Tabora is one of over 30 districts in Tanzania.
The region is named Tabora following the name of the town of Tabora.
In the 18th and 19th century the town was a place for collecting slaves for slave trade. From here the long slave caravan went to Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar to the famous slave markets along the East Coast. In 1890 when German colonialism began, slave trade was stopped. According to the views of the German Colonial masters Tabora was supposed to be the main town of East Africa due to its central position.
But these plans were not tangible. The British colonialists who came later had other plans and views. Tabora, therefore, lost the meaning. Only the railway, schools and some government houses show the German building style of few years of German colonial history. Today, the place of Tabora is served by sand and asphalt roads, the pathetic houses, small shops, a situation that shows that this town has been neglected. Hardly can you imagine that this area was once thought to be the centre of East Africa. The small air plane of Air Tanzania lands twice a week, when it is in a position to fly. Even the train stops there twice up to thrice a week as it travels a long way from the coast to Lake Tanganyika, mostly in the night hours. The travellers who do not know Tabora and who sleep when the train is travelling, do not miss a lot of things.
Tabora belongs to the less meaningful areas of the country, far away from the developed regions.
Since many years there are connections on the pages of MMH / MMS regarding Tabora Region, some pages on the new diocese of the Anglican Church which was grounded in 1989 while some pages are concerned with the printing press of the Benedictine Order in Kipapala, at the entrance of the town. The diocese is still young, as such it does not relate itself to the old partnerships nor does it have partners abroad. Financial means are available in a limited way only.
This has some advantages. People in the parishes are dependent upon their local strengths. This ought to be activated. The parishes are materially poor, but rich in inspirations and motivations. Good conditions for a Community Health work was for us obvious ways and possibilities to be found in order to help people in the context of their efforts for better living conditions and their wishes for development. In the forefront there is personal responsibility, initiatives of the people in solving their own problems. People have started to understand that development happens through holistic changes. We want to support people from this perspective.
>>further: Parish- and Mission work in Tabora – Anglican Diocese