Happy Birthday to Jenga Jumuiya! — Two years ago, we officially founded this organization: 2 classrooms, 1 teacher’s office, loads of school supplies, 3 sponsored kids, and a ton of books later, here we are. Hoping to have some new projects in the works very soon! Stay tuned!
How It All Started
Over the past few years, I spent much of my vacation time working as a volunteer in Tanzania. My experience there has been life-changing, and the community and the people that I have grown to know have become very important to me. So much so, that in July 2010, I took what might be called a “sabbatical” from the corporate world to spend a bit more time volunteering my efforts and time to promote education in rural Africa.
During my initial four-month "sabbatical", my eyes and heart were opened the needs of the communities I visited...and Jenga Jumuiya was born.
Our main focus is to renovate and further build the Oldonyo Sambu (Maasai tribe) and Mavinuni (Meru tribe) primary schools — two rural schools that are in dire need of assistance. We have successfully built two classroom and a teacher's office at Oldonyo Sambu -- but there is still much work to be done there. Our project at the Mavinuni School hit a few hiccups, but we hope to get that project off the ground in the next year or so.
This blog is dedicated to these projects -- and those to come! Please feel free to peruse, comment, donate, volunteer, or visit our projects. We all have big work (Kazi Kubwa) to do, and mine starts here.
Thank you for your time. (Asante sana.)