At our Mbinga site in Tanzania, life already isn’t easy for many schoolchildren. Rural Tanzanian students often live in poverty, while their parents struggle to afford school fees. Children often drop out, further widening the poverty cycle. Around 70% of schoolchildren ages 14-17 aren’t enrolled in secondary education.
When COVID-19 swept the world, it certainly hit Tanzania. Handwashing and keeping schools hygienic became more important than ever.
Enter: the SWASH club.
A team of talented volunteers accompanied by some of our Canadian staff members embarked on an incredible adventure to our sites in Tanzania in October 2019, just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, putting all of our mission trips on pause. Even though more than a year has passed, the children and community that our mission participants met in Tanzania are still feeling the reverberations of their memorable visit.
Before they left for their trip, the Tanzania mission team raised funds and awareness for our work at our Neema and Mbinga sites. Their hard work and dedication raised $15,162.65!