JUST NOT ENOUGH
Many schools in Karatu have 3 or 4 children to one desk, and 4 children to one textbook. 45 children share one latrine. Needless to say there is a great need for additional facilities. KEF continues to help to fund the building of additional classrooms, kitchens, latrines and desks, to make learning more comfortable for children and teachers alike. All the schools KEF has assessed are in dire need of these basic facilities – especially textbooks, desks and toilets.
IN THIS DAY IN AGE
In the west nowadays, technology in schools is fairly mainstream. Most children in Karatu have no access to computers, much less the option of exploring or searching the internet or emailing their friends. Karatu Education Fund has been assisting schools with internet access through computer donations and penpal relationships. Bellevue High Schools Penpal project introduced many students to email for the first time, and now with internet cafes accessible throughout Karatu and Tanzania, internet skills are a useful and necessary tool for their future. We welcome schools in the US that may want to establish penpal relations with schools in Karatu.
THE TEXTBOOK DILEMMA
When you walk into a classroom in Karatu, the first thing you notice is how many children are huddling around one textbook. Sometimes up to 6 children are sharing one textbook – making it very difficult for them to read and follow the exercises. Karatu Education Fund hopes to help to create a more comfortable learning environment by buying textbooks directly from the publishers, making the ratio of children: books 2:1.
KEF has been able to assist Tloma Primary School, Ganako Secondary School and the Karatu Ganako Library with the purchase of locally published school textbooks. Thank you to the Bellevue High School Leadership program for heading much of the initial textbook funding drive.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of our donors:
A School Bell Rings, Jennifer Jaynes, Katie Fox, SSIcom, Ellen Jacob and Kirk Shayfitz; Frank Mellor; The Hunt Family, The Navarro Family, Bookey Consulting, Alderwood Terrace Rotary Foundation; David Marsh, John & Louise Riber; Stephen and Carol Ries; Brock Haussamen; Richard Rediker; Juliane Richter & Gunnar Grimm; Caleb Hurtt; Mr & Mrs Terry Rothermel; Margaret W Clarke and many more.
And thank you to all of you who have sent books and supplies!
- The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, who generously donated funds for the Science Lab.
- Eddie Baker and For The Love Of Hannah Baker Fund, who organized the 3 Peaks Challenge Fundraiser to complete the Ganako Science Lab
Thank you to our kind donors at Lightspeed Design who have donated two high powered projectors to the library for community education and student learning use.
For more information on any of these projects, or to obtain full project proposals and budgets, please contact us.
Below are just a few highlights of KEF work
Sponsorship: KEF works with donors to choose and sponsor students to finish their secondary education. This is an ongoing project, please contact us if you would like to help. Very Special thanks to Frank Mellor for his continued sponsorship of 2 young women through Secondary School, University and now in their Master programs. This is a true story of success and how a little help and support can change lives.
Haymu Classroom Finished. Thanks to our donors we were able to finish the much needed Haymu Classroom addition in 2017. Special thanks to Ellen Jacob and Kirk Shayfitz for this project.
Donors pulled together and especially with the help of Jennfier Jaynes and Remembering Hannah Project, the Ganako Science Labs was finished in 2013
Ganako Library was built in 2009. The first library in the Karatu district. Special thanks to Alberto Navarro for creating and funding this project.
Karatu School Projects
Haymu Primary School
Haymu Primary School is situated in Ayalabe Village in Karatu District and it was founded in 2009 with 75 students and 3 teachers and grades from Kindergarten thru 7. The school has currently about 500 students- 245 boys and 2260 girls, and 14 teachers. There are 5 completed classrooms at the moment, but more space is needed. An expansion project is underway to add 2 new classrooms and 1 teacher's office.
KEF has assisted projects to build classrooms at Haymu school, notably a new classroom in 2017, as well as provide desks and chairs through our Donate a Desk program.
Mlimani School Project
“We were very much shocked when visiting Mlimani Secondary School, to see that the class rooms are not large enough to accommodate Form One students. More than one hundred students are sharing the same class. Some buildings are in the beginning phase of construction but the speed is very slow as they are expecting and waiting for donations from the community.”
KEF Tanzania board members,
KEF assisted the project to finish the classrooms in 2012 and continues to support the school through our Donate a Desk program
Ganako Secondary School
In 2011, form 4 students wrote the first “O” Level Exams in their school’s history – with no Science Labs! These 124 brave pioneers managed to sit their practical exams for Biology, Chemistry and Physics in make-shift labs that teachers set up with the limited resources they had. in 2012 KEF assisted the school to finish the labs they had started and equip them with the necessary chemicals and apparatus for this year’s students.
From 2012-2018 KEF has supported the school, among other projects suppling Lab materials, e -reader tablets, text books, desks, and the librarian program.