As part of #GivingTuesday, Tuesday 28 November 2017, we are launching an exciting appeal to raise £5,000, which will be used to support amazing children for the next three years from Kindergarten through to Higher Education.
In 1983, while working at the International School in Dar, Bill first led a group of students to do community service work in Kindwitwi, and he subsequently became Chairman of the Kindwitwi Board of Management and then one of our Trustees.
We are looking to establish this fund to continue Bill’s legacy, ensuring talented children can pursue their dreams.
In smaller Tanzanian villages such as Kindwitwi, finances are often a major factor in preventing a child from continuing their education. For those living in Kindwitwi, there are additional challenges; although leprosy is now curable, it there is still stigma associated with the disease.
In Kindwitwi, we have a kindergarten and many go on to receive primary and secondary schools in nearby larger villages such as Utete.
The Government of Tanzania has initiated several policy and structural reforms to improve the quality of education in the country. For instance, at the end of 2015, the Tanzanian government directed public bodies to ensure secondary education is free for all children.
However, while most fees are covered, there are other associated costs such as school and sports uniforms, learning materials, pens etc.
In the past, we have supported several students with their higher education studies – and some have returned to the community to share their training in nursing and social work. These include the Kindwitwi Leprosy Care Centre manager Abdallah Nguyu and Salum Kipoloya, our talented bespoke shoemaker.
The William Powell Education Fund for Kindwitwi’s Children has been established to give every child in Kindwitwi the chance to be the best they can be, by ensuring they have the financial support to education opportunities from kindergarten through to college or university.