Feed 600 Children School Lunch in Tanzania

by AfricAid, Inc.
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Losinoni village is in the Oldonyo Sambu District of Northern Tanzania and the children that attend the local primary school are all drawn from the surrounding Maasai villages. The school started in 1975 with just 80 students and now has close to 600. The youngest are the 4-5 year olds in ‘nursery school’ and the oldest are those in their final year of primary school, Standard 7.

Many students walk over 3 miles in each direction to attend school each day, frequently doing so on an empty stomach.  Making things even more difficult for the children, many suffer skeletal fluorosis because of the very high fluoride levels in the local water supply.

AfricAid began supporting Losinoni Primary School in 2004 and since then has been involved in a number of projects including classroom construction and renovation, provision of desks, building toilets, providing a computer and printer for staff use, and the highly successful school lunch program. We also oversaw the installation of rainwater tanks so that the school is able to provide safe drinking water for students and staff, and to cook the daily lunch using uncontaminated, fluoride-free water.

Since the introduction of the school lunch program, school attendance has increased, student concentration levels have increased, and there is more active classroom participation. As a result, student performance in the national Standard Seven Examinations has risen from a pass rate of just 23% in 2004, to 87% in 2014!  By way of comparison, the national pass rate for 2014 was 57%. In 2014 Losinoni was ranked the number one primary school in the district.

AfricAid believes there are three main reasons for Losinoni’s outstanding success:

  • Losinoni has teachers and administrators who care deeply about improving learning outcomes for the children
  • The children are welcomed each day to safe, cheerful classroom buildings and campus
  • A hot, delicious, nutritious meal of makande is served for lunch each day. 

The School Lunch Program has been listed on Global Giving for more than five years now and we feel it is the right time to consider other methods of fund-raising for the program. So while we are withdrawing this project from Global Giving, AfricAid will continue to support Losinoni Primary School and donors who would like to contribute to the highly successful school lunch program can do so directly through the AfricAid website. Just visit www.africaid.com and go to the Donations page.

We'd like to express our deep gratitude for the role you have played in being part of this success story, and hope that you will continue to support Losinoni PrimarySchool. 

Classrooms at Losinoni
Classrooms at Losinoni

Undoubtedly, there are many primary schools in Tanzania that would benefit from some extra assistance.  While AfricAid aren’t able to provide support too EVERY school that needs it, we are making a huge difference at Losinoni Primary School, thanks to the support of people like you! Losinoni is a school on the outskirts of Arusha, the region in which AfricAid have been working for almost 15 years.

The children that attend the school are all drawn from the local Maasai villages. The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in Tanzania. Because of the poverty many experience, and with the changing times, it is essential that these children get at least a basic education. This increases their life chances across a whole range of measures including physical health, life expectancy, earning potential and general well-being. For girls, education will mean that they are less likely to marry and bear children at a young age, be a victim of domestic violence, and suffer the extreme poverty that disproportionately affects women.

Losinoni Primary School started in 1975 with just 80 students. It now has close to 600. The youngest are the 4-5 year olds in ‘nursery school’ and the oldest are those in their final year of primary school, Standard 7. Many students walk over 3 miles in each direction to attend school each day, frequently doing so on an empty stomach.  Making things even more difficult for the children, many suffer skeletal fluorosis because of the very high fluoride levels in the local water supply. The school currently has 12 teachers and class sizes are large.

AfricAid has been involved in a number of projects at Losinoni including classroom construction and renovation, provision of desks, building toilets, providing a computer and printer for staff use, and the highly successful school lunch program.

The school lunch program is critical to the success of Losinoni students and we are extremely grateful for your donation through Global Giving.

The Losinoni Environment
The Losinoni Environment
A Typical Classroom Scene
A Typical Classroom Scene
Students are more attentive in class
Students are more attentive in class

AfricAid staff undertake regular site visits to Losinoni Primary School, where we administer a school lunch program, as well as receiving written project reports from the school administration. AfricAid has been supporting Losinoni since 2004 and has implemented a number of successful initiatives at this rural primary school, which serves local Maasai communities. We’re delighted to be able to share some of the highlights of the latest report from the school with our Global Giving supporters.

Losinoni currently has 557 students enrolled. A new primary school opened in the area a short time ago, and is closer to the homes of some of the students, who have since transferred there.

Since the introduction of the school lunch program at Losinoni, the Principal reports that school attendance has increased, student concentration levels have increased, and there is more active classroom participation. This has meant that student performance in the national Standard Seven Examinations (the last year of Primary School) has continued to rise. In 2004, when AfricAid commenced working with Losinoni, only 23% of Losinoni students passed the exam; in 2014 this number was 87%!  We’re absolutely delighted with this result, and look forward to it growing further. By way of comparison, the national pass rate for 2014 was 57%.

All of this is made possible because of support from people like you! We’re extremely grateful for the support we receive from our generous Global Giving donors.

Thanks to the School Lunch Program, there is even enough energy for a game of netball at lunchtime!

Lunch time!
Lunch time!
Older students enjoy a game of netball
Older students enjoy a game of netball
Tanks Collecting Rainwater
Tanks Collecting Rainwater

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.

Makande Being Served for Lunch
Makande Being Served for Lunch
A Class in Progress at Losinoni Primary School
A Class in Progress at Losinoni Primary School
Makande
Makande

Losinoni village is in Northern Tanzania. The people who live in and around Losinoni are primarily Maasai, and they face incredibly harsh conditions in that area. Each day, around 600 children make their way to Losinoni Primary School, and despite the difficult terrain, lack of safe drinking water, and ongoing threats to their family’s food supply, these children learn and thrive. In 2014, it was ranked the #1 primary school in the district.

AfricAid believes there are three main reasons for Losinoni’s success:

  • Losinoni Primary School has teachers and administrators who care deeply about improving learning outcomes for the children
  • The children are welcomed each day to safe, cheerful classroom buildings and campus
  • A hot, delicious, nutritious meal of makande is served for lunch each day. 

Through the AfricAid School Lunch Program, the children of Losinoni Primary School have enough fuel to sustain them in their studies. They eat makande, a traditional Tanzanian dish of stewed beans and corn. The dish is especially popular among the Pare and Chagga people of the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania, but the dish is eaten throughout the country, especially by school children. The reason is simple: makande provides a nutritious, “whole protein” meal at a relatively low cost. Swahili Mom Kitchen offers a great recipe for makande – why no try it yourself? There’s a link to the recipe below.

With the support of our donors, AfricAid will continue to ensure that the children of Losinoni are able to thrive. We’d like to again say a big thank you to you for donating to the School Lunch Program through Global Giving.

Queuing for Lunch
Queuing for Lunch
Looking Forward to Eating
Looking Forward to Eating
The Cook Also Serves the Children
The Cook Also Serves the Children
Studying Hard
Studying Hard

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AfricAid, Inc.

Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.africaid.com
Project Leader:
Maria Galter
Executive Director
Denver, CO United States

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