Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation
The cities of Salzburg, Austria, and Singida in East African Tanzania have been strongly connected as Sister Cities since 1984. Ten years later the partnership of the two regions Salzburg and Singida was the beginning of a long term cooperation: Sister Cities and Regional Cooperation Salzburg – Singida / Tanzania.
For many years the focus was strongly on infrastructure projects in health and education. A reasonable number of school classes, teachers’ offices, teachers’ houses, school toilets, rainwater harvesting and health stations had been built and Upendo Home, a home for street children was established. Projects like reforestation, waste collection systems, a huge water project providing clean and affortable water for people in the city of Singida, in cooperation with the European Union (2003) and the rebuilding of the main bus stand with several shops (2009).
In recent years, the focus has shifted from infrastructure projects towards peoples empowerment. Professional trainings and further education especially for women are part of this direction. Girls and women are major target groups in all projects. Improving life quality and new perspectives for marginalized groups is the focus and infrastructure projects are embedded in a strategy with coherent actions.
Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation refers to two cities, municipalities or regions with the common goal of cultural and economic exchange. International partnerships are also used for expert exchange in the sense of a local Agenda 21 and is seen as a platform to foster democratization in states, in which the rule of law and freedom are not yet considered to have been achieved (“local foreign policy”).
The Sister Cities
The city of Singida is located in the center of the country at an altitude of 1,500 meters. This central market town in the midst of bizarre granite hills is framed by salty lakes. The two regional capitals Salzburg and Singida are close in terms of population numbers of 150,000 inhabitants. The region of Singida counts about 1.4 million inhabitants and is with 49,340 km2 about seven times the size of the region of Salzburg with 552,614 inhabitants and an area of 7,156 km².
The partner organization in Singida is a small NGO called “Community Initiative Promotion”, CIP. Together with Afesso Ogenga and Violet Shaku project strategies are developed and implementation and evaluation work on a professional level happens. Know-how and commitment on both sides make this cooperation successful.
Until 2008, when CIP was founded, we worked together with CTDF (Community Trust Development Fund) as partner NGO.
Team in Salzburg:
Board members in Salzburg: Johann Padutsch, Chairman, Martina Berthold, Deputy Chairman, Gernot Himmelfreundpointner, Helmut Hüttinger, Secretary, Guggi Daurer, Treasurer, Susanne Dittrich-Allerstorfer, Treasurer, Dieter Rachbauer, Consultant.
Advisory Board: Anna Schiester, Johanna Schnellinger, Judith Schröcksnadel, Andrea Rainer, Anita Rötzer, Herta Fuchslechner.
Controller: Rupert Rechberger, Werner Steinacher
Team in Singida:
Board members CIP Singida: Permenas Mashanjara, Chairman, Samwel Mdungu, Lenatus Myovella, Ngasa Maliwa.
Board Members Upendo Home Singida: Parseko Kone, Chairman, Sybille Voggenhuber, Bernhard Fries, Anna Molel, Fatuma, Permenas Mashanjara.
Former city councilor, Johann Padutsch, has been chairman of the association since 2002. Until 2002 the former mayor Heinz Schaden was chairman. They have contributed significantly to the development and preservation of the association.
The Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation originated from the love of travel of Wilhelm Kaufmann and his daughter Eva Schröcksnadel. Driven by their initiative and with the support of the former mayor of Salzburg, Josef Reschen, the foundation for the Sister Cities Salzburg – Singida agreement was laid in 1984. The Regional Cooperation was founded in 1994.
Until her death in 2004 Eva Schröcksnadel – Mama Eva – was the driving force and good soul. She used to travel to Singida at least once a year. Together with her Tanzanian partner Amos Maliwa (deceased in 2011) she campaigned for the people in Singida. Her seemingly endless commitment and her love for Africa have promoted the Sister Cities for 20 years.
Other founding members are Ilse Hanak, who was committed her entire life women empowerment of Africa, Herta Fuchslechner, former nurse and world traveler was involved from the beginning to the present, and Vera Müller, who was a contributing member until her death in 2015.
The artist painter Wilhelm Kaufmann, (1901-1999), initiator and co-founder of the Sister Cities Salzburg – Singida, spent a lot of time in Africa (Togo, Gabon, Lomé) in the 1960s. Together with his partner, Lotte Gerhold, he repeatedly lived several months in the jungle hospital of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. In the year 1989 he visited Tanzania at the age of 88 together with his partner and his daughter Eva. His deep connection with the people and the beauty of Africa is sensible in his pictures.