Tanzania has seen solid progress over the last ten years, in terms of infrastructure development, primary education and giving access to medical facilities to more people. But it still faces many problems like high maternal mortality rates, HIV, malaria, poor sanitary conditions, malnourishment which leads to malnutrition and bad roads that break dozens of families every week with deadly accidents. Addressing these issues is the government’s job but Tanzanians are not sitting waiting with their hands folded, they are working hard to improve life.
According to a UNICEF report published in October 2011, adolescents make up about 20 per cent of the population, one out of every five Tanzanians. The future of Tanzania is in the hands of its children and adolescents, and in the two weeks I was in Tanzania I saw some very ambitious projects and met with people up for the challenge of educating their youngsters. Muslims, Christians and Hindus are cooperating for a better future for Tanzania.
I am grateful to all the people who trusted me and shared their experience of the struggles they face daily of keeping what they’ve built up – standing. I’m also thankful to them for giving me their precious time to educate me on the issues surrounding orphaned children. I keep their words of encouragement and hope that I can return to learn more about the work being done.