To be successful in school, students need pens, pencils, books and other materials. Yet there are almost none available to the students in the public primary schools we support. Sadly, these schools are located in districts where the families must struggle every day just to put food on the table. Buying the most basic school supplies is virtually impossible. Yet, without textbooks, pens, pencils and sharpeners the students can't take notes, review classwork, do homework and take tests with the full time allotted as they have to wait for another student to lend them their pen or pencil. To date, we have supplied basic school supplies to over 12,200 on an every other year basis.
Our objective with this project is to make pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners available to over 4,000 primary school children in four impoverished schools annually rather than every other year. The cost to acquire the pens, pencils and sharpeners for 4,000 school children is $830, or 21 cents per student. The cost to transport them is another $200. The cost is low because the supplies are hand-carried to Tanzania by our volunteers.