Tanzania

Tanazania school feeding

More than 35,000 children in Tanzania are empowered to defeat hunger because of Feed the Children.

Tanzania is in East Africa, south of Kenya and Uganda, with its eastern edge on the Indian Ocean. Kids here live in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. It also boasts the Serengeti, a well-known, wildlife-rich national park.

Although Tanzania is a nation rich in natural resources, much of the nation still lives in poverty. Tanzanian children don’t have many of the basics we take for granted, like reliable electricity and water. Few families have money to invest in farming, and the country as a whole has very little technology.

Because of this, 68% of people in Tanzania survive on less than US$1.25 a day. The Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey states that 42% of all children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. Many parents have to choose whether to use what little money they have to send their kids to school or to buy food. That’s a choice no mom or dad should have to make.

To learn more about how Feed the Children works in Tanzania and other African countries, read our 2015 Africa Annual Report.

Tanzania Basics

Population
46 million
Poverty Rate
28.2 %
Average Life Expectancy
58.15 years
Kids Fed Every School Day
37,000
New Shoes Given to Kids
50,000

Food & Nutrition

Because so many of Tanzania’s kids come to school hungry and remain hungry throughout the day, we started a school feeding program. Today, we provide mid-morning breakfast to 37,000 of the most at-risk children each school day.

We work with the teachers and the parents who volunteer their time and energy at the feeding centers, providing quality kitchen and cooking tools as well as information on healthy foods. We teach nutrition because the most common foods these kids eat (corn, potatoes and cassava) lack important nutrients that kids need to grow.

Health & Water

In rural Tanzania, rainwater harvesting systems are a great way to get safe, clean water. We’ve built or repaired these for more than 25 communities, providing thousands of kids with water that won’t make them sick.

It’s important to keep kids from losing the good nutrients they eat to parasites. We give deworming medication to children in all our programs. We also teach everyone, from teachers to parents to kids, how important it is to wash your hands with soap.

Education

We feed kids at school to get them there and help them learn (we all learn better when we aren’t hungry). We give schoolchildren new shoes twice a year (since their feet grow so fast). Schools are great places to help kids learn livelihoods, so we’ve introduced farming at 30 schools in the country.

We work hard to make sure that children with special needs get to go to school too. We give them school uniforms, desks and other educational materials. We also build or remodel buildings and classrooms to better accommodate children with special needs.

Livelihoods

One of the biggest challenges for families in Tanzania who want to create a better life is the lack of decent jobs. Many people farm, but they don’t know how to get the most out of their fields. We teach farming to adults and also to kids.

We helped students in 30 primary schools learn to plant and tend two acres of mangoes and cassava plants. We gave a total of 12,000 cassava seedlings and 30,000 mango seedlings to the students to plant in their school grounds. The 30 schools planted a total of 30 acres of cassava and 30 acres of mangoes! We asked every school to raise a reasonable income from each harvest to keep their programs going.

We help Tanzanians organize Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) to encourage a culture of saving to invest in children’s futures. Members identify financial goals and begin saving and developing income-generating activities to reach those goals.

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One GIft Can Change a Child's Life

When you donate to Feed the Children, we can multiply that donation 5 times because of our corporate partners. Your gifts go where kids need help the most: nutritious food to eat, safe and clean water to drink, school and supplies, and even new ways to make a living. Their mothers might even receive a goat that will provide them milk, meat and a baby goat to share with their neighbors. And most of all, these kids can dream about a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Your donation can help end the cycle of poverty in Tanzania and other countries around the world!

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