Lucas helping clear the way for material transport
Greetings friends and supporters of Project Wezesha,
Thank you so much for your kind and generous support of the project to provide a school for 1,000 children in Tanzania! Your contributions to this project are funding the 16 classroom Amahoro Secondary School, which will be the first ever for the village of Mgaraganza village and the other four villages in the district. We are excited about the outpouring of support in recent months and feel confident that we will be able to reach our goal of completing this school by the summer of 2013.
Some of the obstacles to progress this past year were the unavoidable rainy seasons that take away approximately 6 working months per year and an unfortunate accident that resulted in the breaking of our General Contractor, Isaya's hand. Fortunately, Isaya has healed nicely and is back to work with his crew. Now that funds are streaming back through the project, thanks to the help of you and other fabulous supporters, the building is rolling out as we speak!
On Friday, June 15th, we hosted our 2nd Annual Raise the Roof fundraiser in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a fun event with live music, a silent auction and raffle. On our website, you can read more about the local supporters and musical talent, without whom this event would not have happened. The event raised $3,500 - which goes a long way for our project! Big thanks to all the volunteers who made the night a success!
We also want to acknowledge the amazing support of the first year medical students at the University of Texas at Austin. Together, with their mentor, Dr. Oakes they raised $15,000 for Project Wezesha!
Finally, we are excited about the wedding of Shelmina and Minaz. Shelmina was raised in Tanzania and Minaz was raised in Uganda. They have been living in the US for many years now and wanted to give back to their home countries. They're starting in Tanzania by asking their friends and family to donate to this project in lieu of gifts for their upcoming July wedding! So far, the impact has been tremendous and Shelmina and I believe we may be building another school together sooner than later!
Please stay tuned as I venture to Kigoma, Tanzania on July 11th to track progress, have meetings with the villagers and local government and of course - take many pictures and videos of the project in action! You'll be able to watch your dollars at work by checking our Facebook page and website over the summer months.
We are sincerely grateful for all your support and the trust you place in us to carry your donation to its final destination > Amahoro Secondary School!
With love and gratitude,
Rai Farrelly and Lucas Lameck
co-founders, Project Wezesha
The villagers and laborers transporting bricks
Lovely Cambriah Heaton singing at Raise the Roof
Lucas hard at work
The new walls going up - roofs coming soon!