Supporting Girls in Tanzania

I am here in Tanzania on a mission to support girls through sharing of skills and knowledge on girl child empowerment model – a success program in Zimbabwe which I started in 1998 with a group of students culminating in the world awarded Girl Child Network for innovation and effectiveness as grassroots response to girls challenges

This is day 2 for and I have met with some statistics which I feel will be interesting to everyone trying to help out .If Tanzania knows all facts and figures then planning interventions is easy

Here we go

There is a population of about 40 million

  • 22.2 million are under 18 years as children
  • 8.1 m children are under five
  • 8 million children live in poverty
  • 1.8 million babies born every year
  • 1 in 4 girls under 18 have begun child bearing
  • 445 children under 5 years die daily
  • 140 babies die every day and they are less than a month
  • 25 pregnant women die every day
  • over 2.5 million children chronically malnourished
  • 43 000 deaths of malnourished children expected to die in 2010
  • 8000 girls drop out of school due to pregnancy every year
  • 3 in 5 schools with no on site water supply
  • 9 in 10 children in rural areas not enrolled in secondary school
  • 18 in 100 children under 18 lost one or both parents
  • Over 90% children under five who do not have a birth certificate

When I reflected on this I thought it is great that Tanzania has all these numbers and statistics without the story do not make much sense.Imagine if we are to get real images of each child in poverty ,8 million of them in one country -they would fill up the whole space .It means in Africa we have to work on poverty alleviation programs and ensure governments and donors prioritise these areas and intervene because just a face of 1 child starving should worry us

Another thing that worries me is the number of girls dropping out of school .If this is not attended to this means we will be with no women in Africa

Now when we know like this one question is what does it take to end poverty in Africa