It’s happened – the new KYGN school opens


We have heard today from Annamariah Kanondo, KYGN Director, that the new school has opened!  The kanga project‘s partnership with KYGN means that some 170 children are now receiving a quality education at pre-primary and primary level, taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Crucially, they are learning English which is vital for progression to secondary education, but all too rarely available.  This is Phase 1 of the school which can accommodate around 200 children.  Plans are in development for a sustainable Phase 2. … read more »

Great news for our new partnership with KYGN


In June we announced our new partnership with Kilimanjaro Young Girls In Need (KYGN): to help them finish the first phase of the new school building in Mabogini, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. With our sincere thanks to a grant from the H. H. Wingate Foundation, given to the kanga project on behalf of KYGN, we are well on the way to completing the roof and we are doing all we can to raise funds to finish the first phase of the building. This is an ambitious project and the goal is ultimately to double the number of classrooms, build a vocational training centre, a safe house and a … read more »

a new partnership for 2013


Demonstrating the power of the Together 4 Africa coalition to unite small charities to work together, the kanga project has entered a partnership with Kilimanjaro Young Girls In Need (KYGN). We are working with KYGN to help them finish the much needed construction of a new school which will accommodate up to 250, 3-11 year old children for pre-primary and primary education in the rural village of Mabogini, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. the kanga project is fully behind this project as KYGN’s goal is to provide sound primary education that will ultimately help address the shocking … read more »

CSEE results – how did the girls do?

Nationally, the results of the CSEE exam (O-level, GCSE level equivalent) were the worst ever in the history of Tanzania, coming after a steady fall since 2007. So what of the girls staying at the Ilongero Sec School hostel?  Well check it here.  It gives us comfort that providing a conducive environment is one of the major steps to improving results. The rest is up to the Government and there is much soul searching with the President apologizing on the radio for the "beggar's belief" drop. While many of the reasons are obvious, such as poor quality of teaching, lack of teachers … read more »

1st fundraiser in Tanzania – fantastic

fashion show

The Abaya Luncheon Fashion Event taking place on 12th October in Dar es Salaam is the first fundraiser of Fatema Pardhan, a Tanzanian girl currently studying in Toronto.  This "fashion for education" event will showcase unique Abaya collections by three very talented and humanitarian designers, An Nisa, Asia Idarous and Mustafa Hassanali. 50% of the profit will be passed onto us to help with our education projects. Thank you Fatema and all involved. Check out the facebook event page and if you are lucky enough to be in Dar, why not book a place (women only). … read more »

wish them good luck

Form  Four Girls

12 of the girls staying at the hostel will start taking their final exams (GCSE's) between 8th and 19th October. We are all anxious to see if spending their last year of studies at the hostel and getting a few extra lessons these last few months has helped them. Wish them good luck. … read more »

Girls were asked to ‘piga kelele’ or to make a noise

life-skills workshop

At the end of June, Form 4 girls were offered a 3 day workshop in lifeskills. Our current volunteers, Nicole and Sarah did a great job in organising it and they have just sent the following detailed and entertaining report.  The objective of the workshop was to give girls, only a few months away from leaving school,  some skills and knowledge that would help them cope better with the demands and expectations they would now be faced with. Many of them will leave home and their familiar environment to look for work. Without confidence and the skills to stand up for themselves they would … read more »

Paul Bradford’s challenge


On 15th April, Paul will be running the Bungay Blackdog Marathon and needs your support. He has today created a Just Giving page to help with his fundraising, so please help him along. Paul is a teacher at a primary school that is in the early stages of linking with a primary school in Ilongero. The kids could do with a few educational resources and may be playful ones too and all the funds Paul raises will go to the primary school. Here is what Felicity, our Trustee, teacher at the UK school and project co-ordinator said about this new project. "I am wanting to introduce the kanga project … read more »

Girls’ hostel opens, 1st February 2012

The opening of a hostel for girls

"For me and Gloria, the head of Rural Women Development Association, there could not have been a more wonderful end to Wednesday 1st February, while we were actually conversing on Skype. A rather long email from one of our volunteers Nicole arrived packed with news and ideas. Near the end of it, Nicole announced, rather casually, that “the girls have moved into the hostel this evening”. This seemingly ordinary event for Nicole was to Gloria and me the final chapter of a nearly 3 year long drawn out battle with the authorities. Of course, we knew we had won the battle when last November we … read more »

Yoga mat bags

sewing (4)

Early in June 2011, a few women asked if we could help them learn to sew using pedal powered machines and may be start businesses. We asked around to see who else would be interested and soon had 15 women, mostly young ones keen to give it a go. We asked Sister Michaela and her staff Lidia and Anna from the local Catholic Mission if they would provide for an intensive 3 months course for them as they had sewing machines lying idle most of the time. In return the Mission would benefit from an additional income to help them with running their school for disabled girls. Classes were attended 4 … read more »

Monday’s wonderful news

Maasai girl going to school

Tetra Laval International SA have chosen the kanga project to be their beneficiary charity this Christmas. Expensive Christmas cards have been replaced by a donation to us and an electronic card bearing a message of support for our sponsorship programme. We can't thank them enough. So thank you, thank you, thank you. We are really chuffed to get this support (can you tell?) and are keeping our fingers crossed that some of the many people who will get to know about us will perhaps become interested in helping a girl get the education she needs to get herself and her community out of … read more »

Sponsoring in time for the new academic year


January is the start of a new year for students of classes I to IV at Secondary Schools in Tanzania. This new year we want to help more girls start and complete a secondary education and so we are adopting a new sponsorship system. Sponsorship monies will now be pooled rather than individually granted, giving us more flexibility in matching a gift to a need. You see, we have found that sometimes all a girl needs to carry on with her education is for her fees to be paid, while for another it is a uniform, or simply the comfort and energy of a meal during the day. Others, on the other hand may … read more »