MEF Nov 2022 Newsletter

MEF MATCHING FUNDRAISERS – WE HAVE TWO THIS GIVING SEASON!

Nov. 15 – Meta Recurring Donation Matching Program

Nov. 29 – Dec 31 MEF #GivingTuesday Matching Fundraiser

      DONATE NOV. 15 OR 29 TO POTENTIALLY DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

Message from Theo, MEF Board Chairperson: It has been another amazing year for MEF and the Engaruka English Medium Primary School (EEMPS). Highlights of the past 12 months are listed below and detailed in the newsletter.

  • So far in 2022:
    • We have received $134,388 in donations.
    • We sent $156,486 to EEMPS for student sponsorships/operating funds, finishing construction and furnishing the new girl’s dormitory, and constructing the new waterline to the school.
    • We had $348 in non-program expenses (postage, bank and eBay fees, etc.) so 99.74% of your donations go directly to Tanzania. We are 100% volunteers with no salaries.
  • For 2022, we have 185 children at EEMPS in pre-school through 5th grade. We will have a new pre-school class and our 5th graders will become 6th graders in January. In 2024 we will complete our planned pre-school through 7th grade.
  • In October 2021, our 4th graders took the school’s first national exams and ranked in the top 2% of Tanzania schools with less than 40 students per class. Our 2022 4th graders took the same exam the last week in October 2022, and we are hoping for similar results.
  • Our 120-bed girls’ dormitory is complete, partially furnished, and was occupied by 96 girls and 24 boys in May.
  • A new 2-inch water supply pipeline for the school was completed in October. Previously, the school obtained water from an inadequate 1-inch shared pipeline. The new $53,000 pipeline was funded by MEF and Brand g Vacations.
  • MEF board members traveled to EEMPS with Virginia Tech Service without Borders (SWB) students in May. The SWB students donated a computer lab to the school with 12 laptops, LCD projector, etc. and trained students and teachers in the use of the computers. An EEMPS staff member is continuing the computer classes at the school.
  • Planned 128-bed boys’ dormitory – we have raised approximately $55,000 to start construction of a boy’s dormitory, initially identical to the girls’ dormitory. Because of the increased construction costs, we are exploring ways to reduce costs. We hope to start construction in early 2023 with 32 boys living in one dorm wing by the end of 2023.
  • The school has a cellular modem and connection to the internet, but the bandwidth is inadequate for reliable Zoom meetings and the computer lab and has been unreliable for the past 4 or 5 months. Consequently, funding a satellite internet connection or possible 5G cellular service is a priority for the Nov. 29, 2022 GivingTuesday fundraiser.
  • Our 2021 GivingTuesday and 2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraisers were huge successes, raising $51,345 and $54,601, respectively! Both fundraisers exceeded our goals. Funds raised were used primarily for construction of the completed girl’s dormitory and water supply pipeline, furnishing the girls dormitory, school sponsorships/operating funds and they will be used for the proposed boys’ dormitory. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!

Nov. 15, 2022 Meta Recurring Donation Matching Fundraiser

Make a recurring donation of up to $100/month on the MEF Facebook page and MEF will receive up to $100 match from Meta after you make your second automatic donation. You can continue monthly donations or cancel them after the second donation, and we will still receive the match (until Meta matching funds run out). Detailed instructions are available at: https://maasaieducationfoundation.org/2022-meta-matching-fundraiser-for-mef/. Donations will go towards scholarships, an internet connection, photovoltaic system improvements, dormitory furnishings and a planned boys’ dormitory. Our goal for this fundraiser is 50 recurring $100 donations and $5000 in Meta match.

