The Story behind Project Help Orphans
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.
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
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.)
Source: CIA / The World Factbook