Tanzanian Children's Miracle Fund
IT’S THE MOST UNUSUAL YEAR OF OUR TIME
It’s the Most Unusual Year of Our Time,
With Zoom meetings ringing, social distancing scheming, and mask wearing all over town,
It’s the Most Unusual Year of Our Time.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a play on words from Andy Williams’ famous 1963 Christmas hit seems appropriate. 2020 has indeed been a year unlike any we have ever experienced. As difficult as this year has been for us in the developed world, those in the third world have suffered even more.
While “officially” Tanzania has had relatively few cases, the average citizen there has experienced all the supply chain disruptions and related price increases seen worldwide. This brings us to the small non-profit orphanage many of us have been supporting for the last several years. The retired teacher continues to provide a refuge for around two dozen younger children. She lost her husband this last year and continues to see her orphaned children reaching the age where they must either drop out of school or pay fees to attend secondary school.
The children at the orphanage have suffered from reduced food and other supplies. In addition, the children face the same fears and uncertainty that children all over the world have faced during this pandemic. Even in the midst of all of the illness and deaths nationwide, we here in the United States have managed to retain most of the basic needs of life. In many ways, most of us have been truly blessed during this difficult time. So, even if we will see changes in the way we celebrate the holidays this year, we still have much to be thankful for.
Please consider once again this year sharing just a little out of our abundance with those who have so little. Your tax-deductible donation to the Tanzanian Children’s Miracle Fund will help make a difficult everyday life just a little easier. Your gift can help make this “most unusual year of our time” a little brighter for a group of children that depend on folks like us just to get through the year.
Thank you for your consideration and best wishes to you and your family. May you experience a special Christmas during this most unusual year!
This story begins with my wife and I celebrating our 40th anniversary with a “once in a lifetime trip”, an African wildlife safari. Our travel took us to Tanzania to see the incredible wildlife on the plains of the Serengeti. We went with the intent to see nature’s beauty, but returned with a greater understanding of humanity’s beauty. We were amazed by the grace and dignity of the Tanzanian people.
Tanzania lacks the ability to provide the social safety networks found in the developed world. However, individual citizens step up to fill that gap as best they can. We saw this first hand when we visited a small privately owned orphanage outside the city of Arusha.
The orphanage was founded by a retired school teacher named Angela who could not bear to see homeless children, digging through garbage for food and sleeping in doorways. She took these children in and has been giving them food, clothing and shelter. As the number of children increased, she took steps to become officially licensed as a non-profit orphanage and continued to add children in need. What she lacked in finances she made up for in love and hard work.
Her story is not unique, it is common-place throughout this nation. Tanzania is a tribal nation with more than 120 tribes, both Muslim and Christian, live in peace and share a common pride in their county. They are extremely friendly and exhibit happiness in spite of the fact that they lack many of western society’s basic necessities.
The orphanage we visited, like most small non-government non-profit organizations, lacks the ability to draw the attention and funding from major international relief agencies. What we learned is that a little can go a long way in Tanzania. For over a year, we have been supporting this local orphanage with a $200 per month donation, which helps provide all of the staple food products to feed the orphanage’s children.
This was the beginning of The Tanzania Children’s Miracle Fund. It is dedicated to the concept that while we cannot save the world, we can make the world a better place, one child at a time. Just a small portion of our excess can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child in a country like Tanzania.
The Tanzania Children’s Miracle Fund is attempting to provide funding to help meet orphaned children’s basic needs for shelter, food, clothing, medical, and educational expenses.
To meet this objective, we need your help. Please consider either a special donation or a reoccurring monthly contribution to help make the world a better place, one child at a time. Just $30 dollars a month will help feed a child. Your special donation of $25, $50, $100 or more will help provide clothing, medical care, and support hiring workers to properly care for the children. While none of us can do everything that is needed, together we can do something, and change a life. Thank you for your support.
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