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Joey & Nicole

Hi, we are Joey & Nicole (for those of you who do not know us yet). Just two normal people who have been blessed with a wonderful life and relationship and want to help others in need. Read more about our upcoming trip.

Why Tanzania?


Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Beside struggling with a infectious diseases, such as Malaria and AIDS/HIV, it has one of the highest proportion of orphans in the world.

More than half (56%) of the entire world's maternal deaths happen in sub-saharan Africa. The maternal mortality rate in Tanzania is among the highest in the world with 1 in 38 children, thus leading to the higher number of orphaned babies, who are rarely taken in by orphanages due to the high cost and effort required to raise a baby (in comparison to a young child or teen). In comparison to portray the severity of the situation, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is 1 in 4,700.

Orphans, Children (aged 0-17) orphaned by AIDS, 2009, estimate: 1,300,000

Orphans, Children (aged 0-17) orphaned due to all causes, 2009, estimate: 3,000,000

3 Million children of whom most live on the streets until some orphanage takes them in to give  them a chance, if ever.

3 Million children who may never get a chance to get education, to have access to medication in case of disease, don't get enough to drink or eat, and who don't get the love they deserve!

 Source: Who, UNICEF, UNFPA



Facts & Info about Tanzania

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Population: 48,261,942 (July 2013 est.)

Languages: English & Swahili

Under-5 mortality rate: 118/1,000

In comparison in U.S.:      8/1,000

GDP per capita: $1,700 (2012 est.) Country comparison/world: 199 out of 229

In comparison to the U.S. GDP per capita: $49,800(2012 estimate)

Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.4 million (2009 estimate)

Percentage of population living below $1 a day: 58% (1995-2005 study)

Drinking water source unimproved:

urban: 21% of population

rural: 56% of population

total: 47% of population (2010 est.)

Sanitation facility access unimproved

urban: 80% of population

rural: 93% of population

total: 90% of population (2010 est.)