Maria is a young mother living in a small village in northern Tanzania; a region affected by long-term food and water insecurity.
For years, Maria struggled to earn an income and provide enough food to feed her family. Unable to read, write or count, her opportunities to make a living were limited. Her small farm often produced poor harvests due to water scarcity, and Maria was forced to travel long distances to collect water.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Maria was able to join the A+ program and participate in training about sustainable farming, literacy and numeracy, gender awareness, hygiene and sanitation.
With her newfound knowledge and skills, Maria is now able to produce enough food to feed her family, earn a sustainable income, and has even become a leader in her community.
When you support a mother like Maria, it has the power to not only uplift her family, but her entire community. This Christmas, give the gift that keeps on giving for generations to come.
Along with your generous support, this program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
If children do not attend school, their employment opportunities down the track become severely limited. Adults without an education often lack the confidence and skills they need to earn a sufficient income. Your gift can help people like Maria to enrol in literacy and numeracy classes so they can break the cycle of poverty.
World hunger is currently on the rise, with between 118 and 161 million more people facing hunger this past year. Food insecurity and hunger increase people’s vulnerability to disease, malnutrition and poverty. Your donation can help vulnerable families like Maria's to put food back on their table.
Around the world, over 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. Clean water, hygiene and sanitation are essential to life, livelihoods and a community's development. Your charitable gift can help give families like Maria's improved access to clean water.
"Caritas Australia’s program has had a very positive impact on my life. Now, I am feeling proud because my community respects me. It is a good lesson that anything is possible when you put some effort in.”
people in the world suffer from hunger
people globally do not have access to clean drinking water
adults around the world are illiterate, most of whom are women