Tanzania Development Support’s mission is to support community-identified educational improvements for youth, especially girls, in the Mara region as a way to escape poverty.
Communities in the Mara region support education as a way to overcome poverty and improve quality of life.
Although it has roughly the same number of people as the combined populations of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (41 million), Tanzania’s GDP is only $20.72 billion, about the same as 440,000 Americans. Tanzanians are moving to urban areas at four times the rate as Americans, however 75% still live in rural areas with limited access to education, health care, and economic opportunities. Half of the nation’s income comes from agriculture, which is limited by poor infrastructure and little access to markets and technology. The number of Tanzanians living on less than $1 a day is 12.7 million. Forty percent of Tanzanians are under the age of 15. The HIV infection rate is ten-times that of the U.S. and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is 1.4 million, more than the entire state of Maine. (Sources: CIA World Factbook 2009, Global Footprint Network Footprint Factbook Africa 2009)
We have not chosen to devote ourselves and our resources to Tanzania simply because it is one of the poorest countries in the world, but because we recognize an opportunity. It is the strong connections we have developed and continue to develop that makes change possible. Our friends and partners in Tanzania are committed to the development of their own communities for the better, and we choose to support them.
TDS maintains and develops important strategic partnerships and encourages productive collaboration. Our past and present strategic partners include:
DeKalb County Homemaker’s Education Association
Nyegina Secondary School Board