Help the Children of Tanzania Fund
Location: Shirati, Tanzania
Help the Children of Tanzania Project
The Help the Children of Tanzania Fund is used to improve living conditions, education for children and young adults, provide health care to individuals without access otherwise and to support Women's Cooperatives with an income generating project to help them become more independent and better able to support their families.
Building 5 kitchens at 5 Secondary Schools to feed around 2,500 students
School fees for 20 School of Nursing students
School fees for about 27 Secondary, Elementary, Technical, Teacher's College, University and disabled students
School supplies, books and around 300 school uniforms for students unable to attend school otherwise
Boarding school fees for a number of students
Bicycles for students walking extremely long distances
Building around 15 houses for families living in dire poverty
Repairing or replacing many thatched roofs
Buying hundreds of mattresses, blankets, sheets, many kilos of food, clothes, shoes, etc, to respond to immediate needs on village visits
Surgeries including tubal ligations for women; medicine, hospital stays, prosthetic legs and transportation for patients
Donations to the Poor fund at hospital for food for patients
Nutritious food packs for HIV clients at the hospital
Drugs for HIV/Palliative Care patients
Have supported 42 groups (around 1000 women) with an income generating project of their choosing to provide income to set up micro loans. These loans are used to start their own businesses in order to help support their families. The women also contribute to the project as stated below.
Provided 12 groups with a grinding machines. The women build the secure building to house the machine. This project also provides a service to the women in the village who were walking up to 10 km. to have their maize and cassava ground.
17 groups with sewing machines. The women find a house or church where they can meet.
5 groups with about 120 vaccinated chickens, a few roosters and some wire fencing. The women built the enclosure and coop
8 groups with hippo rollers used to transport water instead of carrying 20 litres on their heads for a distance of up to 10 km. each day
Set up small businesses for a number of individual families and disabled clients
These projects impact the lives of around 1000 women plus their families, so about 5000 people are helped