#GivingTuesday Matching FundraiserNov. 29 to Dec 31, 2022 – Double your impact!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year starts November 29, 2022, 8AM EST and runs through December. Our goal is to raise $35,000 for 2023 school sponsorship/operating costs and $5,000 for an improved school internet connection, girls’ dormitory furnishings, refurbishing the school’s photovoltaic system and the proposed boys’ dormitory. This goal includes funds received through the Nov. 15 Meta Recurring Donation Matching Fundraiser. MEF donors are currently supporting 57 primary school students and $39,900 is required to fund these students again in 2023. Only 18% of students attending EEMPS come from families that pay tuition and fees. The rest are classified as charity students by EEMPS and are supported by MEF and other donors. The cost to sponsor a boarding student for the 11 months that they are at the school each year is $700. This pays for their tuition, room and board, school uniforms, medical care, etc. MEF is committed to providing $70,000 in sponsorship/operating funds to EEMPS during the 2023 school year. If you donate after 8AM ET on Nov. 29, 2022, MEF donors have pledged to match at least the first $15,000 in donations. The first $35,000 in donations will go towards school’s 2023 sponsorship/operating costs and additional donations and match will go towards improving the school’s internet connection, photovoltaic system, etc. To donate by credit card via Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiEducationFoundation/ and click on the blue DONATE button. To donate by credit card via the MEF PayPal Giving Fund go to: https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2457198. Donations from either Facebook or PayPal Giving Fund are eligible for the MEF match depending upon the time they are submitted with first come, first serve. Checks payable to Maasai Education Foundation may be mailed to 345 Woods Ln, Newport, VA 24128. Please help us make this fundraiser a success. If a corporate match is possible for your donation, please sign up for your corporate match. Pledges – If you want to participate in the fundraiser but plan to make your donation after the first of the year, please email, text 540-922-2971 or mail us your pledge.

Message from Martha, EEMPS Manager: The Engaruka English Medium School (EEMPS) seeks to provide a safe home and learning environment that promotes enthusiasm and passion to the neediest students from pastoralist Maasai communities. Our focus has always been on making our students wonderful human beings, both personally and academically. The nurturing community we provide ensures a thorough grounding of students for overall personality development. As we come close to the end of our 4th year, we would like to recognize and thank the Maasai Education Foundation, other educational partners and donors, our staff, parents, and our students for making our success possible. Extra activities and academics are blended to create unique learning experiences for the students. The school aims to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the field of sports, academics, sciences, administration, and social welfare. The basic moral values at EEMPS, such as respect for others and our nation, truthfulness, and basic sets of behavior and principles, are inculcated to enable students and to understand our rich cultural Maasai values. Together, we are creating an educational environment that prepares our students to be good citizens that will contribute to the prosperity, integrity, and survival of Maasai society. In a more special way, we sincerely express our thanks and appreciation to the Maasai Education Foundation and Brand g Vacations for funding the school’s new water line project, which was completed this past October. As the school enrollment increased and particularly over the past two years, we have experienced water shortages that made good personal hygiene on campus difficult. We now have sufficient safe and clean water for many years of future growth and excess water for the school’s livestock and gardens.

Girl’s Dormitory Completion: Our new 120-bed girls’ dormitory was completed, dedicated, and occupied in May 2022. Wings were dedicated to Theo A Dillaha Jr. (memorial wing), the Crane Family Foundation of Columbus, Ohio, and Maria Paapa Kingi and Daphne Kibler (the two young girls whose friendship led to the founding of MEF). Another memorial wing will be dedicated this coming summer. Each of the five wings houses 24 girls and has 4 restrooms and a laundry area. The central hub between the wings has an apartment for the dorm matron, a small library, and a large study area.

Service Without Borders (SWB) Update: SWB is a student organization at Virginia Tech that volunteers in communities around the world. Working with MEF, SWB students have worked at EEMPS since 2017 and most recently May 2022. During COVID, SWB funded a cellular modem for the school, a satellite TV connection, and a large screen TV and then started a weekly reading program with students in the reading club via Zoom. For their May 2022 trip, SWB funded a computer lab at the school with 12 laptops and an LCD projector and then taught students and faculty how to use the laptops. They are continuing a bi-weekly reading program with students. A short video of SWB reading session is available at: https://youtu.be/RApcMF3KksY. SWB will return to the school in May 2023 for a new service-learning activity.

New School Water Pipeline: When the school opened in 2018, its water supply was a shared 1-inch community waterline from the Engaruka River. For the first two years when we only had 40 or so girls living at the school and the boys lived with local families, the existing water supply was adequate. However, in 2019 as enrollment continued to increase, the school began to experience significant water shortages. In 2019, a group of tourists visiting the school with Brand g Vacations donated $11,000 to the school for future water system improvements. By late 2021 the water situation had become critical and EEMPS requested assistance from MEF. A fundraising campaign for a new water system was started and MEF raised an additional $42,010 to construct the pipeline. Construction started in September and the pipeline was completed in October 2022. The new 2 mile long 2-inch pipeline will supply the school with all the water it ever needs and there will be adequate water for the school livestock and gardens.

