In the summer of 1990, under the leadership of the Headmaster at the time, Lister Hannah, MIS students Jesse Garcia and Nickie Shaver travelled to Tanzania with teachers Carol Geiger and Mark McGough to establish a helping relationship with the people of Tanzania. This relationship has evolved since that first visit into a significant component of the MIS Community outreach.
A team of approximately 20-25 students and staff visit each year, carrying donations given by the MIS community and raised through regular events such as Frühlingsfest to be used for development purposes. These are decided upon in consultation with the local communities. MIS student groups are also involved in making a difference through hands on work, such as helping to renovate local primary schools and tree planting amongst a host of other activities.
|Currently supported MIS projects
- 4T Project (Tuungane Tusaidiane Tuijenge Tanzania: “Let´s join together Let´s help together Let´s help each other Let´s build Tanzania") – long term association with this local NGO since around 2004; 4T is a self-help project that supports women, which began in a village near Arusha where we annually donate donkeys, goats, basic farming equipment, chicken-coops and school uniforms.
- HIV Affected Teens Group – project support started about 10 years ago. It is an outreach programme out of KCMC hospital. MIS supports this group by providing musical instruments and other socio-cultural related materials.
- Hope Primary School in Moshi – project started in 2013 in a very poor area of the town. Most of the students at this school are orphans. MIS helps to keep this 2-room school keep going and provide some basic education.
- Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre – MIS has supported this hospital for over 20 years by providing some tangible support such as: stethoscopes, foetal heart monitor, ordinary drugs, etc.
- Occupational Therapy Clinic – this is part of the Tuamani University of Tanzania, based at KCMC hostpital. This project started in 1998 to help establish the OT department with the training of six students that has now grown to 30.
- Remitti Village – cultural experience for MIS students with a local Maasai tribe that is changing from a nomadic to pastoral life-style. This is a recent project that started in 2018.
- Tree Planting on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro to replenish the local primary forest that has been denuded over the past few years. This work is being done through a local NGO that is connected to the “Roots and Shoots” foundation.
- Upendo Children’s Home – a local orphanage that recently started in 2018.
- Work Project at local Primary School[s] in Moshi – MIS students will be engaged in renovating, digging, painting and other kinds of labour intensive work. Every year, a different local primary school will be helped. Although MIS has helped different local schools over the past 25 years, this particular initiative is in collaboration with ISM (International School of Moshi) and was started in 2015.