In addition to the Kisa Project and Binti Shupavu, AfricAid supports a number of smaller programs that provide powerful educational opportunities for students in Tanzania. Please read below for more information!
Losinoni Primary School
Losinoni is a rural Maasai village that AfricAid has partnered with since 2004. Over time, AfricAid has provided funding for the construction of several classrooms and a much-needed school latrine facility. Most recently, AfricAid helped fund the installation of a solar power project, giving students and teachers electricity at the school for the very first time.
AfricAid also funds and oversees the innovative lunch program at the school. Many of Losinoni’s 557 students walk several miles to and from school each day, while subsisting on only one meal of “ugali,” or corn porridge, in the evening. As a result, it can be difficult for the students to focus on their studies, and many decide to skip school. Since the introduction of the school lunch program at Losinoni, school attendance has increased dramatically, student concentration levels have increased, and there is more active classroom participation. In 2004, when AfricAid commenced working with Losinoni, only 23% of Losinoni students passed the final primary exam; in 2014 this number was 87%.
Achieve in Africa
In 2017, Brendan Callahan joined our Board of Directors. Brendan and his wife Alyssa co-founded Achieve in Africa (AIA) in 2009 to support education in Tanzania. Read more about their projects below.
Constructing Olasiti Secondary School
Without a secondary school nearby or any formal bus system, students above grade 7 in the rural village of Olasiti, Tanzania, had to rely on riding in the back of supply trucks en route to neighboring villages to attend school. Students were easily injured on these supply trucks and some female students were subjected to having relations with the drivers in exchange for paying for the rides. As a result, some female students became pregnant and had to drop out of school entirely.
The residents of the village and local government had minimal funds to contribute to build a secondary school. AIA constructed Olasiti Secondary School over several years, and the school now serves over 1,200 students each academic school year.
Renovating Olasiti Primary School
When Achieve in Africa first began working with Olasiti village, two of the classrooms in Olasiti Primary School were crumbling and unusable. AIA helped the school by tearing down the old classrooms and constructing new classrooms in their place. On a trip to Tanzania in 2011, AIA volunteers also helped to improve the school by repairing cracked floors, painting classrooms, and creating barriers around classrooms to route rainwater away from the school.
Other Achieve in Africa projects included providing school supplies and books, coordinating a pen pal program, installing solar panels to equip classrooms with electricity, and constructing a community learning center in the rural village of Ulolela in southern Tanzania.