This December, GCSE and IB students will be travelling to Tanzania in a life-changing experience as they attempt to make a lasting impact on the local community of Arusha.
Last year, students made substantial contributions to Kitefu Primary School. The renovation and construction of teacher accommodation, and kitchen and restroom facilities for the school have resulted in extended learning time for local students because teachers no longer had to commute several hours to get home. These new facilities have helped to improve the quality of life for teachers and their families as well as students at the school.
This year students will once again be immersing themselves in the service work within the community and also in a new local primary school, giving Kitefu a chance to grow and develop into its new environment. This is in line with our goal to raise the quality of life and education for people in the area so that they can direct their own future and develop within their means.
In addition, Nord Anglia Education continues to be in close communication with Seeway, a centre for orphaned and vulnerable children, to construct a plan for sustainable development. Through Seeway’s long-term connection to Maji ya Chai, we have designed a strategy to meet the current and ever changing needs of the community.
If you or your family would like to donate any gifts to the community of Arusha, we have a list suitable donations below. Please hand any items into the main reception desk at BIS Abu Dhabi. Thank you from the Tanzania Expedition Students!
- Stationery – Especially geometry sets, such as the Helix Oxford mathematical sets that come in a metal tin.
- Solar Lanterns – We have received information from local agencies in Arusha stating that solar lights are having a massive impact on the ability of students and teachers to work for longer into the evening. If you were to purchase a solar light from Solar Aid they will then buy and distribute three more lights in Africa. www.solar-aid-eco-shop.co.uk/collections/all
- Easy reading books – These should be children’s books. Some examples are The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to name a few.
- Football equipment – Footballs, pop up goals, old football boots, shin pads, goal keeper’s gloves
- Cricket equipment – Good quality cricket sets, stumps, bats, balls
- Sports kits – Sports clothing that could be used and school team uniforms
- White socks and underwear – Very useful items that many people in Tanzania cannot afford
- Generic stationary – Pens, pencils, paper, colouring pencils
- Mosquito nets – Very useful piece of equipment that can be distributed in communities in need
- Water filters – Clean water is a major issue in many Tanzanian communities; simple hardwearing water filters such as those manufactured by Sawyer can be a real life saver. https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-mini-filter/
- Shoes – Any old shoes that still have a bit of life left in them
- Clothing – Old clothing that can still be worn