Emburis Pre and Primary School
Organized by: Jessica Fujimori
Meet two of the most determined, inspiring people I know: Nakaji Lukumay and her son Junior, from Monduli, Tanzania. I lived with them for a few months two years ago, and I remember hearing “Mama Lukumay” tell me her dream: to build a primary school for the many children in Monduli who could not afford government or private schools.
Since then, with their own money, Nakaji and Junior have constructed three classrooms where the first 18 kids are already learning and growing. The second class of students is registering now. They named the school Emburis Pre- and Primary School and dedicated it to the memory of husband and father John Lukumay, who died from cancer last year. You can follow their progress on the Emburis School's Facebook page.
With your support, the Lukumays can do even more to improve their community through education. Donation will go to simple but healthy lunches for the students and school operating costs, keeping tuition at a fraction of the cost of other local pre- and primary schools.
The kids in this town, like kids everywhere, are bright and eager to learn and just need the chance to sit in a classroom and open a book. I saw their curiosity and enthusiasm myself, sitting on a dusty soccer field with an open book in my lap, surrounded by a crowd of inquisitive 7-year-olds.
Low-cost, high-quality education early on for these children will make all the difference in the world not only for them, but for their entire community. These kids will emerge equipped and motivated to excel in secondary school and beyond, and one day they will give back to their community just as the Lukumays are doing now. Help them get there; anything counts.
NOTE: Some people have been donating offline by check. I'd like to thank and acknowledge their generosity here. When I receive these offline donations, I will lower the online fundraising goal by an equivalent amount to reflect the progress towards the goal.
Thank you so much to the following offline donors:
Jun Fujimori and Fred Fimbel ($200)