For the 2014 school year, we have collected school supplies for the 1,284 students attending the Mwangaza primary school in Arusha, Tanzania. This school receives limited government support and most of the families who send their children to Mwangaza are very poor, surviving on less than $2 a day per family member. These families have just enough money to pay for their children’s uniforms; they do not have enough to pay for school books and supplies, too.
We have the school supplies for these children. They have been generously donated by our more than 130 volunteers and supporters. What we do not have is the funding to pay the transportation costs to get the school supplies to the children. We have until January of 2014 to raise the funds we need. The cost of transporting them is 47 cents per child. The total cost we need to get the supplies to Tanzania, and into the hands of the 1,284 Mwangaza children, is $600.