Lyamungo Sinde, Kilimanjaro – The Scope Project
Supporting Community Orphans and Primary Education
A Proposal for a small Vocational Training Centre
A Portrait of a Village
Lyamungo Sinde is a small village in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania with a population of about 3000 souls. It sits on the south-westerly slopes of Kilimanjaro and is accessible by car. The people of the village are largely small-holders, surviving by growing their own produce and marketing what they have left. Some of the income for the village comes from locals who work in the nearby town of Moshi. The village location is ideal for rainfall and the climate is cooler than in the plains due to its altitude. Ground crops include green beans, peas, kidney beans and sweetcorn with tree crops providing avocados, mango, bananas and coffee beans. These crops are only grown in small amounts. There is no commercial or industrial agriculture. On this basis it is similar to many other villages around Kilimanjaro as indeed across Africa. The people are generally healthy. They are poor but the poverty is not as abject as it is in other regions.
The community is 60%-40% Christian to Muslim. There is a large Lutheran church (on whose land Lyamungo Sinde Primary School is built) and a small Roman Catholic Chapel in a nearby village. There is also a mosque (on whose land Mwowe Primary School is built). Christians and Muslims, as is the case all over Tanzania live happily side-by-side. The Lutheran church is the social centre for the Christians with the mosque supporting the Muslims. The Lutheran faith is generally strong in the Kilimanjaro region, a legacy of German occupation before the First World War. All the village children, whether Muslim or Christian attend one of the 3 village primary schools while only some of them will attend one of 2 secondary schools. Primary education is compulsory but secondary is not.
Primary education is also supposed to be free to all but in reality government support is insufficient to cover all expenses in the schools. This is true across the whole of Tanzania. Parents or guardians therefore have to pay supplementary fees. This amounts to Tanzanian shillings (Tzs)25,000 annually (about £10 or US$18). Some people cannot afford this and have their children bring some produce from the small-holding instead. Upon completion of primary school many of the children leave education because their families/carers cannot afford secondary school payments (about Tzs 48,000 or £18 – $US25). Lyamungo Sinde (L.S.) Primary School (the church-based school) has recently had a new classroom built, donated by a Greenbank Primary School in County Durham, UK in 2009-10. This room has been left unfinished.
The village is cut off from the digital world, as are many such villages in Africa. The only line of communication is the mobile phone, which almost every family has access to, if not their own, they will use their neighbour’s. My proposal is to support Lyamungo Sinde Parish in establishing a small, informal vocational training centre/digital library in a new classroom. Consisting of a suite of 12 computers and 6 pedal-based sewing machines the vocational training centre will be used to introduce ICT education and sewing skills to those students who finish primary but cannot afford to go to secondary school. The centre will be available to the village after school hours to be used for printing, faxing or emailing. This can form the basis of a communications centre for both pupils and parents and act as a source of income for the school. We have already had 10 computers donated from various sources. We propose to set up a temporary facility this year (2016) to get started.
This proposal addresses a two-pronged account of the needs in the village. One will provide for the continuing post-primary education of disadvantaged young people through a basic skills training centre and the other will provide the village with a much needed communications centre. I have already approached several possible funding sources, including charities, friends, etc. to develop my ideas. I have also recently set up my own charity, ABCD: Art Building Children?s Dreams (UK) registered in the UK at HMRC reg. no. XT38573 to assist with fundraising.
The Village in Pictures
The Village School- Lyamungo Sinde Primary
& The High Street
The Village Hall
& A Traditional House
In association with:
The Social and Development Projects Committee
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Lyamungo Sinde Lutheran Parish
Moshi, Tanzania (EA)
UK Address: Mr. John de Ronde, ABCDreams (UK)
3 Pearce Close, Mitcham, London, CR4 2GP
+447800907661 in UK
+255753091513 in Tanzania