FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A VULNERABLE CHILD?

A child is considered vulnerable if:

  • Orphaned by the death of one or both parents
  • Living in extreme poverty
  • Living in an unstable home
  • Malnourished due to extreme poverty
  • HIV-positive

According to the Partnership  for Child Development, all vulnerable children share a common denominator: they have no reliable social safety networks on hand to depend upon in order to adequately manage the risk to which they are daily exposed.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A VULNERABLE FAMILY?

A family is considered vulnerable if:

  • Living in extreme poverty
  • Includes orphans or children suffering from malnutrition
  • Without adequate means for income generation
  • With unstable adult leadership

WHEN YOU SPONSOR A CHILD, WHAT DO THEY GET?

  • Primary school-aged children receive uniforms, school supplies, school lunch program, after school small group tutoring, home and school monitoring and counseling. At the end of primary school these children also receive intensive preparation for the national exams for secondary school placement.
  • Secondary school-aged children receive pre-secondary school intensive English class, uniform and supplies, tuition, room, board, and home and school monitoring and counseling.

WHAT IS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL POVERTY?

  • Multidimensional Poverty is a concept that  includes deprivations in health, education and living standards in addition to income. The United Nations recently began using this measurement in ranking the development of world nations, arguing that it gives a broader picture of the proportion and intensity of each factor upon those living in poverty.  

   WHAT DOES 'PAMOJA' MEAN?

  • 'Pamoja' is a Swahili word that means "together". When a Tanzanian says "we are together"  they mean "we share understanding and appreciation for each other".
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ABOUT TANZANIA

   The United Republic of Tanzania is a coastal African country situated just south of the equator.  Although the country is rich in minerals, fossil fuels and fertile land, the AIDS epidemic has eliminated too many people in the most productive age group, 15-45, leaving children and the aged behind. The total population of Tanzania is 53.5 million people, 85% of whom live on less than $3 per day.*  Tanzanians average only 5 years of formal schooling, and 1/3 are illiterate. The Pamoja Project is meeting the challenges of multidimensional poverty through programs that support these loving and hopeful people in building a prosperous and productive future for all Tanzania, one family at a time.

            All statistics provided by the World Bank, 2016.