I had wanted to go to Tanzania because I hoped to be able to make a difference, however small it may be, for the children and help make them feel happier and safer.
Recently, in the Tanzania ECA, we read about an interview with a 10 year-old girl named Zainab Salehe Abu and I realized that there was such a difference between my life and hers. For instance, we barely even have to worry about going to a good school and being provided with the supplies, whereas her school has a very scarce amount of supplies, thus her having to share her supplies with quite a large amount of people and getting distracted from learning, as seen in the interview “There aren't enough books, we share one book between five, which isn't very good, because we spend most of our time fighting over them.”
We also learnt from the interview that even though many groups and programs have visited Tanzania and improved many areas, the locals are still having trouble finding healthcare since the government doesn't provide them free services, there is a huge struggle of being able to find medications for the ill and Zainab tells us how many die because of it: “if you don’t have money you’ll die if you get sick.”
However, while their conditions may seem poorly, they have no trouble being happy with what little they have. We talked to Miss Reen about their last Tanzania visited and she told us that even though the children didn't have as good of a house or meals, they were always laughing and smiling. The children also have many dreams about their future and are always cheerful to talk about what they want to do, Zainab - for example - wants to become “a teacher so that I can help all the kids who don’t have the opportunity to go to school and get an education.” We can see that they all have very kind hearts and haven't let anything bring them down; they are always aiming to help and provide to others who need them.
This year the Tanzania ECA is aiming for each person to raise 3000 RMB. So far, many groups have done bake sales during school breaks and lunchtimes, nearly raising to a total of 2500 RMB per group. We also have been preparing many fundraising activities for pupils to participate in, such as the Photo Scavenger Hunt and BISS Has Got Talent. We hope to reach our goal by November so when we go to Tanzania we are able to provide the things they need and accomplish our building of goat sheds, classrooms, fences, etc. Thank you all for supporting the sales and activities we have done lately, we wish you lots of fun in the upcoming events!
Helena Wang , Year 8 Student