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The Hadza are a unique population of hunter-gatherers living in the Lake Eyasi region of northern Tanzania.  Their way of life dates back millennia, living off of the land by hunting wild game, collecting wild plants and honey, and sleeping in simple grass huts in the dry African savannah.   The Hadza are familiar with the outside world of towns and technology, but while they are gracious neighbors most have chosen to follow the life ways of their parents and grandparents, keeping their vibrant and fascinating culture alive.

Challenges to Hadza Health and Culture

Unfortunately, while the Hadza have adapted to their ever changing environmental and social landscape in the past, recent challenges threaten their health and way of life.  Diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV are common in nearby villages, and increased interaction with growing villages near Hadza lands threatens to spread these and other illnesses.  Climate change and population growth also threaten Hadza access to the wild game, wild plants, and water on which they depend.  Much of their traditional homeland has already been lost to them.

The Hadza’s foraging lifestyle has proven resilient for thousands of years, but leaves them in a precarious position today.

Our Approach
The Hadza Fund was developed by researchers who have worked with the Hadza community for years to document and understand their way of life; it is our way of giving back.  We seek to promote and preserve Hadza culture by improving community health and documenting their way of life.  Specifically, we work with the Hadza and with other Tanzanian partners to support Hadza health care costs over the short term while also identifying initiatives that will improve their health over the long term.  As researchers, we also believe that continued work documenting Hadza life ways is vital to the long term survival of their culture and will improve efforts to promote community health.

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Hadza Fund is to support healthcare and research initiatives that improve the health of the Hadza people and promote a better understanding of their culture.  The Hadza Fund seeks to improve the health of the Hadza by increasing access to and supporting the costs of medical care, and by supporting research that seeks to understand the context of Hadza health by documenting their way of life.

The Hadza Fund is a secular organization.


 

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Your donation to the Hadza Fund helps save lives by supporting medical care and transportation costs. Please consider donating today through our GiveForward campaign.

We want to thank everyone who contributed during last year's fundraiser. Your help made the effort a huge success. Thank you! Check out what we've been up to in the 2013 Hadza Fund Newsletter.

 

 

 

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