To help children rise out of poverty and become socially responsible leaders within their countries and the world.
Our Mission Statement
MAD’s mission is to provide impoverished children and youth access to quality education so that we can help end the cycle of poverty.
Imagine a world without education. Without education, the infrastructure we rely on daily wouldn’t be available. There would be no hospitals, airplanes, cars nor technology. Education shapes our world. However, many people don’t have access to education and most cannot afford the quality of education that they need in order to grow and succeed in life. In developing countries public school is often not free. One has to pay tuition as well as for their desks, books and meals. This is impossible for many children and youth, especially when they’ve lost their parents or their families make less than $100 a month. And this is why we need to make a difference now. The longer we wait, the longer poverty continues to penetrate. By helping just one child with education you can not only break the cycle of poverty in their lives but also those around them as well as their future family’s life. Once you give the gift of education what the child learns will never be taken away and they will pass the values they learn on.
Who Are Make A Difference Scholars?
MAD helps empower vulnerable children to become leaders within their countries by providing them with superior educational opportunities in spite of socio-economic setbacks and/or loss of parents and extreme challenges. MAD scholars have a compelling desire to work hard, give back to their communities, and finish advanced-level schooling, trade school or college (depending on their career aspirations). They are well rounded, resilient, and determined individuals who turn to MAD for assistance, but not dependence, to make sure that their ambitions are met.
Tanzania’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
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.Learn More