Helping children in Tanzania
In March 2015 one of the 4myschools team Simone Payne made a trip to CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania) hospital in Tanzania to deliver educational resources donated by schools, teachers and colleagues to help disabled children in desperate need.
Simone took suitcases full of stationary and visual learning aids to help some of the most vulnerable children in Tanzania who on the whole are unable to attend school due to their disabilities.
Primary education is free in Tanzania from the age of 7 to 14 years, however, if you are disabled it is extremely difficult to access education and there are very few specialist trained teachers.
The donations were given directly to children and their families at the hospital and to a deaf unit who are funded by CCBRT at a primary school in Dar.
CCBRT give these deaf children an opportunity to receive an education which they would normally not have. 4myschools took visual aids including maps and inflatable globes and colour pencils to make learning easier.
4myschools believe every child has the right to receive an education and we are trying to find a way of working together with CCBRT to help the disabled children in Dar es Salaam.
CCBRT treat many disabilities such as cleft lip, club foot and also help fund community programmes to help deaf children attend school to name just a few. In 2013, CCBRT conducted or facilitated over 11,000 life changing surgeries and have now completed one million cleft surgeries.
The difference cleft surgery can make is massive and can propel a child out of poverty and enable them to receive an education.
Many children born with a cleft lip and pallet struggle with eating, and are isolated by society and are typically unable to attend school.
As with a child born with a club foot, they will never walk and play like other children and will not attend school. They are inevitably mistreated by others and spend their life begging on the streets of Dar es Salam Tanzania.
Children that are born deaf face a life of little communication, isolation, never attend school and are faced with a life of poverty too.
Cleft lip and club foot are both treatable and rarely seen in the UK, deaf children are helped from birth and the UK has specialist teachers and schools to give them every opportunity to succeed.
CCBRT organised a daily schedule so that we could witness the daily struggle these children face at the hospital and outreach programmes in Dar es Salam and at their rural clinic in Moshi.
Giving the donations to the children in the deaf unit was incredibly rewarding.
Simone felt privileged to have spent a week with the wonderful staff at CCBRT and thankful to the schools, teachers and colleagues who supported 4myschools to bring so many smiles that week and for a long time in the future.