Tanzania: Central, East Africa
The Township and District of Kahama in Northwestern Tanzania
The Kahama District has a population of around one million people; split between the township and 240 scattered villages. We chose to work in the Kahama district because it is remote and has little outside help.
Tanzania's poverty is widespread and
acute. Around 85% of the population live in rural areas such as the Kahama
region. The arid conditions mean that many of the people are nutritionally
deficient and are sustenance farmers only.
According to UNAIDS, about 1.4 million
people are living with HIV in Tanzania. Of those 160,000 are children under the
age of 15: this in a population of just over 46 million. The HIV rates are
higher than the national average in the Kahama region.
We engage in capacity-building programs, which means that we are building a long-term, reciprocal relationship with the community, rather than just transferring resources.
The town has a long, busy Main Street with side roads bustling with bicycles and motorbikes. There are some modern hotels and a large supermarket, which cater to the more affluent gold miners who spend their days-off in Kahama. But the townsfolk who can afford to make purchases shop in the small stores and markets.
Scavenging Marabou storks at the rubbish dump.
The Kahama District Hospital is the only hospital for the whole district - a population of around a million people! There are also satellite clinics. We have targeted a couple of the clinics with one-off donations and hope that our support filters out to the others in the future.
A typical village school will have few or no resources.
We send school supplies in our shipping containers and Brenda (One Person President and co-founder) and volunteers take resources in their suitcases on each trip.
Mabula receives a precious soccer ball on one of our annual visits.
Poverty is extreme in the outlying villages
A typical gas station...the container on the table....
There is much beauty in Tanzania, the countryside can be amazing but the devastating effects of poverty are everywhere. Thank you for helping us to make a difference.
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