Help The Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development bring lasting change to the people of rural East Africa while also giving US students the experience of a lifetime. When you support this campaign, you help us design and build the first phase of the Same Polytechnic College in the northern highlands of Tanzania, and bring new educational opportunities to one of the poorest regions in the world.
Access to education is critical to eradicating poverty. East Africa has one of the highest concentrations of of extremely poor people in the world. Several countries in the region, including Tanzania, have done a great job building new schools to improve access to education. However, this effort has focused only on primary and secondary schools and not higher education. Now we see an ever increasing number of students graduating from secondary school with only a very small number able to continue their education. The rest are left to fend for themselves with no real job skills or training.
The Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development (Mbesese) is one of only a few organizations taking on this issue. In partnership with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), we are building a new vocational training college in the United Republic of Tanzania. Situated in the northern highlands of the Kilimanjaro Region, the Same (pronounced Sah-may) Polytechnic College will offer quality practical educational opportunities for up to 1,200 students, as well as continuing education programs and support a range of other community service activities to benefit the wider community. The curriculum of the Same Polytechnic College will place special emphasis on addressing the region's need for effective, skilled and knowledgeable farmers, builders, teachers, and entrepreneurs.
With the help of students and faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly and the international design and engineering firm Arup, we are designing the Same Polytechnic College campus to be a truly sustainable community from the ground up. We aim to make the campus a model of environmentally friendly development that will educate through its very design and operations, helping to prepare graduates, faculty, and regional partners for the energy and resource challenges confronting East Africa and global community.
After reviewing the preliminary plans for the campus developed by this team, the government of Tanzania donated over 100 acres of land to our organization to build the college on! On August 16, 2017 a new group of students will join us in Tanzania to carry the project forward and begin designing the first phase of the campus. Upon their return to the US in September, these students will work with Arup over the course of the academic year to complete the design and prepare for construction to begin in 2018.
We are extremely grateful for the incredible contribution and impact this team has and continues to put towards this project. To help support their continued involvement, we are raising funds to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the students on this upcoming trip. Help us change the lives of people who would otherwise not get to continue their education and forge a better future for themselves while also supporting real-world learning experiences for US students.
Mbesese is a US based 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax deductible and 100% will go directly toward the student's costs and any additional funds will be put towards construction!.