With Tanzania's first case of coronavirus officially announced, in Arusha close to where we are based, we are working on how to keep our children and clients safe, especially those who are immunocompromised. Ventilators and similar measures are simply not available here, so prevention is our only hope. This is an emergency - we need your help to keep them safe.
First, we need to setup handwashing stations at our children's village, daycare, and in the community, as well as to fund education from our nurse educator on proper hygiene and disease prevention. Tanzania is also already entering a shortage of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs, which are the main medication used by our HIV+ children and clients.
We also frequently run out of water here in our village, and there has never been a worse time for us to be unable to wash our hands. Therefore, we are working to add at least an additional 25,000 liters of capacity to our water system, along with rainwater collection to keep it full. An interim 25,000 liter system will cost $3,900 while a permanent 100,000 liter one will cost $9,000.
Together, we need to raise at least $5,250 immediately to fund education, ARV medication, and water collection to keep our children and community safe. With $11,000, we can permanently fix our water issues. Please help us, and thank you so much for helping our amazing children and clients to stay safe in this scary time!