BENEFITING: FUND FOR THE KILIMANJARO ORPHANAGE
In the communities of Northern Tanzania, there has been insufficient education efforts and institutional development for the Maasai to understand and benefit from educational achievement. Typically, Maasai children enter First Grade at age seven without prior exposure to classroom-based teaching, without basic skills, such as counting and writing, typical among other Tanzanian children, and without an understanding of Swahili, ,which is the only legally permitted language, other than English, in schools. They are set up for failure from the beginning; not surprisingly, many drop-out before the end of Primary School, and almost half do not pass the Grade 7 exams, which are critical to entering Secondary School. Consequently, as compared to other communities throughout Tanzania, the Maasai have far less children succeeding at all levels in school.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM: The result is that the Maasai are poorly represented in jobs of influence; for example there are relatively few Maasai teaching in the local schools, and there are even fewer working in local health clinics or conducting social services. Maasai are also under-represented in local governing bodies; many District levels positions related to land, livestock, natural resources, etc. are filled by non Maasai, who sometimes make decisions on behalf of the community with little knowledge about and/or prejudice against it! It’s well-recognized that early education opportunities, such as pre-school, contribute to educational development and enhance school achievement later. If Maasai children get pre-school opportunities where they can learn some Swahili, gain exposure to a classroom environment, and learn basic skills, they’ll be better prepared for Primary School, their families will be more supportive of formal education, and the children will stay in school longer and do better.
GOAL & OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
This proposal aims at rising the necessary funding to construct a pre-school, and increase the ongoing Zara Tanzania Charity and Afrika-safari/Africa-safari/Aufsafari Charity programs, to purpose built premises from where we will be able to assist more children by offering additional skills though training. This new pre-school will make a durable change to the lives of many children who are trapped by present circumstances and will be a sustainable long-term project.
The total budget for initial of this project is 20,000$ so any assistance which you will do to us will be our pleasure to this children.