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The administrative costs of the Charity are very low and a little generosity can go a long way in rural Tanzania. All monies raised are carefully allocated for best effect, under the Trustees’ guidance, and are used for:
There are opportunities to sponsor a named student and, if so desired, maintain a correspondence with that student. Please see the Sponsor a student page for more information.
The School offers a sound education to 13–20 year olds in a region of subsistence agriculture and little development. As with all secondary schools in Tanzania, fees are required.
Such is the popularity of this School that it attracts students from villages some distance away. Some students are frequently forced to either travel long distances or find lodgings in Mvumi Village, often in inadequate conditions. Some live with adults, some with guardians, others with a housekeeper.
Many students live alone in small rooms in mud-brick huts. Frequently these huts have no electricity, no running water and practically no furniture. They may live alone or with relatives who see no practical benefit in their studying because they have to focus on making a meagre living.
Many keen young people hope to get places at Mvumi Secondary School, if their families or kind sponsors can fund them.
"We beg to live in dormitories because at our homes we have a lot of problems. When it's time to study, we can't do it because we live with parents and many relatives. And the candle smoke affects our eyes, so sometimes they water or we get a headache when we read and so we can't continue to study. Kerosene is used too. It is toxic. And our houses have low thatched roofs and no chimneys."
"I live with my aunt but if I want to study she tells me to do some other work."
"I live with my grandparents. When I begin to study they tell me to go and cut grass for the cow and fetch water for them. At night they don't want to see any light. I study with either candle-light or with light from a fire. They say that when it's day it's for work and when it is night we must sleep. So I can't get an hour to study."
"For me I live far from my school, so I must wake early at 5.00 a.m. and start to prepare for school. After school I walk a long way and when I arrive home I am very tired and can't study well."
The aims of the trust have been:
All secondary schools in Tanzania are fee paying: the Trust aims to provide appropriate assistance with education by the award of Scholarships and Bursaries.
45 Rose Scholarships have been awarded to the brightest of the children from the local primary schools. During the last three years the Charity has developed a sponsorship system to assist students with fees and relieve cases of hardship. In total 158 students of the 430 at the School receive assistance with fees.