Moshi, Tanzania is famous for its connotation to Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – and its grandeur attracts thousands of tourists to this city; providing substantial foreign exchange earnings for the region. However, Tanzania continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world and the majority of its population lives on less than a dollar a day. As a Master of Global Management Student with a passion for socioeconomic development I believe that the best catalyst to alleviating poverty is education. When you educate a child you give them the opportunity to read, to write, to play, and open up their world to change. Education empowers.
In November 2012, on a visit to Longuo Primary School in Moshi, Tanzania, I was both in awe with the kids warm welcoming and saddened as I noticed some were bare foot and had tattered uniforms. The headmistress went on to tell me that the school has 69 most ‘vulnerable children’ which are worse off than some orphans. The majority of these kids have been abandoned by their young mothers and left with family members – often grandmothers – who do not have the means to provide them with a basic education. Although primary education is guaranteed to all Tanzanians the mandatory $25 cost for a uniform is not one that these families can bare, and therefore some of these children cannot attend school.
Collectively, we were able to raise awareness and raise enough to fund these kids school uniforms and school fees for 2013 - 2014! Jake Guay and Andre Guay, Employees at Ottawa 2 East Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, and family & friends your generous donations will put a smile on a lot of faces. Thank you!