Living in a country where poverty outgrows the minority, I have always strongly and passionately wanted to give back something to the community. A strong and passionate belief to provide to children what I was lucky to have, a family, education, a roof over my head and a plate of food. Fulfilling a dream and a true passion, I am volunteering for at the Venance Care Foundation based in Arusha, Tanzania. I am aiming to raise awareness of the organization, as well as create this fundraising page to be able to help a special person I have met at this placement - Venance Mark Shayo.
The Venance Care Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) which was founded by Venance himself in March 2014. Facing several hardships in his life due to a serious accident, serious head injuries after falling from a tree had him hospitalized and resulted in a coma of more than 4 weeks. After intensive medical treatment over a span of 6 months he had to regain his ability to walk and speak by attending regular physiotherapy and speech lessons. Despite his struggles to regain his memory and the ability to walk and talk, he managed to complete his education and obtained an Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management. He shows everyday that despite his disability it's possible to live a normal life and even help others in the process. Venance developed a passion to climb the highest mountain in Africa in 2013. To create awareness and show other disabled people that there is no limit if one is determined to do it, he climbed the Kilimanjaro with only one week of training. Despite of his health condition and partial paralysis, Venance reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, 19,341 ft twice, raising funds to support his foundation and provide the necessary to the children.
Venance always dreamt of helping children from difficult backgrounds or children with disabilities. Children from poor families are often not able to attend school due to school fees the parents can not pay for. Children with disabilities face stigmatization and rarely get the support they need. The Venance Care Foundation follows its mission to assist children living in difficult or poor environments, children who suffer from HIV as well as disabled children.
Through this process, the smallest contribution to give to these children makes the biggest difference to their lives. With the funds that will be raised, we will be building an additional classroom with toilet facilities and initiate a drilling water program for Venance’s long term project of expanding the foundation.
You can find more information on the foundation at: https://venancecarefoundation.jimdo.com/
Cause every little helps.
‘There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return’ - Nelson Mandela