|Traveler Janice Anderson Day shares a digital photo with a group of Karatu students.||
"I enjoyed watching the children respond to their teacher, hearing them sing, interacting with them. What a wonderful experience. Thank you."
Shirley Hijar—Denver, Colorado
Banjika Secondary School
Bashay Primary School
Njia Panda Primary School
Tarangire Primary School
Partner since: 2001
Total donated: $288,167
When we first began our partnership with the village of Karatu, Tanzania, in 2001, there were only three primary schools to support, including Bashay and Njia Panda. Upon graduating from one of these schools, the students had nowhere to go to further their education. To address this need, Banjika Secondary School was built in 2004—thanks largely to the contributions of an OAT traveler named Susan Rickert.
In addition to the construction of this school, which has 550 students and 16 classrooms (including science and computer labs), we've made considerable improvements to the three primary schools that feed Banjika Secondary. At Bashay, we've built two classrooms, renovated four, and re-roofed two others; purchased desks for students and chairs for teachers; and built three water tanks. At Njia Panda, we've purchased desks, books, and school supplies for the students.
In 2011, Tarangire Primary School became Grand Circle Foundation's newest partner in Tanzania. Situated on the outskirts of the Tarangire National Park, the school serves 600 children from neighboring bomas, up from just 100 when it first opened in 1973. It came to the attention of the Foundation that Tarangire Primary School is woefully under-funded—the government provides just $3 per student annually, which doesn't come close to covering the basic costs of uniforms and workbooks. Currently we are working with the headmaster, Stanley, to determine how a grant from the Foundation can have the greatest impact.
School in session:
Year round, with breaks from June 1 through July 15, September 15 through September 30, and December 1 through December 30
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Composition books
- Pencils and erasers
- Chalk for the blackboard
- English-language textbooks
- Photos and postcards from your hometown
- Books on environmentally friendly ideas