Horray, after a year of turmoil throughout the world we would like to share some good news. Our dining hall continues to grow and construction is moving forward. Though the pandemic slowed our progress we continue to work towards our completion with your help.
We have hit a milestone of being one third of the way to completion. It is currently one room, in which our students gather for delicious meals and socialization, and at other times it is used for classroom space. Our goal is to complete the Dining Facility with two additional classrooms, a library and computer lab and make them available to all the students by next school year. Though March thru May is our rainy season and construction slows, we are gearing up so when the rain subsides and the sun consistently shines we have all of the materials necessary to continue our great progress.
Your continued financial support allows our students to enjoy their meals in a dry and dust free environment. The students laughter and engaging conversations continue to fill our school with joy. Our playing fields are filled with games and competitions and our courtyard with jump ropes and song. It is only ten years ago that we put our first brick down and now we have several buildings and a future Dining Facility on our campus. We are truly blessed to have your support and are overwhelmed with the confidence you have in our “little school”. Your donation does not just help us build a structure, it helps us provide opportunities for local children to grow and learn. It also provides an anchor for the community between the importances of an education and the future opportunities. The sayings “It takes a village to raise a child” is reflective of our goal. It is all due to people like you who have been so generous and continue our worthwhile project known as Ikirwa School Project.
As we progress we will continue to keep you informed of all that has been accomplished through pictures and letters. Please watch our progress and adventures in learning on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project.
With a new year upon us it is a time to reflect on the past year filled with accomplishments and success stories and formulate plans for the continued construction of our Dining Facility.
In November we were able to add a temporary roof on the first floor of our structure so the students could enjoy their meals in a dry and safe environment. Though there are windows to keep dust out and allow fresh air in and benches and tables for the students to share their meals on, there is still a long way to go. Our goal for the spring and summer, with your support, is to complete the first floor and begin progress on the second floor. Our progress has been slow, due to the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic, but we are hopeful that we will be able to maintain a forward momentum to attain our short term goals. We are still only a quarter of the way through our project but the sites and sounds of construction continue to be seen and heard throughout campus weekly.
It was once said that, “Goals help us achieve things that we once only dreamed of.” When we think back ten years we are reminded of the dreams of a school for the impoverished children of Midawe. Through hard work, dedication of our community and generous support of our donors we were able to not only build a school, but provide a world class education to the students in the surrounding villages. We will continue to dream and set goals for ourselves. There is always a new project that needs to be started and different avenues to be explored. Our goal for this year will be to bring our dining facility as close to completion as possible.
Stay safe and healthy in 2021 and ahsante sana for your continued support.
There is a wise African Proverb that states, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” With this in mind we continue to see progress on the construction of our dining hall due to our combined collective efforts. Recently, we were again cited by the Ministry of Health. Although pleased with the ongoing construction, they advised us to place a temporary roof on our in-progress facility. This would allow the students to gather, eat and enjoy their meals in a safer and healthier environment. We quickly complied and received permission to continue our construction.
Our dreams of building a dining facility continues at a slower rate, but we are making progress nonetheless. When we first dreamt of Ikirwa School we looked to the families in the surrounding villages to come together and help us physically build our classrooms. But it is your generous financial support that buys the materials with which we are building this dining hall and library complex.
Completion of this building is key to the financially sustainable future of our school community. Please continue to help us make our dining facility a reality.
It has been several months since we last updated you about our dining facility, and our news is twofold. The President of Tanzania has recently closed all schools due to COVID-19. Though we are happy to report that our staff and students continue to be well, our construction progress has come to a halt. The silence that now blankets our campus makes us yearn for the laughter and comradery of our children.
Prior to this Global Pandemic we were making tremendous progress. Daily, gravel was delivered and cement was continually being poured. Each day as we walked through the campus we were amazed at the transformation of this incredible structure. Currently, our first floor is fully framed and the cinder block walls are over 8ft tall. Your generosity had allowed us to build at a rate faster than we could have ever dreamed.
With a new season upon us, we look forward to our students and staff returning to school and construction resuming. Our dreams of building an incredible dining facility have been placed on hold, but for anyone who knows the people of the Midawe community knows how strong and resilient they are. It is at a time like this, when the world is in a holding pattern, that we understand the true meaning of our motto and why it epitomizes our incredible community’s spirit. “What you imagine you become.” We are ever changing, just like the world around us.
Your support in the past has amazed us, please don’t let it stop as construction has. The building and success of our school community is our future. Please continue to help us make our dining facility a reality.
We are truly thankful for the outpouring of generosity that we have received over the last several months. It is with great joy that we write to you about the impact of your donations. We are thrilled with the progress that has been made on the construction of our new dining facility. Layers of brick and cinder block continue to grow daily. We have had a great deal of rain lately and though it has slowed some of our momentum there isn’t a day that goes by that we can't look out our classroom windows and see the headway being made. There are walls! It is no longer just a foundation, but a true structure. The attached photos represent the lower level of the building where the academic office, assistant academic office and two additional classrooms, as well, a beautiful library and storage area will be housed. The excitement on campus is palpable.
It never ceases to amaze us how talented and supportive members of our local community. Their skills in construction and attention to detail allow us to be confident knowing that our dining hall will not only be a structure we will be proud of, but one that will last for many years to come. The goal of feeding 200 students two nutritious meals a day, in a kitchen that will support the ever growing population, seemed only a dream at the start of 2019, but now as we enter 2020 those dreams are coming to fruition. Your continued support of our mission is deeply gratifying to us and we hope it is the same for you.
For a school that started as a wish and later as a conversation over a campfire and grew one classroom at a time, we feel blessed. Our commitment to the families of the Madawe community and surrounding villages continues to be our number one priority. You have truly helped to make a difference for the students at Ikirwa School and for that we are extremely grateful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions, we would love the opportunity to speak to you and say ahsante sana again!
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