SCHOOL SUPPLY PROJECTS
Almost all of the schools we work with are in very remote areas of Tanzania. Typical school buildings consist of dirt floors, dark buildings, no windows and chalk boards that are corroding from over use. There are often no books, paper or pencils in sight. Often you will see four children sitting on a desk built for two or sitting on the dirt floor. It is shocking to see the need and Children of Tanzania often steps in with much need supplies. We have delivered countless desks, textbooks, notebooks, black boards, backpacks, pencils, dorm beds, malaria nets, soccer balls, pencil cases and sharpeners. We also provide emergency food aid when necessary.
Malnutrition perpetuates the cycle of poverty. We observed first hand the children of Meali Primary School suffering from the devastating effects of hunger. They were underweight, had stunted growth, scalp conditions, eye diseases and distended stomachs. We built Meali a kitchen and started a daily lunch program that made all the difference. Like Meali, many schools in Tanzania are not able to provide lunch to students. Providing food improves their overall health, affects their performance in school and encourages better school attendance. Children of Tanzania builds school kitchens and storage facilities for schools in need.
Children of Tanzania has taken on many building projects. Many of the schools we see are literally crumbling or have severe overcrowding issues. Others have been offered food aid through the world food program but do not have the required school kitchen in order to implement a lunch program. With each potential project we will look at many factors including the sustainability and viability of the project. Our major projects incude the building of twelve classrooms, four school kitchens, three school bathrooms, two teacher houses, six rain harvesting tanks and one deep water well. We also support a small number of schools that are thriving and provide support to help increase quality and student capacity.
We often meet promising young Tanzanian students who have to end their education due to lack of funds. Over the years we have sponsored many students and we have seen that sponsorship not only provides a means for a continued education, but also gives these students opportunities for a successful future. Our success stories range from a student who is now a lawyer working to help with land rights issues facing the Maasai, two teachers, a former student who has been given a seat on the Tanzanian Human Rights Counsel, another working with an environmental science degree and a journalist. These young professionals are role models for the younger children in their villages and are giving back in significant ways.
In Tanzania, children are required to wear uniforms to school. Many children in poor and rural areas cannot afford to purchase uniforms and therefore are not able to attend school. Others arrive in tattered uniforms that have been handed down through many generations. We provide the children with uniforms including sweaters, belts and socks. Once the children are measured, we employ local tailors, providing much needed income to many local workers. Children of Tanzania has provided over two thousand uniforms which secures an educational future and an improved self-esteem.
Most people in Tanzania live and die without ever tasting a drop of clean water. In many Tanzanian villages, the only source of water for villagers, livestock and wild animals is contaminated water holes. As you can imagine, this water is teeming with animal waste and disease causing children to suffer from diarrhea, cholera, trachoma (blindness) and Guinea worm to mention just a few. Sub-Saharan Africa holds the highest rates of death from water borne illnesses than anywhere else worldwide. Children of Tanzania has provided wells and rain harvesting tanks
for six different schools.