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Almost one third of people in Tanzania live in poverty. While the country has seen some economic growth in tourism, mining, trade and communication, the number of Tanzanians living below the poverty line has marginally increased due to rapid population growth. In some regions, up to half of the population struggles to meet the cost of essential food, shelter and other basic necessities like clothing, health care and education.

Salesian missionaries are responding to the desperate situation in Tanzania, a country devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. One in every 10 citizens has been affected, including 1 million children, many of whom are orphaned and caring for their younger brothers and sisters. A lack of educational opportunities in remote communities—particularly for girls—has fueled the misery and deprivation in Tanzania.

Children suffer the greatest in Tanzania, with almost 70 percent facing deprivation in two or more of the areas of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, access to information, water supply and shelter.

Salesian missionaries in Tanzania have been working to rescue children by working to fill the country’s critical education gap, while addressing other social concerns like clean water. Salesian Missions, through its Clean Water Initiative, is providing clean, safe water to the country’s people.

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Build primary & secondary schools

Salesian missionaries in Tanzania have been working to fill the educational gap in the country for more than 25 years. Tanzanian youth have gained access to education through Salesian schools and programs that have been developed to meet the most critical needs of the communities they serve. When Salesian missionaries opened a secondary school in Didia, in northern Tanzania, it was the first secondary school within a 40-mile radius. Since its inception, girls have had the opportunity to acquire an education at this co-educational facility, the first school to accept girls in the region.

Provide technical & vocational training

Salesian missionaries operate 10 vocational training centers in Tanzania where youth access educational programs and training in trades that can lead to future stable employment. In one carpentry program, students are busy manufacturing furniture for a local restaurant. In other programs, students are learning masonry, tailoring, plumbing and computer studies. The vocational centers also offer services that prepare students for the workforce, providing training in searching, applying and interviewing for a job and in how to retain a job once a student is employed.

Rescue children facing adversity

Salesian schools and other facilities are providing new opportunities to at-risk youth in communities throughout Tanzania where nearly one million children have been orphaned due to AIDS. Many of these children are forced to leave school due to poverty or to care for their families. Orphans who have dropped out of school are given the opportunity to return to their studies and learn a trade at one of many Salesian-run vocational schools. These schools and other facilities are providing new opportunities for a better life. At Salesian technical and secondary schools and youth centers, youth develop skills to overcome obstacles. They learn a trade of their choice and how to stand on their own to create a productive life.

Build orphanages & shelters for homeless youth

Salesian missionaries operate four Salesian centers in Dar es Salaam that provide education, workforce development programs, health services and assistance to street children. The Kinyerezi Children’s Center was established to provide street children and orphans a place to call home and provides them with education, rehabilitation and psychosocial support. Many of the Center’s structures and programs are still in development. A new clean water project ensures youth have access to the clean water they need. The water is used for drinking, bathing, sanitation and the small-scale food production planned at the Center. The Center is currently able to serve 150 orphans and street children enrolled in the program and indirectly more than 3,000 youth who access the Center’s health, education, recreational facilities and counseling services each day.

Empower girls & women through education

When Salesian missionaries opened a secondary school in Didia, in northern Tanzania, which was the first school in the region to accept girls, it was also the first secondary school within a 40-mile radius. Since its inception, boys and girls have had the opportunity to acquire an education at this co-educational facility. Salesian-run educational institutions are committed to equal access for girls and young women.

Improve health services

Tanzania has been devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. One in every 10 citizens has been affected, including 1 million children, many of whom are orphaned and caring for their younger brothers and sisters. To help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, students in 79 schools across Tanzania are taking part in the “Life Choices” program, as part of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Of the 79 schools, 47 are primary, 23 are secondary and nine are vocational training centers. The “Life Choices” program targets youth ages 10 to 19 with core messages of abstinence and being faithful to prevent HIV infection. The program also benefits the youth by employing a multipronged approach to HIV/AIDS prevention. This approach not only offers youth health education on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, but also teaches life skills.

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From Tanzania

Shattering Gender Stereotypes in Tanzania

“Many people think that only boys can become electricians,” says 21-year-old Grace. “I am happy to disappoint them.” With help from Salesian missionaries in Dodoma, Tanzania, a growing number of young women like Grace are

Clean Water for Tanzania

In Tanzania, safe drinking water is scarce. Residents who do not live near one of the country’s three major lakes — Victoria, Tanganyika, or Malawi — must rely on water that is often contaminated with toxic waste. Th

World AIDS Day: Salesian Missions Highlights Successful HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs in Africa

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 1, 2012) Since 1988, Dec. 1 has marked World AIDS Day - held to honor AIDS victims and focus on prevention and treatment issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune defici

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: Salesian Missions Reports on Programs that Fight Extreme Poverty

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 17, 2012) To mark the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Salesian Missions is proud to report on some of its programs around the globe that fight extreme poverty by providing hope and opp

International Women’s Day: Salesian Missions Highlights Programs that Empower Women Through Education

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 8, 2012) - International Women’s Day—created by the United Nations and celebrated by organizations and countries around the globe—is observed each year on March 8.

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