Category Archives: Project Updates

The latest news on major projects that TDS is involved in.

Clubs teach Tanzanian students about career paths

During the summer break, about 95 students from Nyegina Primary and Secondary School and Mkirira Secondary School are participating in the 4H Career Pathways Clubs to prepare for graduation. Program Coordinator Gabriel Magita has been working hands-on with the students to ensure upon graduation students know how to apply their skills to a career successfully. “4H Career Pathways Clubs… Continue Reading

Tuesday (21 June): Connecting Teachers to the Internet and Beyond

We had a terrific 2nd day of NIU students and TDS volunteers training area high school teachers on internet access and other computer skills. Most teachers from the Thursday session were back for further lessons today, and spent time learning EXCEL skills for tracking and computing grades, and Powerpoint for making presentations.        … Continue Reading

First Teacher Training at LCRC

We had an absolutely fabulous “beyond expectations” day of NIU students and TDS volunteers training Bukwaya area high school teachers on how to use the Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC) computers to access the internet to improve student learning in their classrooms. We had designed a syllabus for gaining skills over 2 days of… Continue Reading

Work Day and Volunteer Island Visit

Today’s project work was a half day. We spent about an hour helping to construct the sign announcing the project (financing, contractor, etc) with each student pounding some nails, then erecting the sign. Later we were passing more sand with students, UMABU board members moving rocks, and NIU students Nelisha Gray and Lindsay Schoeder practicing… Continue Reading

Wonderful Day of Presenting Funds

Yesterday we presented the Nyegina Community with a check for $26,000 to kick off the library and community resource center project. As we arrived by car to Nyegina, we were greeted by primary and secondary school students and teachers lining both sides of the road, singing and dancing and welcoming us to the village. It… Continue Reading

The Dorm is Finished!

The girls’ dormitory is finished.  After three years since the project started, we have raised over $150,000 to build a dorm for 160 girls.  Furnished with 80 metal bunk beds and a sanitation block, which holds the school’s first flush toilets and running showers, we are proud of our achievement.  Having passed the Tanzanian Government inspection, the… Continue Reading

$4000 Goal Achieved!

I am so pleased to report that the donations from many friends and family members have helped us reach our goal of raising $4000 to finish buying the materials to finish the girls dormitory. Thank you to all who have contributed to this project! We’ll be posting lots more pictures from the trip in the… Continue Reading

24 Hours Left

Only 24 hours left until the students leave Tanzania and we only need $700  to reach our goal of $4,000 to finish buying the materials for the dorm. Please help us reach this goal with your donation today. Bagamoyo was a successful outing!  We ended the day with dinner by the sea side hosted by… Continue Reading

Goal in Sight…$3000 Donated!

Friends, I am so excited to report that we have reached the $3000 mark toward gathering $4000 in donations by Saturday to buy the materials needed to finish the dormitory for 160 girls at the Nyegina Secondary School. The generous gifts, small and large, are adding up to a wonderful future for girls who are… Continue Reading

Finish the Dorm Wing!

We are getting close to finishing the Form 6 wing of the dormitory. We want to raise $4000 in the next 5 days to buy the materials to finish the structure itself. Please be one of the friends and family members who can contribute $40 to help finish this wing. You can donate at www.tdsnfp.org… Continue Reading

The new dormitory

December 2011 Update: We are currently gathering contributions to buy these same beds for the other wing of the dormitory. Please consider making a contribution today. We got to see the new bunk beds yesterday.  In each room there are four new beautiful bunk beds. Outside of the new form five girls’ dormitory.  What a… Continue Reading

Pictures from an Expedition

Here are three pictures from Musoma, Tanzania from our group’s trip. This is a picture of our group’s first visit to the future site of the new girls’ dormitory.  In the picture we are standing on the base of the foundation.  The stones piled on top will be fitted together on top of the dirt… Continue Reading

Last Work Day

Our last work day on the dorm project was Thursday, 25 June, as we have debriefing meeting and lunch with the bishop on Friday. The walls are rising from all of the concrete we poured on the floor. The outlines of the dividing walls for the rooms inside the dorm are visible in the pic… Continue Reading

Cheetahs, Hippos, and bricks

The last three days have been among the highest points of the trip for me. The experience in the Serengeti Nat’l Park is something that I will never forget. The opportunity to see elephants and giraffes grazing less than a few steps outside your vehicle is hard to describe. Early yesterday morning we even had… Continue Reading

Camping on Serengeti a Success

Our Sunday/Monday safari into the Serengeti was a big success. We enjoyed seeing lots of animals, with twiga (giraffe), tembo (elephant), simba (lion) and leopards as highlights. Camping overnight was also very cool. Lots of pics to share on that, but slow internet suggests adding pics later. Today was spent on the job site, moving… Continue Reading

The Wailing Wall

We learned that Saturdays are half days for work, but not before standing around awhile waiting for the fundi to return to work with us in the afternoon! The picture shows many in the group “wailing” on a wall inside the PC Lab, breaking off the smooth surface so plaster will adhere. It was an… Continue Reading

Laying the floor

This clip shows men laying the rocks for the floor. Next step is pouring the concrete around the rocks to make the floor, with a rebar reinforced concrete ring around the foundation. All work is by hand, which makes it really amazing to watch. Continue Reading

The building begins!

Here is a picture of the foundation of the new dormitory. It is very big–enough for 160 girls, 2 matrons! We will only be working on the end closest to the group in the picture. Also, my new Tanzania phone number is 011.255.789.865.568 More pics to come! Continue Reading