OUR STORY - FROM EDUCATION TO EMPOWERMENT
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in Africa and in the world, despite it being one of the countries in the world that receives the most aid, particularly from Sweden. One autumn in 2010, Help to Help’s founder Malin Cronqvist stayed in the village of Matema in the Tanzanian countryside. During her stay, Malin began to wonder if there wasn’t a fundamental problem with the way traditional aid works.
If someone is ill, we send out doctors. If someone is hungry, we send food. What would happen, if we didn’t send anything at all?
On site in Tanzania, Malin saw enormous potential in the country, but especially so in the individuals who had become her friend - young adults who passed the equivalent of upper secondary school, but who are now merely getting by with an uncertain future ahead of them. Everyone had big dreams and visions for themselves and how they wanted to change Tanzania. There was really only one problem. The vast majority of young people were bogged down in a giant obstacle - how to afford the school tuition fees for further studies at a university or another institution of higher education.
From Sweden, Malin was indignant over scandals and money swindling in the development assistance industry, something which was in her mind as they brought to light a number of times. That is when she decided to build an organization based on transparency and self-help, with long-term societal effects as the goal.
Help to Help’s acclaimed crowdfunding concept was launched in early 2014 as part of our ambition to make it easier to contribute, as well as making it a more intimate and personalized experience. So far, Help to Help has enabled education for 127 students in Tanzania and Uganda, 60 of which have graduated.
To guarantee long-term positive effects, Help to Help runs two equally important programmes:
Help to Help Scholarship Program
We provide scholarships for higher education. Twice a year, students who lack funds to finance their school fees can apply for a scholarship. We give scholarships to ambitious students with clear ideas on how they can create to societal development.
Help to Help Skills for Employment Program
We counteract unemployment among young people through specific trainings for student and fresh-graduates. We create connections between students and companies through our career network.
Skills for Employment Program