Home to over 120 ethnic groups, Tanzania is brimming with age-old culture, religious diversity, and traditions. Tanzanians are friendly, family oriented, and share a strong sense of national pride. The country has made great strides in driving economic and social development, but there is still plenty of work needed to be done. The main obstacles Tanzania continues to be facing have a lot to do with poverty and gender inequality.
1.6 million Tanzanians are currently living with HIV. HIV prevalence is 2% higher in women compared to men, and nearly a fifth of all new HIV infections are from mother-to-child transmission. The stigma against those living with HIV is the biggest barrier Tanzanians face in HIV prevention efforts.
As dedicated agents of change in our community, Lifted Strong Community Organization (LISCO) actively seeks to educate, mentor, and counsel vulnerable women, children, and elderly in Arusha and the surrounding rural villages.
OUR KEY PROGRAMME AREAS
LISCO provides medical care and education to families that have limited to no access to what is basic, but essential healthcare. Teamed up with qualified medical volunteers, we hold weekly home visits and medical outreach efforts in high-need communities in and surrounding Arusha.
LISCO hosts a structured business class curriculum that enables Mamas to work through a small business plan effectively. Once they have successfully completed the business classes, they are able to apply for a LISCO micro-finance loan to acquire the money needed to get started.
Our goal is to see the Mamas are self-sufficient, employed and leading a dignified life. We equip to support future generations, thus breaking cycles of poverty. We start this support early on in the Programme, but more specifically in the Outplacement and Social Enterprise Programmes.
Educated, Empowered and Living Free
While we at Lifted Strong do our best to support our Mamas and other vulnerable communities of Arusha; we have had a difficult time to continue doing so due to COVID-19. For this reason, we need your help. We have many programs that need to be funded including but not limited to: the reusable sanitary pad program, rent coverage, and food and medical care for our Mamas. Lifted Strong does everything in its power to aid and support the women, youth, children, and elderly in our community; any donation you can make would be much appreciated no matter how big or small. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!