Safari Anyone? If you are interested in visiting the school and going on safari or hiking up Kilimanjaro, MEF can put you in touch with great Tanzania safari companies that cost a fraction of US travel companies. Trips are with guides and companies that we have used and trust. For more information, please email maasaieducationfoundation@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a phone or video conference to discuss.

Boys Dormitory Plans: The school desperately needs a boy’s dormitory. Boys are currently living in our future library and one wing of the girl’s dormitory. We currently have 7 classrooms, and they will all be used in 2023 for pre-school through 6th grade. In 2024, will need to use the future library for 7th grade and the boys will not have a place to live. Originally, the boy’s dormitory was to be identical to the girls’ dormitory but due to the increased costs of materials and labor, our price estimate for the boys’ dorm is now 60% higher than the girls and more than we can afford. Consequently, a new design was developed that concentrates all the restrooms and laundry facilities in one wing and the dorm in phases. Phase I will consist of one dormitory wing, the partially completed restroom/laundry wing and the completed central hub. Additional wings will be added and completed as funding becomes available (approximately $20,000 each). The central hub portion of the boy’s dormitory will be used as temporary dorm area until the additional wings are added. Each of the four wings will house 32 boys. We are waiting for a Phase I cost estimate. We already have $55,000 set aside for Phase I and hope to start construction by March 2023. We will probably need to raise another $35,000 to $45,000 to complete Phase I.

Student Sponsorships: Lomayana Lemaina is a 10-year-old boy from Engaruka. His father has two wives and Lomayana is the 5th of his mother’s 8 children. He was bitten by a cobra and lost his leg. Lomayana currently attends the local public primary school but misses a lot of school because the school is over 2 miles from his home, and he has difficulty walking that far. Lomayana will be admitted to EEMPS in January 2023 and will start in a combination of 1st and 2nd grade until he catches up. At EEMPS he will be within 100 yards of his classrooms. He says he is very thankful that now he is going to live at school, receive good food and have a nice place to sleep. Lomayana needs a sponsor. Interested in sponsoring a child such as Lomayana? A student sponsorship is $700 per year and supports the child for 11 months and includes their tuition, fees, clothing, room and board, medical care, etc. You can also provide partial support for a child. For more info, please email maasaieducationfoundation@gmail.com.

HOW TO DONATE

BY CHECK: Send checks payable to the Maasai Education Foundation, 345 Woods Lane, Newport, VA 24128.

BY CREDIT CARD (with no fees): https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2457198

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MEF, PLEASE VISIT

https://maasaieducationfoundation.org or

https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiEducationFoundation/

Email: maasaieducationfoundation@gmail.com

Text: 540-922-2971

Meta Recurring Donation Matching Fundraiser – Nov. 15

Facebook has done away with its traditional GivingTuesday matching program and replaced it with a matching program for people that set up recurring monthly donations through a charity’s Facebook donation button. This new program will start on Nov. 15, 2022 and run through December 31, 2022. Meta has not released the time that the program will kick off. It was 8am Eastern Time previously. Under the new program, Meta will match up to $100 per donor.

Steps to participate in the new Meta donation matching program

  • You must have a Facebook account to participate. If you don’t have a Facebook account and wish to participate, you’ll need to create your account in advance of Nov. 15th.
  • To participate in the new Meta match program on Nov 15, go to the Maasai Education Foundation Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiEducationFoundation/) on Nov. 15, hit the blue MEF “Donate” button and set up a recurring monthly donation.
  • Facebook will match up to $100 in monthly recurring donations per person, so the optimum benefit for MEF is if you set up a $100 recurring monthly donation but we welcome anything.
  • When your second recurring monthly donation occurs, Meta will match the 1st donation you made on Nov. 15, up to $100. The December and subsequent recurring donations are not matched though we would of course love receiving them.
  • Since two donations are required to receive match, Meta’s match is essentially 50%.
  • In summary, if you set up a recurring donation on Nov. 15, your credit card will be charged the amount of your donation on Nov. 15th and then again on Dec 15th and MEF would receive a one-time match from Meta for your Nov. 15 donation. The match offered by Meta is up to $100. So, if you donated $75/month, MEF would receive a one-time $75 match.
  • After your December donation is made and MEF has received the match as described above, you may, if desired, stop the recurring donation. Steps to stop recurring donations after the December donation is charged to your credit card are as follows:

