I donated $100 in support of this campaign.
"What a wonderful thing to do! Thank you Colleen!"
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Tanzania Development Support invests in the education of schoolchildren to improve in the quality of life of youth, especially girls, in the Mara region by supporting primary and secondary school improvements and other community-identified priorities. One identified improvement is the purchase of new books for the Nyegina Library. The library lacks a high volume of books and the books it does have lack relevancy based on print date, many books being old and donated and based on language, as many of the books that are available are in English.
Although it has roughly the same number of people as the combined populations of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (41 million), Tanzania's GDP is only $20.72 billion, about the same as 440,000 Americans. Tanzanians are moving to urban areas at four times the rate as Americans, however 75% still live in rural areas with limited access to education, health care, and economic opportunities. Half of the nation's income comes from agriculture, which is limited by poor infrastructure and little access to markets and technology. The number of Tanzanians living on less than $1 a day is 12.7 million. Forty percent of Tanzanians are under the age of 15. The HIV infection rate is ten-times that of the U.S. and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is 1.4 million, more than the entire state of Maine. (Sources: CIA World Factbook 2009, Global Footprint Network Footprint Factbook Africa 2009)
Fundraising to purchase books will educate people and empower many generations to come. Education will help Tanzanians fight their way out of poverty.
To celebrate the fundraising and experience a day in the life of a Tanzanian woman, everyone is invited to attend the Water Walk 10 to 1 p.m. April 29 at Sycamore Lake Rotary Park in Sycamore. There, participants, if they want, will be able to carry jugs of water around the lake like many Tanzanian women do each day to bring water into their house because their homes lack infrastructure, including plumbing.