This project will help: 42 youths from Chamwino, Tanzania
Estimated completion date: November 2019
For as long as Victor* can remember, his grandmother has walked down the dusty red road on her way to the field, the early morning sun rising with her as she goes. Seventeen-year-old Victor has watched subsistence farmers like his grandmother struggle to raise crops in the hot, dry earth. For all their hard work, they bring home around $10 a month. Surely, Victor thinks, there must be another way.
Victor’s grandmother has raised him since he was an infant. Many of his friends are also orphans, raised by grandparents, uncles and aunties. Others have parents who are disabled, HIV positive or have simply walked away from their families. One thing they have in common is overwhelming poverty—the kind of poverty that doesn’t allow for three meals a day, let alone that covers school fees.
As a result, many young people in Victor’s community drop out of school. Some end up on the streets or in gangs. The girls often get married or pregnant at a very young age. Drug abuse and suicide are far too common. But Victor hopes for something more. As a sponsored Compassion child, Victor knows that there is always hope. He desperately wants to continue his education and learn new agriculture methods that would make work easier and more profitable for people like his grandmother.
With your help, young people like Victor can afford to stay in school and complete their education. Your support will help 42 students pay their tuition fees as they pursue advanced high school studies, vocational training, certificate programs, college diplomas and university degrees. For those studying away from home, your gift will also help cover the cost of their transportation, accommodation and meals. With the gift of education, students will be able to pursue their dreams and build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.
Give the gift of education and help young people learn life-changing skills.
SummaryThis initiative will help 42 young people in Tanzania complete high school and attend colleges, universities and vocational training centres. By completing their education, they’ll acquire valuable skills and knowledge to help them become financially self-sufficient. With the confidence and wages that come from earning a living, they’ll be able to transform their lives, families and communities.
- Child development centres impacted: TZ-811
- The problem: For Tanzanian families struggling to provide even two meals a day, education is not always a priority. By the time they reach their teenage years, many adolescents have dropped out of school. Some find low-paying unskilled jobs, while other turn to gangs, drugs and crime. For some, suicide looks like their only escape from the poverty they’ve known all their lives. Advanced education and vocational training can help change all that, but it is unaffordable for the poorest families.
- What is provided through this gift:
- School fees for 42 students:
- 3 students in advanced levels in high school
- 28 students in vocational schools
- 8 students in certificate programs
- 2 students in college
- 1 student in university
- Accommodation costs for students
- Transportation to and from school
- School fees for 42 students:
- Local contribution: US$50.68
- Monitoring: Centre staff will follow up with students to monitor their progress and offer encouragement.
- Indicators of success: Based on previous examples, we expect to see an increase in participation and motivation while the students are at school. Once they graduate, students should be able to support themselves through their newly acquired livelihood skills.