Green Hope program coordinator Emmanuel Makongoro joined the SaskTel team last week, speaking first with Eston Composite School students Wednesday afternoon and then again to around 90 residents inside the community complex mezzanine later that night, about how they could be involved.
explained that mosquito nets, much-needed in Tanzania to help prevent the spread of malaria, cost in the ballpark of $10 each.
School desks cost approximately $30.
also coordinates sponsorship programs in which orphans can have their education and health care costs covered for the price of $35 per month.
"We're still struggling to get to the point where we can provide for basic needs to our people," Makongoro
Speaking to students early Wednesday afternoon, Makongoro
explained that at least ten percent of Tanzania's population are children at risk.
was warm and encouraging as he
invited children to the front of the auditorium to answer his
After telling them that he
did not own a pair of shoes until he
was seven years old, one student responded that she
was not wearing shoes
either, but did have socks.
"Oh, that's lovely to hear," he
Makongoro's visit to Saskatchewan marks his
first overseas trip, as SaskTel
felt it was important for him to be able to speak in person
about the impact of humanitarian projects in his
came on SaskTel
's radar when the Crown Corporation
and students from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon cooperated in sending a container to Arusha, Tanzania.
"We are trying to reduce the misery that other people are facing far away from here," he
Most orphans are being cared for by grandparents, since the death rate from HIV-related illness is very high and often claims the lives of many parents.
showed pictures of various orphaned children who are being cared for through donations to Green Hope