TATO donates 128m/- to Hanag tragedy victims

MANYARA,Hanang: The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) has through its members, donated

$51,200 (Tsh 128,000,000) to help survivors of the mudslides tragedy at Katesh in Hanang District, Manyara region that claimed over 69 lives scores injured and others rendered homeless.

According to TATO they diverted funds mobilized from its members for a 40 years grand anniversary in order to help the victims.

“We’ve been touched by the plight of the mudslide victims and unanimously decided calling off the TATO’s 40 years grand anniversary that was scheduled on December 9, 2023 so that we can re-allocate the resources to support our dearest brothers and sisters in Katesh” said TATO Chairman, Mr Wilbard Chambulo as he handed over the relief to the Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Angellah Kairuki.

The relief items made up of 37,800 liters of mineral water, 2000 liters of cooking Oil, 10 metric tons of wheat flour and 4,000 corrugated Iron sheets, all worth $51,200 (Tsh 128,000,000) in TATO’s efforts to offer a sigh of relief to the survivors.

“Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones, and we stand in solidarity with the communities grappling with the aftermath of this natural catastrophe,” said the Chairman.

He said the donation intends to provide immediate support to those in dire need for them to rebuild their lives shattered by the unfortunate incident.

“TATO acknowledges the urgency of the situation and remains committed to assisting the Hanang communities throughout the recovery process.”

Mr. Chambulo explained that the relief would address immediate nutritional, hygiene, and clothing requirements of the affected families.

Receiving the relief, Minister Kairuki hailed TATO for complementing government efforts in restoring hope to the victims of the tragedy.

“I’m so grateful to TATO members for your generous hearts. I urge other corporate bodies to borrow a leaf from TATO in joining forces with the government to mitigate the impact of the mudslide on the survivors” Ms. Kairuki said.

TATO is a leading organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the tourism industry in Tanzania.

The association comprises reputable tour operators and TATO works towards ensuring sustainable and responsible tourism practices, contributing to the socio-economic development of Tanzania.

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