In October 2020, we visited to one of the most deprived areas in Tanzania, Karatu. Here we had first contact with some families who told us about their difficulties, the majority centered on the impossibility of buying food or school supplies for their children.
Always in favor of the progress of local economies, we decided to focus our efforts on promoting small businesses dedicated to the sale of fruits, vegetables, fishes, rice, etc. In this way, each family could obtain an income with which to cover their daily expenses.
In addition, we did it. We invested and created jobs, created value, contributed to better services, and have them build their prosperity. We only gave them the fishing pole, because they already knew how to fish. Today 11 families have benefited from this initiative.
However, there have been more dreams fulfilled in Karatu. We installed a toilet at the Ganaco Secondary School for Rosemary, a teenager who, because of an accident, cannot flex her legs. In most public places in Tanzania, there are latrines that doesn’t suit handicapped or cripples, so this girl had serious problems when going to the bathroom or toilet at school and she spent the whole day without eating or drinking to avoid attending the toilet.
Moreover, we contributed sacks of rice and corn for lunch at school for the children of the families we support, as well as school supplies for a whole semester. We repaired and fixed few houses through fixing windows and doors; we gave temporary employment to five people; Neema and Derrick received their first Christmas presents and we provided first medical assistance, with X-ray tests, diagnosis, crutches and medication for Rosemary and Jackson.
The Rosemary and Jackson stories are long. Both required surgical intervention, the first for the trauma because of the accident and the second for osteomyelitis. I hope that we can tell you soon how AfrikAmiga helped them paying for the operations they need to return to their normal life.
“People tend to forget what you do and what you say,
but not how you have made them feel”