Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African nation sharing borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Over 40% of the population is aged 14 or below.

Approximately 5.6% of the population are living with HIV/AIDs. 36% of Tanzanians are currently living below the international poverty line. Corruption is a problem in Tanzania, on an international scale from 0-10, 10 being the best a country can be, Tanzania is ranked as a 3. A little known fact is that Tanzania plays host to over 500,000 refugees, more than any other African country. It is home to an estimated 437,500 street and working children.

What we do

We have been working in Tanzania since 2007, when we started supporting the HOACHIDT centre for the blind. The project is a grass roots programme that delivers educational services for this largely deprived group of people. We also run an income generating programme for those at the centre in the form of a bakery.

We are building a pre-school / primary school in a Maasai village called Mapangala in South West Tanzania. Currently there is no access to education for children until they reach the age of 7, when they are considered old enough to walk the 12km round trip to the nearest school. This project was initiated by the Maasai women of the village who raised funds from sales of traditional jewellery they had made to make bricks for the school.

We are seeking to develop our work in the country and will be doing so in line with one of our central themes of work, namely Street and Working Children. We will be doing this by working with partner organisations within Tanzania.