Help Rural Children and Residents of Tanzania, Africa
Organized by: Michelle Victoria
Imagine being a child in Africa. You want to go to school to get an education and know that this is your only chance for a better life. But, the teachers are not like they are here in America. Sometimes, the teachers will not even show up to class but the students are so eager to learn that they will wait hours on end in hopes of their teacher arriving so that they may better themselves. Tanzanians currently deal with educational issues, lack of funding to build proper school systems, and lack even the basic necessity of clean water. GIVE is a volunteering organization that recruits volunteers to come help tutor students, make fresh water tanks, and build schools. The trip I am looking to fundraise is specifically to Tanzania.
For the Tanzania trip, this is exactly what we will be doing (as quoted directly from the website): "Notable Tanzania Projects GIVE volunteers serve in rural communities in northern Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Tanzania. We have a formal partnership with the Vice President of Zanzibar, and he has committed government resources to ensure that the school we are constructing is fully operational once complete. Education Program: In a local school in Zanzibar, Matemwe students only speak Swahili. National high school entrance tests are administered in English, which causes many Matemwe students to fail their exams. Failing this exam, then, effectively ends their academic careers since there are no viable options to learn English and pass the exam. In response, GIVE is teaching English in the community in conjunction with a local NGO and, since our arrival, students' test scores have improved significantly and they continue to be eager to work with our volunteers. Watch a short video about our education program! Tutoring: GIVE volunteers offer English tutoring for residents of Cairo in classrooms constructed by past volunteers in the mornings, and evenings. Often, community members come to tutoring after volunteering with us at the school construction site. Many residents are thrilled by this service and actively use it. Picture Fresh Water Project: GIVE volunteers and the community worked together in 2013 to build a fresh water tank for the village of Cairo out of plastic bottles. The tank supplies water through a pipeline that runs from underground aquifers found in local caves. Watch a short video that includes volunteers presenting the completed aquifer to the local community! School Construction: Currently there is no easily accessible school for residents of Cairo and Kiwengwa, Zanzibar (population 5,000). Per the community’s request, GIVE is in the process of constructing a joint nursery, primary, and technical/vocational school on community land. The Vice President of Zanzibar and Ministry of Education has agreed to provide teachers for the school once completed. " This is the website of our organization: http://www.givevolunteers.org/our-projects.html
Let me give you a run down of EXACTLY what your money would be going towards. The trip itself is roughly $4,000. Any money collected is what GIVE uses to be able to afford materials for the construction of the schools, water systems, so on. You are literally providing the "brick and mortar" for these residents, so to speak. This amount is the amount for the trip of ONE volunteer, which I am fundraising to be able to go on the trip. Any costs that are NOT towards the Tanzanians (airfare, medical and travel insurance, anything I would want to buy there, etc), is NOT included in the $4,000 trip cost and is something that I intend to save up for with money from work. And of course the money for the actual labor/work being done is also not a cost you are paying for as volunteers of course do not get paid.
I originally heard a presentation at my University and saw some video clips and pictures, and heard a great speech. I always volunteer locally and I just felt moved to bring my volunteering to this much more personal level and bring that help to a global level. However, as a broke college student who can barely afford my own rent, I can't be quite the hero that I intend to be and I need help to help others. I think this seems like a wonderful trip and I will provide pictures AFTER the trip is completed so that I can show everyone specifically what they have helped donate money towards and specifically who it is going towards, as I will be devoting my time to actually be with these people.
"The only universal language is that of charitable deeds and love..." Thank you so much to everyone who wants to join in on this wonderful cause! God bless all...