Our Programs

What We Do

Why VEGAN?

  • For The Animals
    Products such as meat, dairy, eggs and leather all necessarily involve a lot of suffering. Animals raised for such products suffer in a number of ways, from pain, fear, confinement and sadness (such as when a female cow has her baby taken away so her milk can be used for human consumption), and of course they are slaughtered. 
  • For Human Health
    It is absolutely clear that we do not need animal products to eat a healthy diet. There is evidence of this in the growing number of vegans from all walks of life who are easily getting all of their required nutrients without animal products. This is also being recognized by mainstream health organizations such as the Tanzanian Dietetic Association, whose position is that:
  • For The Planet
    The environmental impact of animal agriculture has also been highlighted by significant institutions, including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. In their report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’, they revealed that animal agriculture was responsible for 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transport combined (13%).

What We Do On Vegan

  • Access to vegan education on the benefits of vegan living for individuals, animals, and the planet through awareness programs, festivals, conferences, and events. This includes providing local activists with resources and assistance to organize result-oriented vegan festivals and conferences in their own communities.
  • Support member individuals and organizations to help create plant-based popularity through public lectures, news, articles, and the media to promote veganism, as well as vegan-friendly options, in various industries including the hospitality industry.
  • Support vegan entrepreneurs on a resource and organizational level in their efforts to spread the word about vegan living through plant-based entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Provide support for the local production of affordable, environmentally-friendly, plant-based food products as substitutes for animal-based protein and dairy

This program area is largely informed by the various forms of reported human-animal conflict. Generally, as a result of; the presence of environmental degradation, encroachment and increased land fragmentation have resulted in an incremental trend in cases of human-animal conflict globally. In Africa, and based on several underlying factors; whether social, economic, technological and/or environmental nature, such cases often result in destruction of property or loss of biodiversity through habitat destruction or destabilization of the ecosystems’ equilibria. In some cases, loss of human life has been observed through violent/active involvement of animals or via passive/indirect routes such as zoonotic disease spread. VERITAS works with governments and like-minded stakeholders to carry out interventions that contribute to maintaining a balance between various human practices and animal survival (biodiversity conservation). Our focus on communities is generally geared towards innovative use of technology to provide solutions to causes of conflict and placement of affordable mitigation measures.

VERITAS advocates for the preservation of critical wildlife migration corridors between protected areas passing through community-owned land.
 
We aim at increasing knowledge and skills, and improving attitudes and behaviors about animal welfare; of citizens, policy makers and practitioners.

VERITAS Research Project: Assessment towards human – elephant coexistence and poaching in Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. 2022/2023.

VERITAS works with communities towards enabling sustainable agriculture production and ensuring that everyone receives sufficient nutritious food – for the long-term. We provide training in nutrition and in sustainable, organic methods of farming, develop community mentors and provide seeds, tools and technical support at the outset.

Our training and support programmes cover a wide spectrum of farming and nutrition issues. The direct training and long-term approach promotes the cost-effective sharing of skills with thousands of other households who benefit from improved livelihoods through peer learning.

What we do on Agriculture and Nutrition:

  • We provide education in the production of high-value nutritious crops, protein supplementation, water saving and improved agriculture techniques. We also support households and the larger community in developing skills and knowledge to improve their nutrition through the establishment of individual and community/group organic kitchen gardens using water saving and improved agricultural techniques to produce a variety of both indigenous and exotic crops.
  • By training people in the effective use of stove liners to reduce firewood collection, optimized fuel consumption and improved hygiene and safety in kitchens, we are making a significant contribution to the enhanced health and well-being of all community members.

Economic empowerment is a key cornerstone of our approach to providing sustainable long-term solutions, which will truly endure. By helping people gain the skills and experience they need to secure economic independence, we are permanently breaking the cycle of dependency that has for so long robbed individuals and communities of the chance to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

What we do on Economical Empowerment:

  • We work with communities, groups and individuals to provide training, education and on-going support across a variety of areas within the remit of Economic Empowerment.
  • We help to facilitate the development of micro-enterprises (eg. agriculture, agribusiness) through the provision of start-up finance, materials (e.g. goats, poultry, mills) and business training.
  • We provide training on proposal writing, fundraising and marketing, connecting groups with suitable markets for their produce and skills.
  • We expand and extend project management skills and entrepreneurship through the provision of training in financial resource management and the establishment of revolving community funds.
  • We also identify and engage other sources of long-term funding and support and we train community groups in how to access funds and grants to the best effect and with greatest relevance and benefit to the community.

Our Partners

In providing relief services and promote sustainable development to vulnerable communities through capacity enhancement interventions, VERITAS is allied by different Organizations that share the vision and mission for creating a better world. These organizations are: