Over 1,000,000 children will finish grade school in Tanzania this year. Unfortunately, only 200,000 of them will have the opportunity to continue on to high school. For the other 80%, their education ends in 6th grade.
Stop and think about that for a moment.
What would happen in our country if only 4 students from every elementary classroom continued on with their education? How would that affect their lives? How would that affect our country?
The good news is, a local organization called Village Schools has been working tirelessly over the past 8 years to change this. As a result, today there are 26 additional high schools throughout the country, and currently they are working on 10 more schools.
They hope to finish building these schools this year, and when they do, they will need desks…a lot of desks…1,800 to be exact. Imagine heading into your high school, entering the classroom, and seeing nothing but the floor. What’s a classroom without desks?
That’s where you and I come in. You see, the cost of a desk is $18. Now $18 may not seem like much to you and I, and really, it’s not. We spend $18 all the time, without hardly thinking about it. 4 lattes. Night at the movies. Dinner for two. New shirt. The average internet, cable and data plans are each nearly twice that amount. $18 is very little to us; but to the average Tanzanian, $18 is nearly 3 weeks of wages.
What can you do to help? Would you be willing to give up one of your luxuries for a week? Do you have something lying around that you can sell? Can you pick up an extra hour or two of work? Each of us can do something.
Over the next 3 weeks, we challenge you to help provide at least 1 desk. 1 desk. That’s less than $1 a day. Would you be willing to do that?