Our project village is located in Igoma, near the city of Mwanza,
on the southern shore of Lake Victoria.
Unemployment is rampant in the area and despite these people being the most enterprising, ambitious people we have met on our travels, there are just not enough jobs to go around. AIDS has also taken its toll in the area and many families are left to take in the orphaned children of their relatives. This makes for large, extended families and often grandmothers left to care for grandchildren alone. Sadly, older girls often must turn to “undesirable employment” options, just to put food on their family’s table. Children must beg, sell coal, groundnuts, and maize on the streets, to bring in some food for themselves and siblings.
Going to school not only gets these children off the streets, but provides the best, long-term solution out of this cycle of poverty. It is the parents’ dream to give their children an education, to be able to rise above the situation they are living in.
If you think you could help, please email one of our sponsorship coordinators, or contact our head office.
Tara Bailey – tara [Email address: tara #AT# elephantthoughts.com - replace #AT# with @ ]