The Project

TWENDE SHULENI e.V. ("Let's go to school" in Suaheli language)

is an officially registered association in Germany, founded in June 2021 after being a more than 10 year-long private fundraising initiative. We have our own donation account and are allowed to write official donation receipts for tax refund.

Our goal in our statutes is to support and help realising educational and social projects in East Africa through fundraising, networking and expert advise.


Our actual project is focusing on the construction of Kihesa Mgagao Secondary school in a rural area of the Southern highlands in Tanzania, a two-hours-drive away from the next bigger city, called "Iringa". 

The construction is mainly in hands and responsibility of a Tanzanian NGO called "THPR - Tanzania for Human People's Rights".

Some motivated Tanzanian citizens want to make a contribution for a better future for Tanzanian Youths. 

Though Primary school education has improved during the last decades, higher education is still not accessible for a huge number or children, especially in rural areas. The government is still not in a position to take completely care of that task, that's why private initiatives have to spring into action. Plans for the construction were already set up several years ago and a huge piece of land was bought. But due to a lack of money and sponsors the building activities could not really start. 


During a randomly meeting while traveling in Tanzania in 2011, the idea of the school construction was presented to Birgit Schönharting (the later founder of TWENDE SHULENI e.V.) by a member of THPR, Mr. Ochieng Anudo - who is up to date our main contact person there. During the years and via an official sub-account with the organisation "MISEREOR e.V." in Germany, a sum of more than 120.000 Euro could be collected and at start of the official association some constructions are ready. (see history in pictures): 


the first huge building, which is supposed to contain three classrooms, is waiting to be used - even locally manufactured chairs and tables for students are already in one of the classrooms. a water cistern for 35.000 l is collecting precious rainwater during raining season. a staff toilet could be added, a second bigger one for the students is in process. The government asked to set up the fundament for a second building (they want to see efforts for a laboratory, which is mandatory for the start of a secondary school). A big piece of land is prepared as a school farm, first crops were planted and harvested already and a tree nursery was started - this will guarantee a sustainable supply and income for future years.


To also keep the villagers in mind and giving them a direct benefit of the presence of the future school, in 2020 some "First Aid" (food, Soap) as a support for the COVID19 difficulties was organised.

In 2021 we plan an "English summer school" for adults form the village, who could't learn this language in school. This can possibly help them in their career and will also be useful for our further collaboration in international context.


the big goal stays the same: We would like the school to start for the first day-students as soon as possible. This will be an important mile stone for further building steps, acceptance in the community and new fundraising opportunities. Negotiations are currently ongoing.


TWENDE SHULENI sees its function in raising awareness about the right for education in underprivileged countries and in collecting funds and in advising in project management. We want to keep the construction and planning in big parts in the hands of THPR, because we think that the local community knows better how to reach their own goal and that real development only works if the people who are concerned can take over responsibility and build their future. In addition we would like to develop some new ideas how to help the local community and implement some side-projects, which might not be essential for the school opening at first place, but could be help- and meaningful for the further development of the whole village and its people.

There is a direct and trustful personal contact between the people involved from Germany and Tanzania. We do our best to keep the administrative costs down at a very low level, our members of the association work voluntarily. Our goal ist that the highest possible amount of funds directly reaches the project. Through our constant personal contacts we can deliver transparent reports how the funds are used,


Can YOU help? Do YOU want to be part of a story that can change people's life and improve the situation of this small Tanzanian village? Then you can send money to the official account. Watch the buildings grow and be part of the future of Tanzanian children.