For iPhone or Android Device

  • On your iPhone or Android device, open m.facebook.com
    • Tap Main Menu in the top right of Facebook.
    • Scroll down and tap Meta Pay.
    • Tap See all next to Recurring Payments and select the recurring donation you want to cancel.
    • At the bottom, tap Cancel Subscription.
    • Tap Cancel Recurring Donation, then tap Cancel.

To make sure that the recurring donation was canceled, you can go back into the “Recurring Payments” section of Meta Pay and tap on the donation. The status will say “Cancelled.”

For a Personal Computer

  • On your PC, open your Facebook page at facebook.com
    • Tap your profile picture on the top right
    • Select Settings & privacy
    • Select Settings
    • Select Orders and payments under Settings on the far left (You will see the credit cards you have on file and any recent donation activity)
    • Select recurring payments (any recurring payments you have will be listed)
    • Select the recurring payment you want to cancel
    • At the bottom, tap Cancel Subscription.
    • Tap Cancel Recurring Donation, then tap Cancel.

To make sure that the recurring donation was canceled, you can go back into the “Recurring Payments” section of Meta Pay and tap on the donation. The status will say “Cancelled.”

Once again, we would appreciate a recurring monthly donation but if you would like to make a larger donation and be match on GivingTuesday, make your one-time donation after 8am Eastern Time on GivingTuesday, Nov 29 and your donation will be matched until our matching funds are exhausted. Currently, we have $10,000 in pledged GivingTuesday matching funds.

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

As usual our donors came through and we have exceeded out MEF Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser goal of $41,086. As of a few moments ago, donors have given or pledged $41,201 and we had $12,700 in donations that will be matched for a grand total of $53,901.

Thank you notes and tax receipts for charitable donations will be going out via email or letter in mid-August.

Because of you:

  • Three more children at the school have sponsors
  • MEF will send an additional $20,000 to the school to fulfill our 2022 operating funds/sponsorships goal of $60,000.
  • We will send funds to the school to start construction of Phase I of the proposed boys’ dormitory. Phase I consists of the dormitory central hub, matron’s quarters, two complete wings that will house 48 boys, and the foundations and floors for the remaining three wings (Phase II). Note: We will not start construction until we receive an updated bid for the construction of Phase I because we believe that the prices of construction materials have increased since we received the original bid.
  • We will be upgrading the school’s photovoltaic (PV) system so it can provide electricity later in the evening and hopefully until morning. The batteries are currently exhausted between 8 and 9 pm every night. We believe that the three year-old PV batteries need to be replaced and an additional solar panel or two may be needed. We do not want to invest too much in the PV system as the government is in the process of bring public electricity to the school. Power poles have already been installed to the school but there are no power lines and it could be months or longer before they are installed and connected.
  • Girls currently sleeping two per bed in the girls dormitory will get their own beds. We plan to purchase 24 bunk beds, 48 mattresses. and storage lockers so the girls will have a place to keep their few personal items. In the short-term, we may buy 120 plastic storage bins that the students can store under their bunk beds if lockers are too expensive.

A huge thank you to the following who donated or made pledges for the 2022 MEF Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser: Andrew, Angela, Angie, Anonymous, Audrey, Barbara, Bill, Bob, Brian, Bridgette, Bud, Carl, Charles, Christy, Daniel, Darius, David, Dorothy, Earl, Elaine, Elizabeth, Ellen, Eric, Essra, Eugene, Fathima, Franklin, Gail, Glenda, Glenn, Gordon, Harvey, Jackie, Jake, Jan, Jo, Joan, John, Joyce, Karen, Kris, Laura, Lee Anne, Lynne, Margie, Martha, Maureen, Michael, Nancy, Pat, Patty, Paul, Paula, Peggy, Phil, Rachel, Randy, Rebecca, Rex and Jan, Russ, Saied, Sang Min, Scott, Stepping Stone Fields, Steve, Sunita, Suzanne, Sylvia, Theo, Tiffany, Tom, Wayne, and Zeena! You are incredibly generous and making a differences in the lives of the Maasai children at the Engaruka English Medium Primary School!

