Losinoni village is part of the East African Rift fluoride belt. While a small amount of fluoride is associated with the prevention of tooth decay, many parts of Tanzania and East Africa have toxic levels. The World Health Organization recommends that we ingest no more than 1.5mg/liter of fluoride in the water we use for drinking and cooking. Unfortunately in some parts of Northern Tanzania, the fluoride level reaches 95mg/liter.
Students at Losinoni Primary School benefit immensely from the generous donors who contribute to their school lunch program through AfricAid. In addition to the nutritious lunch they receive daily, the teachers and administrators ensure that the lunch is a healthy break from the often dangerous levels of fluoride occurring naturally in their home water supplies. Levels above 10 mg/liter are associated with the bone disease skeletal fluorosis, which causes pain and damage to bones and joints and can have a severe crippling effect.
By collecting rainwater from the roofs of all the school buildings, the school is able to provide safe drinking water and to cook the daily lunch of traditional makande stew in uncontaminated, fluoride free water.
We’d like to thank our Global Giving donors for supporting the school lunch project at Losinoni Primary School. As a result of your support, we feel confident these students have a brighter future ahead of them.
Computer literacy is increasingly important in the developing world, and yet very few students actually have access to a computer. AfricAid installs basic computer labs in each partner school in Northern Tanzania where we work. This allows both AfricAid program participants (Kisa Scholars) and the wider student body to develop computer skills and access information technology. We contract a computer service technician to undertake regular preventative maintenance and to undertake any necessary repair work.
Technician Eddie undertakes routine maintenance once per year. This is a busy time for him – we currently have 13 partner schools and are about to add four more! Each lab has ten machines which have been supplied by AfricAid. Eddie travels to each school accompanied by an AfricAid staff member, and with the school IT Teacher looking on, cleans, updates, tests and repairs each machine.
We’ve included a few photos of a recent maintenance visit to Moringe Sokoine Secondary School in Monduli District. Again we’d like to say a very big thank you to all those who have supported us to provide and maintain computer labs for Tanzanian secondary school students. Having even just a rudimentary knowledge of computers can make a difference to the future success of a student.
We’re very happy to provide you with another update on AfricAid’s Kisa Project, which with your support, provides life-changing training and mentoring for secondary school girls in Tanzania.
In addition to the regular curriculum, taught through the weekly two-hour long Kisa Class, Kisa Scholars take part in a number of other training and development activities. One of the most important ones is the End of Year One Presentations.
Year One Presentations allow Scholars to draw on much of what they have learned throughout their first year by undertaking a community assessment. With the support of their Kisa Mentor, each Scholar identifies an issue or problem of particular concern to the community they assess and then identifies a creative and sustainable solution. They then present their community, issues and solution to a panel of three judges and an audience of their peers. Common issues include poor sanitation, lack of educational opportunities, poor health facilities and violence against women.
The Presentations allow Scholars develop and practice skills such as research, evaluation and public speaking. While most are quite nervous about giving their presentation, the celebrations afterwards are always enjoyed by all.