Books For Bassodawish: Supporting Education
On our first service learning trip to Bassodawish, Karatu District, Tanzania, in 2010, we learned that 8 students share 1 book in each of their 9 classes. Astounding! How can they truly learn if they can only see the book for a short period of time each day? Our group of 16, half of which were teens, decided on the spot to help them reach their goal of having 1 book shared between 2 students!
We did not select the project of funding books, uniforms and such for the secondary school. First, we asked the Village Council what the village needed most. Their number one goal is to improve the education for all the children in the village. With their direction, we work with the Dr. Wilbroad Slaa Secondary School and the three local primary schools.
W surpassed our 2014 fund raising goal of $7,500---by over $2,500--- YES, with your help, we raised more than $10,000!! Asante sana!!
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From summer 2010 to winter 2015, we have raised over $25,000!
A village ceremony, with District officials in attendance, celebrated the arrival of the uniforms and the first shipment of books!
Secondary school education in Tanzania allows students to obtain real jobs in the area. All classes are conducted in English; the student's first opportunity to truly learn the language. It is also the stepping stone to post secondary education. This is especially important for the girls in Bassodawish. Educating girls gives more stability to the entire community.
Please help us give the gift of education to these wonderful students.
For more information on our Books for Bassodawish project, please contact Ms. Welcome Jerde at firstname.lastname@example.org or just donate through the box on the right. All contributions are tax deductible. Operation Bootstrap Africa coordinates the donations and directs the money to the school in Bassodawish.
Note--All photos and slideshows on the site are copyrighted 2010, 2013.
*People often ask if Books for Africa could supply the needs of the school. The short answer is no. The school requires Tanzanian textbooks that are regulated by the government of the Republic of Tanzania, just as text books in the U.S. and other countries are controlled. Books for Africa has donated books for a library in the area.
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Donations for Books for Bassodawish can be made directly to:
Operation Bootstrap Africa
625 4th Ave. S, #110
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Go online to this address and select the "Bassodawish Secondary School" line--
Or send a check to the above address. Make checks payable to Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA)and write Bassodawish on the memo line.
OBA is a 501.c.3, so your contribution is fully deductible by law.
Thank you very much!