In Tanzania, there is still widespread belief that children with disabilities are a sign of a curse on the family. Disabled children are often hidden away and completely excluded from community life. But it is important that these children are seen and accepted â€“ and that their parents have the courage to stand behind them.
All children receive support at the Rainbow School, no matter how severe their disabilities. They learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. Above all, they learn how to deal with daily life as independently as possible: this includes washing clothes, doing the washing up, and working in the garden. This way it becomes easier for their families to integrate their disabled children.
The government of Tanzania pays only a small portion of the costs of this project. The majority of it must come from the church, and the church depends on our support. Just 20 euros will provide enough meals to feed a schoolchild for a week. Twenty euros will cover the weekly fuel costs for the school bus. The Rainbow School project should serve even more children, so school staff drive out to the villages to give direct assistance to children where their families live.