Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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On Friday 9th December Tanzania celebrates Independence Day, marking 55 years since achieving independence from British colonial rule.
This year, Tanzanians are not expecting any pomp or fanfare after last year’s celebrations were massively downscaled to save costs by President Magafuli. Instead the President used the funds to improve public hospitals as part of his drive to stop waste of public funds. Despite this Tanzanians have cause to celebrate. Although Tanzania is still one of the world’s poorest countries, it has come a long way in terms of economic development since 1961. The election of President Magafuli last year is a good indication that the nation is on an upward trajectory. His presidency has seen real positive change in government spending, with funds being redirected to where they are most needed, such as education, health care and roads, which will improve the lives of Tanzanians.
As Tanzania celebrates Independence Day, ACT celebrates thirteen years of working within the country. Our projects in Tanga, Kilimanjaro and Kagera regions have positively transformed the lives of nearly 400 children since 2003. Kagera, a rural and remote region located in North West Tanzania, bordering Burundi and Rwanda, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Many families are living in situations of poverty, with female headed households and orphans significantly poorer than most. ACT is educating disadvantaged children and orphans and empowering widows through our income generation schemes in Chato and Biharamulo districts.
Fifteen year old Garinda is one of the beneficiaries. He lives with his mother in Rukora village. His father died from heart disease four years ago and his mother struggled to provide for the family, as she had only a little income from casual labour working in farms. Shortly after his father passed away, their house was burnt down and whatever little the family possessed was lost. Garinda and his mother went to live with his uncle.
Garinda received ACT sponsorship and has been able to go back to school, supported with school uniforms, sweater, shoes, books and other materials needed for his education. As part of the income generation scheme, Garinda was given a pig which has given birth to eight piglets. Garinda’s mother has sold some of the piglets and used the money to buy a plot of land for farming allowing her to feed her children and generate enough income to support them. Garinda is doing well at school and has ambitions of becoming a teacher. With ACT sponsorship, he is guaranteed support to complete his education.
Find out more about ACT’s work and supporting a child.