The Hearts for Africa Foundation is a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term, intergenerational change in living standards for local communities in Tanzania, East Africa. We believe that quality education, access to fresh water, good nutrition and healthcare should not only be available, but are the fundamental and critical building blocks of any developing society. Our heart is to support, partner with, and empower the people of the Makang’wa Village and surrounding Dodoma region as they learn the necessary work and life skills to implement lasting solutions for future generations.
The United Republic of Tanzania, as it is officially known, is the largest country in East Africa and one of the continent’s most politically stable. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and Serengeti National Park, as well as Olduvai Gorge, a rich archaeological site often called “the cradle of civilization.”
However, Tanzania remains a poor country, with a majority of the population struggling as subsistence farmers on semi-arid land. Moreover, the country currently struggles to host some 200,000 refugees from neighboring Burundi. Children represent 51% of Tanzania’s population. But only 16% of children are currently registered at birth, according to the latest Tanzania surveys. And that percentage is even lower in rural areas, making it harder to identify and help children in need.
689 million people live in extreme poverty.
Children and youth account for two-thirds of the world’s poor, and women represent a majority in most regions.
Extreme poverty is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. About 40% of the region’s people live on less than $1.90 a day.
Although countries impacted by fragility, crises, and violence are home to about 10% of the world’s population, they account for more than 40% of people living in extreme poverty.
1.3 billion people in 107 developing countries, which account for 22% of the world’s population, live in multidimensional poverty.
About 70% of people older than 15 who live in extreme poverty have no schooling or only some basic education.
644 million children are experiencing multidimensional poverty.
By 2030, an estimated 67% of the world’s poor will live in fragile contexts.
While the full impact of COVID-19 is unknown, it is estimated that an additional 150 million people will fall into extreme poverty in 2021.
Facts & statistics in table & above courtesy of www.worldbank.org/en/publication/poverty-and-shared-prosperity
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