Big News — New Projects! New Locations! New Schools!

Lots of exciting things going on in the Jenga Jumuiya world! Thanks to support and encouragement from friends and family, I’ve left my position at Estee Lauder (again!) to focus more on our projects in Tanzania. From this Saturday, I intend to spend roughly 4 months in TZ getting a few new BIG projects underway.

We are focusing on 3 schools at this moment: Oldonyo Sambu Primary School (where we built two classrooms and a teacher’s office in 2010), Lohada (an orphanage and school for street children), and a brand new project near the Maasai village of Monduli.

At Oldonyo Sambu, we are hoping to build a brand new classroom to help alleviate the over-populated classrooms. The school hosts upwards of 1100 children in 9 classrooms. They were at 7 in 2010, but thanks to our generous donors, we have helped alleviate a little bit of that overpopulation — and now we are trying to help even more! — kidogo, kidogo (little by little).  I have set up a Fundly site for this project (http://fundly.com/jenga-jumuiya-school-building-fund) in the hopes we can break ground early next year (February) or sometime next summer. We are also planning to renovate several of the older classrooms with the help of our partner One World Safari Tours who will be bringing in volunteers to help with some of the renovations.

At Lohada, we are planning to build more beds/cots for the girls dorm to provide a safe haven for even more young orphan girls. These are teen and pre-teen girls, currently living on the streets or in at-risk situations, and we are extremely excited to be able to provide them a clean, safe place to stay so that they can get the education they so desperately want and need.

Near Monduli, we are working on building a brand new school for a community that currently has none. The children walk a minimum of 10K to get to school in the neighboring community. We are hoping to build a primary and, ultimately, a secondary school for the area. The village elders of several adjoining villages have generously offered us a large piece of land to use for this incredible project. We are in the planning stages at this point, but watch this space for exciting updates as we move forward into the planning, sourcing, and design phases of this project. It’s going to be a BIG one!

Throughout all of these great and exciting projects, we are still supporting 3 amazing students in the Arusha area — Gifte, who’s just finished Form 3 of Secondary school; Joyce, who is entering Secondary School next year; and Loisolu, who is in Grade 4 of Primary school.

We couldn’t be more excited to get some big projects started for Jenga Jumuiya and the communities, families and children we serve.

Thank you to all of our donors, friends, partners, and supporters. We couldn’t do all of this without you!

Asante Sana na Ashe Nale!

Heidi

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