Completed Projects in 2010-2011
Lunch program- feeds 372 children each day- Meali Primary School
Rain harvesting tank/ gutter system -Endupoto Primary School
Books-Lashaine Primary School
Books-Orkeeswa Primary School
Water system -Ntulya Primary School
Medication - Ololosokwan Village Clinic
Solar Panel - Ololosokwan Primary School (girl’s dormitory)
Desks - Tumaini Primary Boarding School
2nd story Building project – Tumaini Primary Boarding School
Water system for Slinona Primary School
Eye Clinic- Endupoto Primary School
School sponsorship for 5 students
Donation - Rift Valley Children Village
Uniform sweaters –Meali Primary School
Bathrooms/showers - Endorofta School
Emergency food aid - Ololosokwan Village and Endupoto
Malaria net education and pass out - Tumaini, Endupoto and Ololosokwan Clinic
Kitchen - Endorafta School
2009 was a growth year for Children of Tanzania.
Our projects reflected this growth in scope, scale and number
Ololosokwan Primary School
Ololosokwan School, with 807 children, is in a Maasai village in a remote area bordering on the Serengeti. Partnering with another NGO working in the area, Children of Tanzania was able to build two classrooms and a much needed school kitchen, complete with cookers and utensils. During our visit we donated 45 desks and books to the very needy students. We were also able to have a major impact in helping the elderly and the disabled in the area who are suffering from malnutrition due to the severe drought in the area by providing 12 tons of maize and beans. The local clinic was given two shipments of valuable medicines and supplies. Four Maasai girls were selected to enter our student sponsorship program. Children of Tanzania is also happy to be working once again with the “star makers” a Maasai micro finance group who sell us our beaded Christmas ornaments.
Endupoto Primary School
We were able to visit the school three times during the year. On our first visit we attended the opening ceremony of our completed classroom. We dedicated 75 trees to be planted at the school site to help combat the deforestation so prevalent in the area. The villages have also been hit hard by drought and we were able to have the land surveyed for a water well to be built in 2010. On our second trip we brought backpacks and supplies to the children. It was wonderful to see the students and this school thriving. We are sad to report that we had to return unexpectedly in November to deliver maize due to the dire need for food resulting from extreme drought and famine.
Endarofta Secondary Boarding School
Endarofta is a secondary boarding school we visited this past summer. We were shocked at the conditions the 500 students were living in. The school buildings and dorms have broken windows, cracked walls and leaking rotted ceilings. The unsanitary bath and shower rooms are indescribable. The students sleep in broken beds, food is scarce and water is inadequate due to inoperable water wells and rain harvesting tanks. Children of Tanzania got busy immediately putting in 2 rain harvesting tanks and building a school kitchen. We will also be putting in bathroom/septic/shower rooms in 2010.
Tumaini Junior Boarding School
We were able to purchase books on every subject for each student as well as teacher materials to aid in teaching. Time for Kids Magazines were handed out to each grade as an adjunct to their course study on current events. During our visit we were able to spend quite a bit of time with our sponsored student whose achievements have been extraordinary.
Meali Primary School
We are entering our third year of this vital program. The students continue to receive a nutrious lunch each day. We are happy to report that school attendance has continued growing. It is thought that due to our efforts in this school, the government has stepped in to provide much need support in repairing classrooms and bringing water to the school.
Rift Valley Children’s Village
We provided two rain harvesting tanks for the Rift Valley orphanage which is the home to 69 children. We also helped fund the construction of a road linking the Karatu village to the Children’s home enabling vital supplies to be more easily transported.
We would like to thank all of our donors who have made these projects possible.
2008 Project Updates
The Meali Lunch Program is up and running!
During our summer 2007 uniform project at Meali primary School, we became aware of the difficult conditions most of the children faced. Because of the long distances the children traveled to and from school, most were not receiving breakfast or lunch. We saw that many students were suffering from distended stomachs, scalp conditions and eye infections. In September 2007, we started raising funds for our Meali Lunch Program. Our goal: build a kitchen, hire two cooks, transport and buy supplies for one year.
The Lunch Program began serving the students their first meal on January 3rd!
We are happy to announce that the headmaster has reported that within the first few weeks of the program, the children are more focused and that attendance has improved. Best of all many new students have registered!
Rugu Village Water Well Project is completed!
We chose Rugu Village in Western Tanzania as the site for our first water well project. Children living in the area have little or no access to safe drinking water and are not in school because they walk long distances each day in order to fulfill their families water needs. Added to this lack of water, Rugu has a 30 percent AIDS rate compared to a 6 percent rate for the rest of the country. Children of Tanzania has partnered with World Vision on this project. The villagers helped construct the well and received maintenance training through World Vision's community programs. All were thrilled when there were sufficient funds to build an irrigation system for the village. Given the great success and rapid implementation of this project we are already planning a second well in the Endupoto School area.
Meali School Initiative
With healthier children who are more focused and with increased enrollment, Meali's lunch program has proved to be a great success. The cost to keep this program running each year is $13,000 which includes supplies, transportation and wages. But there is much more to be done. Our first target program is teacher housing. In rural Tanzania, it is necessary to provide housing to attract and retain quality teachers. At present, eight Meali teachers are housed in a building designed for only a few. This existing housing is in disrepair and in need of extensive renovations. We would like to raise the funds to not only do the necessary repairs but to also provide new housing. New housing would also provide accommodations for visiting teachers. Since most existing teachers have little to no formal training, visiting educators provide a window into different ways to impact children and show the teachers new more effective and creative teaching methods. Once housing is complete, Children of Tanzania would like to provide the materials for extensive classroom renovations. Meali classrooms are in need of new windows, paint and roof renovations. The school also lacks basic teaching materials such as textbooks, blackboards and desks.
Endupoto Primary School
What makes this Maasai community unique is the village elders' commitment to education. While visiting this remote dusty area, we were invited to sit with the village chairman, local government agents, parents and elders. They spoke of their commitment to bettering their children*s future through education. Just one year ago classes were held under a tree. Today there is a small free standing classroom but it is not large enough to accommodate the 144 Maasai children who attend this school. Due to the limited space, the children are divided between morning and afternoon sessions with each group being taught for only one half of the day. The villagers, in their enthusiasm for their children to have an education, have already built the foundation for a second classroom. An additional classroom would enable all the students to benefit from a full school day. The cost of this classroom project is $8,000. The village elders also spoke of their desperate need for water. We have initiated a preliminary survey of the area to provide a water well. The projected cost of this project is $15,000 and $18,000.