3 Days to Go on Mid-Year Fundraiser and Getting Close!

Three days left in our 2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser and oh so close to our goal! We are at 87% of our $41,086 goal. We still have $2,409 in matching funds available!

It is easy to donate and every donation helps. If you use Facebook, and want to pay by credit card, just click https://www.facebook.com/donate/697276468032938/ and then click on the blue Donate button.

You can donate via the PayPal Giving Fund and credit card by clicking https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2457198.

You can also mail checks payable to MEF at 345 Woods Ln, Newport, VA 24128.

The fundraiser will provide funds to: operate the Engaruka English Medium Primary School through December; start construction of a boys’ dormitory; purchase bunk beds, mattresses, etc. for the new girls dormitory; and expand the school’s photovoltaic system. Total funds contributed so far (including checks and PayPal Giving Fund) are $17,511 with $5,011 of those funds matched.

Additional details on the Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser are available by clicking the following link: https://maasaieducationfoundation.org/2022/07/03/1485/.

A huge thank you to all our wonderful donors. We’ll be sending out a final update on the fundraiser in in mid-August to all that donated.

2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser

Two weeks into our 2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser and 13 days to go! We are at 44% of our $41,086 goal. We still have $7,189 in matching funds available so please contribute so we do not lose those.

It is easy to donate and every donation helps. If you use Facebook, and want to pay by credit card, just click https://www.facebook.com/donate/697276468032938/ and then click on the blue Donate button.

You can donate via the PayPal Giving Fund and credit card by clicking https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2457198.

You can also mail checks payable to MEF at 345 Woods Ln, Newport, VA 24128.

The fundraiser will provide funds to: operate the Engaruka English Medium Primary School through December; start construction of a boys’ dormitory; purchase bunk beds, mattresses, etc. for the new girls dormitory; and expand the school’s photovoltaic system. Total funds contributed so far (including checks and PayPal Giving Fund) are $17,511 with $5,011 of those funds matched.

Additional details on the Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser are available by clicking the following link: https://maasaieducationfoundation.org/2022/07/03/1485/.

A huge thank you to Charles, Daniel, David, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Ellen, Gene, Gail, Gordon, Jackie, Karen, Kris, Margie, Martha, Michael, Phil, Randy, Russ, Sang Min, Sylvia, Tiffany, Zeena and other anonymous donors for your generous donations.

Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser Update

We are 10 days into our 2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser to raise funds to operate the school for the remainder of the year ($24,875) and $16,211 to start construction of a boys’ dormitory. So far we have raised $6,691 of our $41,086 goal and all of those donations have been matched.

Additional details on the Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser are available by clicking the following link: https://maasaieducationfoundation.org/2022/07/03/1485/.

It is easy to donate and every donation helps. 

If you use Facebook, and want to pay by credit card, just click HERE and then click on the blue Donate button.

You can donate via the PayPal Giving Fund and credit card by clicking HERE

You can also mail checks payable to MEF at 345 Woods Ln, Newport, VA 24128.
The cost to sponsor a child at the school is $700/year ($350 for the remainder of 2022) and includes all tuition, fees, room and board for the 11 months that students are at the school. Sponsors receive their child’s report cards as well as occasional videos and updates on the child. Hopefully with the new computer lab, child-sponsor communications will improve (video chats, emails, etc.). If you would like to sponsor a child, please email us.

MEF 2022 Mid-Year Matching Fundraiser

The board approved a 2022 Mid-Year Fundraiser with matching funds at our April board meeting to raise $24,875 in 2022 sponsorship/operating funds and $16,211 to start construction of a boys’ dormitory for a total of $41,086. In addition, we have matching fund commitments of up to $12,700 that will be used to partially furnish the recently completed Girls’ Dormitory and expand the school’s photovoltaic system.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! UP TO $12,700 IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR MEF’S MID-YEAR MATCHING FUNDRAISER!

