Children are so happy in their new school

As you can see on the Home page, where we have posted the latest video from Father Placid, the children look happy and healthy playing outside their new school. Digging deeper wells and adding irrigation to the fields has improved life in Luhombero by leaps and bounds. They no longer fear famine when the rains are few and far between.

At last our school is complete and in use!

As you can see from the Home page of our website, St. Peter Claver School in Luhombero is now complete and in use. We could not be more thrilled!

The population there is increasing. There is a great influx of Sukuma, Masai and Mang’ati peoples apart from the local people. To improve the education quality they need such a school to solve the problem of over crowding a single class in each standard. The nearby school is greatly over crowded. This school will solve this problem. Now our children can stay in the village to attend school.

We wish to thank the donors that made this possible. As we get more pictures, we will post them here.

St. Peter Claver School room
St. Peter Claver School room in Luhombero, Tanzania. Completed January 2023.

Why we need to build a school in Luhombero

In this video, Father Placid explains why they need to build the three room school house in Luhombero. It will be called the Yosef Wosk School, named for a wonderful donor. Most schools are in the towns and not close. In any case they are expensive and often have 120 students per class.

If you would like to donate, click on this link to  The Provision Charitable Foundation at Canada Helps. In the drop down menu, select “Luhombero Primary School,” and enter the amount you would like to donate and your personal information so that you may receive a tax receipt. If you prefer to use Paypal (no tax receipt), you can click the Paypal button below.

In this video below, Father Placid talks about how the whole village worked to build the bricks for the school. He asks for help from Canada and all the children thank you very much, “Asanta sana!!”


School in Tanzania

children playing with Wheelbarrow
Toys in Luhombero are hard to find. Two sisters give Ricado a ride on an abandoned wheelbarrow

In Tanzania there are two systems of education, those that are run by the government and those that are run by the private sector. Schools run by the government receive a subsidy from the government and those run by the private sector receive none. This means children studying in government schools pay no school fees while those in the private sector must pay school fees.

Parents just pay for uniforms, stationery, etc. So to educate a child in the government schools is less expensive than those in the private sector.

At the primary level in the government schools, the cost can be USD 150 up to 250 per year, depending on the school. In the private sector, it can be USD 350 up to 450 as school fees only, apart from other needs. And this depends if the child studies at a boarding school or day school.

If it is a boarding school, the cost is higher than that. It can be up to USD 1500, depending on the school and its quality.