In 2019 our programmes are expanding to Tanzania and we need your help!
At the request of the Tanzanian Government, the Sisters of Mary are planning an expansion of their programmes in one of the world’s poorest economies. With 74% of the population living below the poverty line, combined with educational facilities that are insufficient for the number of children, the majority of children in Tanzania drop out after primary education and lead lives of extreme poverty and hopelessness. To support their families they are forced into marriage or hard manual labour.
Observing our work on poverty relief around the world which you have made possible, the government have now invited us to set up a new school for girls in Kisarawe district near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and given us 40 acres of land to build a school. The Sisters of Mary (Sister Elena, Sister Theresa, Sister Maureen and Sister Arcela) are meeting with the representatives of the local diocese, the education board and building contractors to begin the planning for this new endeavour. The Sisters have also received a blessing from Pope Francis to begin their new life saving mission in Tanzania, are busy having lessons in Swahili and meeting children in need throughout the country.
Poverty in Tanzania is desperate. So many children begging on the streets or selling whatever they have scavenged. The Sisters were deeply moved by the plight of Maria whom they met in November last year. Maria at 15, is the eldest of five children. She shares one room and one bed with her family. They take it in turns to sleep at night. They are weak with hunger. The family are uneducated and the future looks bleak for Maria. With the chance of a place at school and an education, Maria's future can be transformed. In school, the Sisters will be able to provide a place of safety and comfort for Maria and hundreds of girls like her. She can learn skills which will help her get a job, fulfill her potential and build a better future for her whole family.
With the support of our donors, we hope Phase 1 of this new programme will commence later this year and welcome 150 young girls. In time, with the kindness of our donors, the Sisters of Mary programme in Tanzania may be able to provide food, education and academic and vocational training to 1000 children so that they can gain the skills they need to find a good job and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
In Swahili the Sisters say 'Ahsante kwa msaada wako!' (Thank you for your support).
Please pray for our success in this work and we look forward to keeping you up to date on progress!
Looking after a sick child.
Maria with her brothers and sisters, November 2018