Jenga Jumuiya has finished its first project and WOW! What an amazing experience this has been! Kazi kubwa lakini kazi nzuri, kabisa! (BIG work, but GOOD work, FOR SURE!)

The classrooms are finished. Roofs are on. Ceilings are up. Floors are in. Windows have glass. Walls, ceilings, chalkboards, doors and window frames are all painted. And as a very SPECIAL treat, one of our partner organization, Oikos East Africa installed solar panels so we could have ELECTRICITY in our beautiful new classrooms. Seriously. What a wonderful surprise! (I cannot even believe it!)

Tomorrow, with reporter in tow (thanks, Victor!) , we will be heading out to the school for the dedication ceremony where we will officially be turning over the classrooms to the village, school board, parents, and students. Cannot wait!

It astounds me that this project has actually come together…so wonderfully, so efficiently, in such a very short time. And I could not have done it without the help of my friends, family, co-workers, and even random strangers who have supported and contributed to this!

So, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for your continued support to this project…and to the many more that will hopefully come in the future. A special and HUGE thank you to my project manager, Thomas Loai, who has been simply incredible; to my family who has been so supportive — especially my big brother Matt who has helped me sort through the maze that is the non-profit registration world and my mom who has helped calm my nerves when the going has gotten a bit rough;  and to my support team here in Arusha: Victor, Chris, Laila, Isaack, Monzoea — your continued friendship, encouraging words, and constant support of this project have made it all possible.

Lots and lots of photos will be coming after tomorrow’s ceremony. I can’t wait for you all to see it — IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

Thank you all so very much! — Asante sana! — Ashe Oleng!


Heidi Henneman



  1. Congrats Heidi! Look forward to seeing the pictures.

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