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“Who will feed us?” wonder hungry minds in hungry bodies. The impoverished children of Tanzania yearn for answers, as they do in many other parts of the world. Tanzania’s economy ranks among the world’s poorest. Almost half of the population is younger than fifteen. Public schools are so underfunded that they charge tuition. There are few books. Some teachers are so poor that they leave during their lessons to help their own families raise enough food. Most public primary schools offer instruction only in Swahili, although children need English to advance beyond the 8th grade. Orphans cannot provide enough food for themselves, much less afford tuition.

They are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
With your help
they can be free.

Please join us in Make A Difference to provide some of the world’s poorest children with the education, housing, and food that they need to succeed. We can offer all of this for a small fraction of what it would cost in the U.S. We further maximize our impact by sponsoring highly motivated students, empowering these Make A Difference Scholars to build up their communities for future generations.

When Mwenda and Subirah were young, they both lost their parents. Their grandparents orphanages helped them stay alive but lacked the resources for them to thrive or even have much hope for the future. Today, they’re Make A Difference scholars.  Mwenda just finished secondary school and  He now dreams of becoming a lawyer or a good politician and Subirah is now into her second year of medical school and wants to become a doctor. . She dreams of becoming an engineer.

Because of the support of people like you,
their dreams have become attainable goals.

Make A Difference Scholars like Mwenda and Subirah with a passion to help their countries, will be able to one day take leading roles in government, business, medicine, education, and other fields so that their communities can flourish. Many agencies promote children’s welfare in the developing world.

What sets us apart are the practical steps we take to
maximize our long-term impact and
minimize others’ ongoing dependence on us.

Because of our work, children who would otherwise be without support now have access to:

  • education at the best local private schools in their regions, where they receive instruction in English but still learn their local languages
  • accommodations at their schools and three meals a day
  • leadership training, so that they will be equipped to build up their own communities
  • private tutoring to ensure their academic success
  • sports therapy programs, where they can develop life and leadership skills in tangible ways
  • books, uniforms, and school supplies

Our work has extended from Tanzania into neighboring Zambia and into war-torn Syria. We desire to expand our work even further to reach the children who need us most in other locations. Even as we grow, our mission remains the same. By equipping Make A Difference Scholars with the resources they need without creating dependence, we work towards a world that no longer needs organisations like ours. The bigger a difference we make now, the sooner that will be.

Be a sponsor. Sponsorships make the most impact because they show Make A Difference Scholars that they can depend on you during this critical period of their lives. You can pay for one child’s tuition, room, and board for a year for $2000. Our Make A Difference Scholars are grateful for the opportunities that their sponsors make possible and, as a full sponsor, you can look forward to hearing from them. Partial sponsorships are also available for smaller increments. Regardless of the level of your commitment, you can be confident that your gifts are making a difference where it matters most. Make A Difference received a Top-Rated 2017 Nonprofit designation from Great-Nonprofits and a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

Join us on one-of-a-kind Service Expeditions. These combine travel to distant destinations with fundraising in the months leading up to your trip, often with an on-site service component. Hike the Italian Alps. Scale Machu Picchu. Ascend to Mount Everest’s base camp before entering the ancient monasteries around Kathmandu. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and go on safari. Explore the remote mountains and lake country of Patagonia. If you can coach others in making strategic decisions, help teach chess or run a business workshop in Tanzania.

If you have a more flexible schedule, immerse yourself in Tanzanian culture and volunteer with us for a week, a few months, or even a few years. Some U.S. college students are able to earn academic credit for such service, pending approval from their schools prior to departure.

In whatever ways you can, please join us in making a difference. You are the answer.

Why Help Tanzania

TanzaniaTanzania’s economy ranks among the world’s bottom 10 percent. Children between 0 and 14 years old make up over 40 percent of Tanzania’s citizenship. High risk of disease coupled with poverty results in low life expectancy and high infant mortality, 66.93 deaths/1000 live births. Only 35% of Tanzanian children attend school through the equivalent of 8th grade. Remarkably, around 75% of the children who complete the government’s primary school program cannot continue their education due to a language barrier. Primary schools are taught in the national language of Swahili but all secondary school entrance exams are in English. MAD realizes that the future of Tanzania depends upon the education of its children. MAD enables children to attend schools with English instruction and academic standards, so students pass their exams, continue to secondary school, and later have higher level training and university opportunities.
Read about our programs in Tanzania

Why We Are Different

  • We send the children we help to the best local private English (all classes are taught in English, but they also get to learn their local language as well) medium schools in their regions.
    The children receive accommodation and meals at the schools.
  • We provide private tutoring
  • We offer sports therapy programs.
  • We pay for books, uniforms and all school supplies needed for the children to succeed at school.

What We Believe

  • We believe that by investing in quality education we can break the cycle of poverty and sickness that is present in the world today and furthermore better the economy by making sure students have the job skill set they need to get well paying secure jobs. 
  • We believe in rewarding children for honesty, hard work and improvement.
  • We believe in operating an organization that is fiscally responsible and continually shows where donated money is spent.

     

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How We’re Funded

MAD is primarily funded through the support of private donations. We also raise funds through small fund raisers, grants, and foundations. 100% of every dollar you donate to MAD specifying “sponsorship” goes to the children. The administrative costs for MAD are only 10%. Our staff receives local salaries not international. Our focus is on children, not administration; these costs are minimal. We are incredibly thankful for the support that has enabled us to do the work that has touched the children we help.

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How You Can Get Involved

Our wish is to obtain five educational sponsors per child so that we can send the children all the way through college. We want the children to get the best education possible so that they may get careers and later help out the communities they’ve come from.

To sponsor one of our children the cost ranges from $400 to $2,000 USD.
The cost is $400 USD a year to be a partial sponsor and $2,000 USD a year to be a full sponsor.

In India we are working on expanding the school that we support in Mysore. We have a goal of raising $30,000 USD so that more children get the chance to study.

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