Campaign 2021: Building our future together
With our 2021 campaign, which runs from 26 September to 10 December 2021, we are focusing on our education work in Tanzania and Switzerland. Together with our Tanzanian partner churches, we are providing access to education for vulnerable children and young people. We offer young people in Switzerland insights into global connections and motivate them to act in solidarity. We shed light on the importance of education in the global South as well as in Switzerland. For peaceful, inclusive and just societies, education for all and encounters at eye level are needed.
With your support and together with our local partner organisations, as many vulnerable children in Tanzania as possible should have access to education, healthy nutrition and medical care. Children and their foster families also receive psychosocial support.
About the campaign
Access to education for vulnerable children in Tanzania and raising awareness in Switzerland
With this campaign, we particularly want to support vulnerable children in Tanzania by financing school materials and school uniforms so that they can attend classes and receive an education. More than one million children grow up without parents due to HIV and AIDS. These orphans are among the most vulnerable members of Tanzanian society. They are often marginalised and rarely able to attend secondary schools. With our education programme in Switzerland on "Globalisation and Society", we try to promote understanding of global contexts as well as intercultural exchange. In this way we are building our future together.
More than one million children in Tanzania grow up without parents due to HIV and AIDS.
Orphans are among the most vulnerable members of Tanzanian society. Over one million children grow up without parents due to HIV and AIDS. They are often marginalised and rarely able to attend secondary schools. Children from poverty-stricken families also hardly have a chance to get an education. The lack of schooling is only one problem. Orphans often suffer from malnutrition and poor medical care. Many children are also traumatised by the death of a parent.
Irene, 16 years oldProject beneficiary
My mother collected firewood all day and sold it so I could go to school. We went to bed hungry every night.
Furaha, 30 years oldformer beneficiary
The project staff took care of us and also gave us the love we lacked.
"Without the Nsalaga Centre I would not be where I am today", says Irene, 16 years old. Her parents are separated and she lives with her grandmother in precarious circumstances. "My mother used to collect firewood all day so I could go to school," she says. It was not enough for more. "We went to bed hungry every night."
Since Irene has been supported by the Moravian Church project and by Mission 21, she is doing better. School uniforms and school materials are now provided and she receives support in education. "Without the project, I probably wouldn't have been able to go to school," she says. Now education is important to her - because it gives her a perspective.
At the Nsalaga Centre, Irene also gets to know people who experienced similar difficulties and are now role models. Furaha, for example. He lost his parents when he was eight years old. With the help of the project, he was able to train as a mechanic and now has his own shop.
Stories like these give courage. The Nsalaga Centre provides vulnerable children with education and support in a difficult everyday life.