Tanzania is considered to be one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking 151 out of 188 on Human Development Index 2017, extremely poor living condition in rural areas.
According to UN, 80% of the population (34 million people) lives on less than £20 a month and 34% (15 million people) lives on less than £7 a month, making it nearly impossible to purchase the most essential goods necessary to satisfy the very basic needs.
According to Water Aid Tanzania, 21.6 Million people in Tanzania don’t have access to safe water , which means half of the population living without access to water and sanitation.
Over 7,000 children in Tanzania die every year from diarrhea due to unsafe water, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene (Water-Aid Annual Report 2014).
The Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare estimates that there are 3.1 million orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania, of which only about 6% receives external support.
Coastal Regions of Tanzania
According to the Research Report “Poverty in Tanzania, Comparison Across Administrative Regions” the coastal regions in Tanzania, except for Dar Es Salaam, are the poorest and least developed with the lowest HDI.
Pangani, a very remote district in Tanga region in which Islamic Help started its work in 2012, is amongst such areas – most severely affected by extreme poverty (80% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day), malnutrition as well as limited access to safe drinking water, health care and education.
Pictures From Our Work in Rural Tanga
Cost Effectiveness- Value for Money
We are accountable to God for each penny we are entrusted to spend on the needy and poor and public at large. Public increasingly want a deeper and more meaningful engagement with the charities they support. The emphasis is on impact – seeing measurable results from their contributions.
We have worked very hard over past few years to improve our administrative processes to ensure that donors’ funds are spent effectively and transparently and our donors receive regular informative updates about how and where Islamic Help spends the money entrusted to us, some of our USPs are as follow.
Islamic Help Tanzania delivers projects that are of the greatest value to those to whom the organisation is ultimately held accountable, for example, poor and marginalized people. IHT finds an appropriate balance across economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
IHT Ensures appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for programmes and compares the expenditure and efficiency of different methods of achieving similar outputs. IHT also calculates cost per beneficiary for a service.
IHT hires skilled volunteers from all across the world who bring in valuable experiences at nominal stipends. The skills gap is filled through knowledge transfer by regular trainings.
IHT uses motor bikes instead of luxury vehicles for field purposes across our field offices. IHT also avoids luxury hotel accommodations and expat staff stay within office premises to slice down the administration cost and that is why the indirect project’s cost are always less then or around 12%.