About Bassodawish, Tanzania
Bassodawish village is one of the 48 villages in Karatu District with an area of 4050 sq km. The village has an approximate total of 6,728 people (2,870 males and 3,857 females) including children.*
As you read this, you may think the village is very large. It is, but only in geography. The village center consists of approximately 20 small buildings, some of them are partially built. Driving through Bassodawish on the gravel road, you would hardly think of it as a town in European or Western standards.
The village is located about 13km south of Karatu Town and approximately 160km from the center of Arusha city. This area historically belongs to the pastoralists from Datoga and Iraqw tribes.
Bassodawish village also has 5146 cows, 4440 goats, 1890 sheep, 197 donkeys, and 848 pigs.* Usually the livestock are removed during farming activity to the nearby open areas of Mangola. The livestock herds are growing and now farming activities have expanded occupying more land than ever before.
Bassodawish village community depends on farming and pastoralism. This is the way people provide for their necessities of life and community development project such as building the school, building the health centers, and paying for their children’s school fees.
Farming activities depend on weather. Sometimes if the weather is not good, then their community economic earning collapse and their development activities stop because they do not have any other income. In the season of the 2008/2009 there was no harvest at all and government was trying to provide food for them, but still it was not enough. This resulted in many villagers attempting to sell whatever possible to save their families, to buy food and cover the essentials. Community development activities were put aside temporarily so the people could deal with their basics needs.
Bassodawish has three primary schools and one secondary school.
Bassodawish has a health center which is owned by the village government. It is run by the Government under the supervision of the District Council. The center provides good services to the villagers as well as their neighbors.
*This history was written by the village council in the spring of 2010, with a few edits in 2013.
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