Our library in Maguu has been open since December 2010 and averages 554 visits per month.
The library has had a couple exciting developments in the last quarter. Our partner organization for the library project, MACOBICA, has just been awarded a grant of approximately $10,000 by the US Embassy for the installation of a photovoltaic system! The addition of solar power to library will enable charging of small appliances and an extension of the hours of operation. We expect that the addition of evening hours will result in a significant increase in the number of secondary students who visit the library, as the light available in the library will be of better quality than the kerosene lamps that many students who study at home use.
Simon Mahai, the chair of MACOBICA, also just returned from a visit to Maguu and the library. While he was there he held meetings with representatives from the secondary schools in the valley and with the heads of the local primary schools to discuss the use of the library. The attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunities the library offers and promised to encourage their students to visit the library. They also shared methods of helping their students to effectively utilize the library.
We're excited by the new developments and the possibilities that will come with the addition of solar power. Thanks again to everyone who has supported us for this project!
For more details about the library, visit our library page.
Scholarship Project Update
Our scholarship program is continuing and making good progress. We currently have 28 students that are part of this project. Seven of them are still in need of sponsors. If you are interestied, please visit our website. We will also be adding 4 students to our new class of sponsored students, the fourth group in TETEA's history. More information about these students will be available in the next quarterly newsletter.
Our first class of sponsored students is in Form Four this year and studying hard for their upcoming national examinations in the fall. Thanks again to all of our sponsors!
More information about our scholarship project is available on our website.
TETEA continues to actively plan a secondary school for girls. During the upcoming quarter, we will be exploring locations in Tanzania and looking to lay the organizational groundwork for this project to soon become a reality! It is an exciting time for us and we have a number of potential partners that are interested in working with us. Stay tuned as this project develops...
More information about our school project is available on our website.