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. 

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. 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. 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 almost 80.000 Euro.


At present, the first huge building, which is supposed to contain three classrooms, is more or less finished (see gallery). Once a needed toilet building and some small side buildings will be added, the complex can be used - the big goal is to start school activity for the first 45 students by beginning of 2020. This will be an important mile stone for further building steps, acceptance in the community and new fundraising opportunities.


TWENDE SHULENI sees its function in raising awareness about the right for education in underprivileged countries and in collecting funds and advising. 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 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 accountWatch the buildings grow and be part of the future of Tanzanian children.