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June 28, 2016
BENEFITING: Hands Across Borders Society
The Jambiani Tourism Training Institute (JTTI) is an established, small tourism-training institute in Jambiani (Zanzibar, Tanzania) that was opened in October 2007. The JTTI was opened after increasing demands by the community to provide help through education, in particular with vocational training geared to the growing tourism sector. Tourism has since become the number one export for the Zanzibar government and they have placed a heavy reliance on Zanzibaris to be hired in the industry.
The main purpose of the Institute is to address the lack of skilled employees within the local tourism and hospitality industry and provide a free education to the rural poor especially to the locals of Jambiani and the surrounding villages. Almost all of our students have not completed secondary school and several have not completed the primary level. Prior to their education at the JTTI their job opportunities were almost nil. Without this educational opportunity most would have continued living at a subsistence level. As you can see from the video their lives have changed.
The JTTI provides free training to approximately 350 students per year; those enrolled in the modular system, with the remainder enrolled in short courses (English, IT, Food Safety, Tourism and Hospitality courses, and languages). The students are also educated in socio-economic issues, eco-tourism issues and sustainable development.
A building project financed through the World Bank and DfID (British government) in 2010, that was to provide sustainability for the JTTI, by providing income and training facilities for the students, has still not been completed and the case is in the Tanzanian courts between the funding agency and the building contractors. For the past several years almost all funding for the school has been provided by two of the directors from their personal finances whilst waiting for the completion of the building facility. Unfortunately we have had to close and at this point we are asking for funding donations to be able to reopen.
A charitable organization is now supporting the completion of the building but we do not have the funds to operate the school and its programs.
We are asking for your help for the running costs for the school which come to approximately $52,000 USD per year. The students come from a very poor background and most do not have enough money to eat or buy school supplies. We provide a hot meal program each day and well as all their school supplies, materials, and uniforms, free of charge. All administration and teaching staff are unpaid volunteers therefore all monies are spent directly to assist the students.
This request for help is only to bridge this year until the training rooms/accommodation is up and running. At that point we will be fully sustainable.