In Tanzania, more than half the population lives below the poverty line. Although health care is free to people aged over 60, many older people in rural areas cannot prove they are older than 60 because they lack identity cards. This means they are refused treatment in health clinics and hospitals. Most older people cannot afford to send their grandchildren to school. Although education is free, families do have to pay for school materials and uniforms.
Our local partners will work with the local District Council's Medical Officer to prepare and supply identity cards to 4,800 eligible older people. Uniforms, text books, shoes and exercise books will be provided to 130 primary school age children.
By ensuring that older people have access to free health care and that children can go to school, this project will help grandparents continue looking after orphans and vulnerable children, helping them to break out of the poverty cycle.