Project Penda is an initiative to improve the school facilities for the children of the Moshono Primary School in Tanzania. Education is an essential prerequisite for any society to advance. Project Penda works to help the students of the Moshono Primary School get a better start in life so they can make a greater contribution to their society.
One hundred percent of the money raised by Project Penda goes directly into building and improving the facilities at the Moshono Primary School. None of the money is used for middlemen or administration.
Director and Founder
2007: In July 2007, when I was 16 years old, I joined a volunteer program to build new school facilities for the Moshono Primary School in Tanzania. This program built the shells for 2 classrooms but did not have the resources to make them ready for use by the children. Upon returning home, I contacted the Moshono school board and worked with them to develop a plan to finish the classrooms. This was the start of Project Penda.
2008: From January to June 2008, I raised $7,092.00 in donations and I also worked as a lifeguard to earn the money for my flight to Tanzania in July 2008. That year, we were able to put a roof on one classroom so that its structure would not deteriorate and we were able to finish the other classroom so that the children are now using it.
2009: In 2009, I was able to return to Moshono where I stayed for a month to assist with teaching English to the younger children.
2012-2013: After talking with the Moshono teachers, it was decided that computer literacy should be a priority for Project Penda. We therefore developed a project that delivered 25 late-model computers to the school and installed an internet connection. The teachers at Moshono completed a ICT training so they were ready to teach the children when the laptops arrived in December of 2012. In addition, we collected late-model laptops to deliver to the school for Christmas and donations to pay for the first 2 years of the internet contract. In addition, we twinned the Moshono Primary School with the Runnymede School in Toronto, Canada with the teachers in the two schools developing educational projects that facilitated communication between the children so they could learn more about each other’s lives and cultures.
If you wish to contribute to Project Penda, please contact Isabel at Isabel@ProjectPenda.org