With its vast forests, tropical blue beaches, and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is often regarded as the most beautiful nation in East Africa. Faraja Primary School is located in northern Tanzania, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, just outside the town of Sanya Juu. Within a few hundred miles is the “Cradle of Civilization,” the Olduvai Gorge; the vast plains of the Serengeti; and the popular safari destination of Ngorongoro Crater.
However, despite this beauty, rich history, and increase in international tourism, the nation’s citizens are among the poorest in the world, with over 60% of the population living in hunger and poverty. Meanwhile, there are 4.2 million Tanzanians living with a disability, many of them children. Over half of these children do not attend any form of school due to their limitations. This forces these young children into a life without literacy and without career opportunities. That is why Faraja was founded: to provide opportunity and hope to Tanzania’s impoverished children with physical disabilities, encouraging them to reach as high as Mount Kilimanjaro itself.