Here some key activities and achievements in 2021, which was again still challenging due to COVID and economic struggles. Still we can say - it was a BIG year, because for the fist time we had schooling activity. Still "inofficial" as Adult English summer school and Foundation schooling, but there were students in the classrooms!!
Some school books and kitchen utensils were bought - and of course all workers, teachers and helpers were paid at the school site.
In terms of construction the student's toilets got almost finished and we started to build a temporary kitchen.
Unfortunately the maize harvest went down due to dry weather conditions, but at least the planted trees are growing well.
In Germany we finally got the official registration as charity association, now we hope we can be more efficient in fundraising and networking. We could collect more than 15.000 Euros as funds in 2021.
Bog thanks for everyone who supported and who had interest in our activities!
We are starting with big motivation into the new year!
Instead of the start of school activity the year 2020 brought new challenges, more points that the Tanzanian authorities want to be done before an official opening is possible, health issues of our main responsible persons there, some trouble in the village... and of course Covid19. Even though the virus did not spread there dramatically, the economic consequences, general fear, restricted movements etc. slowed all activities down and delayed our plans even more.
But: Also good things happened and we continued making steps forward: Despite the worldwide extraordinary situation we could collect more than 10.000 Euro in 2020, plus raised a special "corona-Aid-fund" and could collect more than 2.300 Euro to buy food and soap for around 250 most vulnerable people in Kihesa Mgagao village.
The foundation of the second big building is ready, the student's toilets (7 + 7 latrines) are growing bit by bit (again all handmade); For the first time there was a harvest of beans on our farm, next crop already planted is maize; People in the villages started to collect a huge amount of plastic bottles to have material ready for one of first innovative "Plastic-bottle-house" we want to build soon.
And in Germany so many people supported with handmade gifts for Christmas, with good ideas and ongoing interest, with private donations and official activities - the total sum of donation went above the magic line of 100.000 Euro!! Further more we try to start an official association soon and are in the process of preparing all necessary papers; we hope to increase our visibility and network for the future!
Feel free to flip through a potpourri of what happened in Germany and Tanzania in 2020! And stay with us for further steps, we will keep on working on our next goals, together with YOU!
What was achieved during the last months of 2019?
- Lots of fundraising activities took place in Germany (Christmas charity market, book shop "Libera" donated for their anniversary, Charity massage day, lots of private donations...) and by end of the year we crossed the magic line of a total donation sum of 90.000 Euro!!
- At the site the fundament of the second big building was done (as the government requested)
- Several acres of land were prepared for the coming school farm and tree nursery - ready to start with crops and plant seedlings now in raining season.
- Negotiations are in process to get the permission to start a first class of around 30-40 students by beginning of 2020. Please cross your fingers!!
It all went pretty well so far, lots of fundraising activities are going on and we are hopeful to start the first schooling activity beginning of next year!! Can you support us on the way to reach that goal?
Fotos © B. Schönharting/ B. Müller