Igoma is a small town in the country of Tanzania which is located in East Africa. Here are a few statistics and facts about Igoma:
Average household income:
Unemployment rate:Social services:
$300 / year (primarily work in agriculture)
Each school has approximately 2,000 students, with as many as 100 – 120 students per class. Classes often have dirt floors and 3 – 4 students share a single desk. One quarter of all students have to sit on the floor. Children are required to wear a uniform ($10 cost). Without funds and a uniform they can not attend.
SIP’s goal is to encourage local Stouffville schools to participate by being pen pals or providing financial assistance for uniforms and sports equipment.
Secondary education is virtually impossible due to costs. It is estimated that less than 20% of primary school children will attend secondary shool.
One medical clinic is available – built and operated by SIP. It is operational 24 hours a day and recently built on the property is a mother child facility whereby mothers can receive proper care, support and education regarding their new born babies.
The biggest killer in Africa is Malaria. An estimated 3,000 children die daily with over half under the age of five. SIP can save lives by buying and hanging $6.00 mosquito nets! Since 2003, SIP has purchased and hung approximately 500 mosquito nets per year.
Igoma’s water is pumped in from Lake Victoria at two stations at the outskirts of town. The supply is sporadic and unclean.
A water purification system (sand & stone filter system) has been installed in the clinic. SIP is investigating a system to serve the residents.
How SIP is Helping
SIP has been taking on projects in Igoma since 2003. Most recently, SIP has adopted the I-CARE program which provides support for families in the realm of both health care and education. Read more about I CARE here