape and prevent soil erosion.  The erosion of topsoil in the region has led to dangerous mudslides, as well as a bridge collapse.  By holding the topsoil in place and preventing erosion, the bamboo will improve the community’s safety and ability to transport goods.


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