Boys Dormitory Funding Goal: The proposed boys’ dormitory will be a duplicate of the recently completed girls’ dormitory. When completed the boys’ dormitory will house 124 boys and a matron. Phase I of construction will consist for a central hub and two dormitory wings that will house 48 students and their matron. One of the wings is dedicated to Lorene Benham, the mother of Brian Benham (MEF board member). Brian Benham and his family and friends are raising funds to construct her memorial wing. The cost of Phase I is $82,171 and we need $41,000 to start construction. We have already raised some funds and an additional $16,211 is needed before we can start construction.

Recently completed EEMPS Girls’ Dormitory

2022 EEMPS Sponsorship/Operating Funds Goal: Our 2022 Sponsorship/Operating Funds Goal is $60,000, which provides approximately half of the Engaruka English Medium Primary School’s operating funds. The remainder of the operating funds are raised by our partners in Tanzania. The school currently has 185 students in pre-school through 5th grade and only a handful of student’s families can afford the tuition, room and board and other fees. We need to raise an additional $24,875 to meet our 2022 goal. Sponsorship/operating funds pay for teacher and other EEMPS staff salaries and benefits, food for students and staff, teaching supplies and clothing and medical care for the students. If you designate your donation specifically for a child sponsorship ($700/year), you can pick a specific child to sponsor (in full or part) at https://maasaieducationfoundation.org/students-needing-sponsors-2/ and then notify us about the child you chose by emailing maasaieducationfoundation@gmail.com or calling 540-922-2971.

EEMPS school children, May 20, 2022

Matching Funds: We currently have commitments for $12,700 in matching funds. The first $10,000 in matching funds will be used to help furnish the new Girl’s Dormitory and $2,700 will be used to expand the school’s photovoltaic system until public electric grid reaches the school. We also

Girls’ Dormitory Furnishings: We do not have a specific fundraising goal but we welcome additional donations to furnish the Girls’ Dormitory. Girls’ Dormitory designated donations will be used to purchase the following items: bunk beds (24 @ $209 each); mattresses (48 @ $28 each), and student storage lockers (5 @ $639 each). Eventually the school will need an additional 24 bunk beds, 48 mattresses and 16 student locker units). We hope to furnish the dorm during the student’s August break.

EEMPS Trip Report and Recommendations

May 18-31, 2022

Participants: Jarek Campbell, Steve Conner, Theo Dillaha, Hallie Tucker, MaryGrace Van Dervort

Observations:

  1. So much progress since our last trip in August 2019. 185 students in 6 grades now and 10 teachers plus staff.
  2. The Crane Classroom and Restroom Buildings are being fully utilized.
  3. The New Girls’ Dormitory is more than 95% complete and children are living in three wings. Electrical and plumbing systems complete. A few brick work deficiencies need to be completed/corrected.
  4. Children and staff seem healthy and happy and enthusiastic about learning and teaching.
  5. Students are very responsible. They do much of the cleaning work (buildings, clothes, grounds) and some older students work in the kitchen and assist with serving food, etc. All students clean their own dishes and clothes.
  6. Response to computers donated by Service without Borders and to computer classes offered by SWB students was great. Neither wanted to leave when classes were over. The school secretary and new public relations person are good with computers and will continue classes for teachers and students. The bookkeeper could probably help also.
  7. Power poles now come to school. During visit to school by district commissioner, he ordered the district electrical engineer to develop a plan to get electricity to school ASAP.
  8. District commissioner ordered water engineer to facilitate water supply improvement for the school (resolve land issues associated with new pipeline to school).
  9. Tom Neils was at the school when we arrived. He inspected the new dorm so he could make modifications to the design of the proposed boys dormitory. He is also working on a comprehensive site plan for the school.
  10. New PR person, Olar Paul seems great. I think we made a good investment. He is also going to teach computer classes at the school.

