Our Approach to Projects
Tanzania Development Support has been steadfast in helping local organizations in Nyegina accomplish their goals since our founding by Jeanine and Kurt Thurmaier in 2008. We believe that our approach of establishing personal relationships in the Nyegina community with face-to-face interaction and close collaboration with community-based partners are necessary for sustained human development and the promotion of education for Tanzanian girls and boys.
Nyegina Girls’ Dormitory
Our first project, building the Nyegina Girls’ Dormitory, raised funds to construct a dormitory for 160 girls attending the Nyegina Secondary School and was completed in spring 2012. The presence of the dormitory has enabled the school to become a certified sixth-form institution, which means that the girls are now able to attend an additional two years of school, allowing them to gain entry into local and foreign universities and teacher-training colleges.
For more info and to see pictures read The Nyegina Dorm Build.
Nyegina Library and Community Resource Center
The construction of our current project, the Nyegina Library and Community Resource Center, is set to kick-off in spring/summer 2013. The library will be constructed on the grounds of the Nyegina Secondary School and will serve students and faculty of local area schools as well as residents from the surrounding community through the library’s strategic location at the Nyegina village crossroads. In support of this project TDS launched its Kili Climb fundraiser campaign in spring 2012. Led by Madaraka Nyerere, 13 students and volunteers climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised an impressive $30,000 for the library project with help from their family and friends.
In direct response to the 2012 Kili Climb that raised $30,000, we asked you to help us match that amount so that we could begin to lay the library’s foundation in the summer of 2013. Thanks to our donors the Pour the Floor holiday campaign raised an astonishing $26,800! This bring us another step closer to making the Library and Community Resource Center a reality.
Visit the library page to stay abreast of information about the library project and to find out how you can help.