The Need is Great
- The average household income in Tanzania is approximately a $1 per day to house and feed a family often comprised of 7 or more people.
- Life expectancy in Tanzania is just 48 years due to HIV/AIDS, the leading cause of death, and malaria, the number one killer of children.
- Very few people in Tanzania have access to appropriate basic services or even know they exist. Over five million people in Tanzania do not have access to any kind of toilet.
- Few children in Tanzania have ever owned a new pair of shoes. They spend their days either barefoot or wearing a pair of used, worn shoes that are often too big or too small or falling apart.
- Education is key to overcoming poverty. Yet, for the families in Tanzania who live at heartbreaking poverty levels, sending children to a secondary school is a dream beyond the financial means. For the children, this means their education ends at about age 12.
- For those that are fortunate enough to afford schooling, classrooms, teachers and textbooks are in short supply. Classrooms with 75 students taught by one teacher are common. A single textbook is often shared by as many as 20-25 children and several students often share a pencil, or use a pencil that has been cut in half for two children to use.