Challenges:

  1. School has outgrown its water supply. Water inadequate for good personal hygiene and construction of new buildings. Need new pipeline ASAP. Have asked Martha to update pipeline cost estimate given increase in cost of construction materials.
  2. School has outgrown the photovoltaic system donated by Service without Borders. Electricity is adequate during the day but power only lasts until 8:30 PM or so at night. Probably need a few more solar panels and batteries to extend power at night and in the early morning. Martha is requesting an analysis by a solar energy firm to see what expansion is needed to get us by until the school is connected to the public electrical grid (could be months to years).
  3. Cellular modem for wifi at the school works but is very slow. Seems like hotspots provided by newer cell phones are better. Situation not likely to improve until school gets satellite internet connection.
  4. There are currently no funds to buy additional bunk beds and furnishings for students moving to the new Girls’ Dormitory.
  5. Most students are using the Crane Restroom Building and it is overused. Situation should be changing now that the new dormitory is open as each of the 5 wings has 4 bathrooms with toilet, shower and sink. May need new water pipeline for all the new restrooms to be functional but situation will still be better even if water is short as children can bath and flush toilets with buckets of water.
  6. On some days we observed what appeared to be sewage rising to the surface near wastewater lines behind the dining hall. Did not know if this was the result of inadequate sewer line slope, partially blocked pipes or backup from the large septic tank. Construction of a second dormitory will require a second drain pit or other wastewater disposal option. Might be wise to consider putting in a three-cell waste stabilization pond system after the current drain pit. The first two cells would treat the waste and the third cell could be used to grow fish with any liquid effluent being used for irrigation. Wastes could bypass the drain pit and go directly to the ponds when the drain pit is periodically desludged. The ponds would need to be surrounded by a chain link fence or other barrier to keep humans and animals out. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_stabilization_pond

Recommendations:

  1. MEF should release the remaining $7,874 budgeted for the Girls’ Dormitory so that construction can be completed. These funds should be adequate for completion of the necessary brick work and some minor roof truss issues.
  2. Water supply situation at the school must be addressed. MEF should start funding the new water pipeline ASAP.
  3. Some students are currently sleeping two to a bed and do not have any place to store their few personal belongings other than on their beds or in bags under their beds. Martha is preparing budget request for needed beds and storage lockers/units. Unclear to us how many additional beds are needed, probably about 24 so not a huge expense but also need mattresses, bedding, etc. We will see what Martha requests.
  4. MEF should fund a limited expansion of the school photovoltaic system to tide the school over until the school has public electricity. The photovoltaic system will still be needed after connection to the electrical grid because of public power system outages. There was an outage in Engaruka during our visit.
  5. A small electric drum cement mixer would improve the quality of concrete and mortar used for school construction by facilitating proper mixing and cement/sand/gravel rations. We should recommend its use on future MEF funded construction projects requiring concrete and mortar.

Upcoming Visit to EEMPS

We have not had any posts lately but that will change on May 17! Three students from Virginia Tech and two advisors/MEF Board members will visit the school May 18 to 31. During this period, we will provide daily updates on the school and our activities via the MEF Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiEducationFoundation/.

The participating students are with Service without Borders and they funded a computer lab at the school with 12 laptops, LCD projector, cellular modem, etc. The team will be training students and staff in laptop use and introducing educational software. Also reading with students daily as well as learning about Maasai culture. I will be interviewing students with sponsors and those needing sponsors and making videos for sponsors. While we are there, the new girls’ dormitory will be dedicated and our dining hall will be named in Peter Ozolins honor.

EEMPS National Exam Results!

𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 4𝒕𝒉 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈!

All 25 of our 4th graders took the exam and here are the results for our Group (schools with less that 40 students in 4th grade).

  • 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 / 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: 𝟭/𝟮𝟬 (𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗶 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘁?) – 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗲!
  • 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽: 𝟲/𝟮𝟰𝟱 (𝗔𝗿𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻) – 𝟵𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗲
  • 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽: 𝟲𝟯/𝟯𝟵𝟵𝟳 (𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗮𝗻𝘇𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮) – 𝟵𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗲
  • 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗔!

We are excited as this indicates that the Engaruka English Medium Primary School is an EXCELLENT Tanzania school. These results compare us with schools that have less than 40 students in 4th grade. Results comparing our school with all schools in Tanzania (regardless of size) are not available yet.