Although deafness is of all time and of all countries, its consequences can differ widely.

Whereas in Holland a deaf person can lead a normal and happy life, this is not the case in Tanzania where the deaf are often disowned by their own people and live in difficult and trying circumstances.

There are comparatively more deaf people in Tanzania than in Holland: in Holland one child in one thousand is deaf, whereas in Tanzania this number is four in one thousand. This higher number is caused by failing medical care, poverty and malnutrition.

In Holland children who are deaf or whose hearing is partially impaired receive the special help they need from a very early age on and have access to a wide range of facilities. In Tanzania fewer than 5% of the deaf children have access to special facilities.

Tanzatoto was founded to improve living conditions of deaf children in Tanzania and ensure that they can look forward to a dignified future.