Uhuru Watoto Project
Freedom for the Children
The girls we are helping live in rural villages outside the capital city of Tanzania, Dodoma. All of them live in extreme poverty, many surviving on one meager meal per day, often owning just one set of clothing. Many of them are from single parent homes or live with grandparents who care for them after the death of their parents. Every single one of them desires an education.
Children in Tanzania receive an elementary education in their village. However, secondary schools are located in the larger cities so students must walk 2 - 2.5 hours one way to reach the school, a journey that is long and, at times, dangerous. In addition, they must pay for tuition, uniforms, books & supplies. Many families cannot afford the cost and most will not provide it for girls who will marry and leave the family.
The Uhuru Watoto Project was created to help these girls receive an education so that they may provide for themselves and their families, helping to lift them out of poverty. We do this by sponsoring individual girls at a cost of $680 per year to cover tuition, supplies, uniforms, room and board. Our goal is to provide a secondary education for the girls, not to change their culture which is beautifully rich and open to life.
From the Heart
"I have never thought or dreamed that I could get such help." --Melina
"It is amazing to see that in the world there are people with good heart like you." --Sarah
"Thank you for the sacrifices that you make for us. I promise to give the best for others"
"We want to have hearts like yours, the hearts loving and caring for others." --Sesilia
"Pray for us, your daughters, so that we may make true our dreams and help many others." --Agata
"I pray for you so that God may grant you a good, healthy and peaceful life" --Maria
"We are so thankful for the help you have granted us, from the sacrifice you make every day. God bless you and your works." --Debora, Shukrani, and Pendo
"I love you with all my heart."
The Uhuru Watoto Project has a total of 30 girls in school at this time. They attend St. Clara's Catholic School in Mlali. We also support 4 boys at the Boy's Seminary in Bihawana. We would like to continue to support these 30 girls and increase the numbers of girls (and boys) as we gain sponsors. Some of our early graduates have started a business making clothing, jewelry and purses and we actively support their efforts as well as help some girls who have gone on to higher education. There are also opportunities to help with infrastructure at the schools, additional skills/work projects, obtaining bicycles for easier travel, funding solar panels to provide electricity to their dormitories for light and computer use, and the need for energy efficient computers.
Help our Girls
The Uhuru Watoto Project is committed to making a difference, one girl at a time. You can help by sponsoring a girl entirely. At this time, a full sponsorship is $680. Less than $2 a day will make a world of difference in the life of Melina, Sarah, Pendo, Shukrani or any of the hundreds of girls in need. There is no shortage of girls who need an education and your sponsorship makes that possible. We also gratefully accept donations in any amount and will combine those donations with others to make an education possible for a needy girl.
To make a donation, please click the DONATE link at the top or bottom of the page.
Please also pray for our girls, their teachers, our teams in both the U.S. and Tanzania, our donors and for the success of our efforts. We are grateful for your prayers.