The Project

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

is a private fundraising initiative from Germany. 

We try to help financing 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 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 few 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) by a member of THPR, Mr. Ochieng Anudo. She decided to help, shared the idea with some friends and started collecting money through charity activities (presentations, charity concerts, selling calendars etc.).

In 2014 a more official initiative was founded and was named "TWENDE SHULENI". Since then the yearly amount of raised money could permanently grow and has now exceeded the total sum of 113.000 Euro (March 2021).


At present, the first huge building, which is supposed to contain three classrooms, is finished (see gallery), chairs and tables for students were manufactured by local shops and are already in one of the classrooms. a water cistern for 35.000 l is collecting precious rainwater during raining season. a first 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 seems to be obligatory for 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 is in planning process - this will guarantee a sustainable supply and income for future years.


the big goal is to start school activity 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 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.

There is a direct and trustful personal contact between the people involved from Germany and Tanzania. All administrative costs are carried by the members of our organization, therefore we can guarantee that 100% of the funds directly reach the project.

Since 2014 TWENDE SHULENI has an official sub account via MISEREOR, a German charity organization. They take care of the money transfers in a very transparent way and are allowed to write an official donation receipt for tax refund.


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.