According to the annual report of Unicef 2016, 74% of the children in Tanzania live in poverty. Orphaned children, family dis-integration, and poverty are reasons for not attending school. NIHEP noted in 2011 a high level of children not attending school in Butimba area in Mwanza and that is how it all started. Our common primary aim is to reduce this number and support children to school and the activities are now extended to include the Lwanhima area. Governmental Primary education is free of charge but many parents/guardians cannot afford to buy the required school supplies. NIHEP registers children who are not attending school and the school supplies are handed out to the invited children and parents in the local administration office. NIHEP is also doing follow-ups, checking the need of tuition, and connecting teachers and parents. Simultaneously with distribution of school support, awareness is raised in the community on the importance of education.
With the support of Mwembe sponsors and SKKB Netherlands, NIHEP has enrolled 300 children to school since the start 2011.