Picture above: Mr. Msaki with students and their new school books
In the summer of 1990, a small group of 2 students and 2 teachers from MIS made the first service trip to Tanzania to establish a helping relationship with the people there. This relationship has evolved since that first visit into a significant component of the MIS’ community outreach programme. MIS supports several projects in Tanzania and a team of approximately 20 – 25 students and teachers annually travel to Tanzania at the beginning of the summer vacation to visit those projects and to undertake service work there. Due to the global pandemic, the trips in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled but we have maintained close contact with our partners there and continued our support.
One of our projects is Hope Primary School. It is a two-room school serving approximately 90 students in a poor part of Moshi, Tanzania. It was founded in 2012 and is run by Peter Msaki, a retired Head teacher with whom MIS has had a connection for over 20 years. MIS has supported this project since 2013 with the aim to develop the basic level education of primary aged children in Moshi to enable the students to then enter the formal, local education structure with a view to improving future prospects for the children. The students at the school are in most cases orphans or from single parents. At the school they receive basic education in reading, writing and maths and there is also some singing and dancing.
Picture above: Students receiving new uniforms
Some of the funds raised by Junior School students through the annual Read-a-Thon in March 2021 have been used to fund the payment of rent for the premises, the purchase of school uniforms and supplies and a small supplement for the four teachers who work there.
“…on behalf of the school board, may I take this opportunity to thank all of our friends from MIS for their devotion of helping our young school this year 2021.”
Mr. Peter Msaki October 2021
Picture above: Mr Saddick, a teacher, signing receipt of supplement