so. what did you spend $30 bucks on this month? here are some comments from friends….
- 1 pair of shoes on sale
- 1 dinner out for two at a moderately priced cafe
- 4-5 starbucks coffees
- 1 ‘oops bought a few things i didn’t plan on’ trip to walgreens
- movie tickets only at the cinema for two adults and one child
- maybe 1-2 cosmetic items at ulta depending on the brand
- a top or two at a discount fashion shop
- 3 paperback books (new)
- a hair cut (no color or other services)
- 1/2 tank of gas
i am sure that this list could be expanded with your own ideas. the point is that it doesn’t go very far. and often we spend $30 in a month on things that aren’t ….. critical. important. necessary. in fact, these days $30 is ALMOST nothing.
for comparison, here’s how far $30 goes at The Brilliant Pre-Primary School in Tanzania.
- 2 sets of uniforms for a child
- 1/3 of a monthly salary for a teacher
- meals for 3 children for one month
- 3 months of medical expenses for children that get sick while at school
- 1 month education sponsorship for one child (if all 140 children are sponsored for one year, their meals, teachers, medical, expenses, uniforms, etc are COVERED!)
children so WANT to be in school. partially because it is where they receive food (which their families might not be able to afford otherwise) and because they WANT to learn. education is the path out of generational poverty. we are but planting seeds with these kiddos because they have many years of education and growing to come. but if we don’t start nothing will change. their parents battle the need to have their children at home (to care for younger children, to fetch water, to herd livestock) but like ALL OF US, tanzanian parents also want life to be better for their children. problem is that at average income of $1/day they cannot afford to send their children to school. or eat regularly.
right now, there are 140 registered students. a few of those have parents which can pay. even if they ALL could pay something, it wouldn’t be enough. they are at the school because the founder, Deo, understands the power and value of education and wants to ‘pay it forward’ to these kids – because at one point in his life, someone sponsored his schooling.
140 kids. 140 americans at $30/month for one year – giving up something that is lovely and wanted but…not necessary. to change a life of a child in ushirika tanzania. that’s making a difference. leaving a legacy. and not leaving an empty coffee cup in the trash.
trust me, i have also blown through $30 without blinking, and sometimes without even a memory on what i ‘lollipopped’ it away on. my goal obviously is to raise funds, but also to raise awareness and keep us grounded in some global realities. don’t feel guilty. be conscious. and if you (or your family, class, group, etc) also capture this vision and are willing to make a small change in your life in order to make a huge change in the life of an impoverished child (many have single parents, some are orphaned), join me to be part of the Pieces of Hope Tanzania project.
no matter what amount your heart and wallet leads you to, we appreciate you. how to donate? all the information is on the right hand side of this blog page.
NOTE: please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding ANY questions regarding my personal mission expenses or the water survey funding, education sponsorships. but especially if you use the fiscal sponsor link so that i know how to allocate funds. we are working through the new fiscal sponsor relationship and so that we can ensure acknowledgement, know how to allocate funds and anticipate funding, that would be so helpful especially at this time.