Project Wezesha is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 by Lucas Lameck and Rai Farrelly. We founded Project Wezesha to address the needs of children in rural villages within the Kigoma Region of Western Tanzania. Wezesha is the Kiswahili word for Empower. The aim of Project Wezesha is to empower local communities through increased access to education for the children. By engaging the community and relying on village leadership, Project Wezesha is able to target the locally identified needs of the community. Our current programming includes a secondary school scholarship program for children most in need as well as a building project to provide Mgaraganza Village with its first ever secondary school – Amahoro Secondary.
Please visit www.projectwezesha.org to learn more about Project Wezesha.
There are several fees that a child must pay to attend secondary school in Tanzania. Among them are school fees, teacher fees, fees to cover desk and chair use, fees to pay for one ream of paper per child, and fees for cleaning materials. As the fees add up, fewer children are able to afford school. $5 may be a drop in the bucket, but it's a drop that gets a child closer to her dreams.
This project can be visited during the summer months, between June and August. It takes approximately 25 minutes with public transportation to travel from Kigoma, Tanzania to the next town, then you have the option of an hour walk or a 15 minute boda boda (motorcycle) taxi on dirt roads through villages. If you are interested in visiting, please contact Rai Farrelly at [email protected] to make arrangements. We will arrange to have our in-country director, Lucas Lameck meet you in Kigoma town to accompany you to the village.
What To Bring
We do not promote giving gifts to children, teachers, or villagers. If you can cover the minimal costs of Lucas' travel and food while you are together, that would be great! The best support is a donation to the project so that we can continue our work - educating, building, empowering.
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