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Losirwa Primary School

Located near the town of Mto wa Mbu, the Losirwa Primary School is relatively new.  Founded in 2008 to shorten the commute of some of its students who were otherwise attending a school much further away, it has been adding one class per year and now covers Standards (Grades) K-VII.
The school has a total student population of 300, 100% of whom are Maasai.  The Maasai people are predominantly focused on raising livestock, specifically cows.  But increasingly, they are adapting their lifestyle to integrate into the rest of Tanzanian society.  One Maasai characteristic still to be overcome is their unequal treatment of women.  As a result, even though the government requires education for both girls and boys, in 2014 two thirds of Losirwa’s student body was boys. Today the lower grades are closer to 50% girls and the parents say that that is because the school is better.

Losirwa was granted its school campus as a result of a development company’s demise.  The company was trying to create a new tourist lodge on the main paved road between Arusha and the northern national parks, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.  After constructing some of the buildings, it went out of business.  As a result, Losirwa inherited its first 5 classrooms and an additional partially constructed building.  It turns out that this unfinished building was not built properly and has been deemed unfit for use.  Friends of Meali began construction of the two new classrooms and teachers’ office in July 2014, ensuring that they were ready well in advance of the school’s expansion in January 2015.
When Friends of Meali first visited Losirwa,the first time, the school had only 10 desks.  Most of the children were sitting on the floor.  In 2013, another organization provided an additional 20 desks.  And in 2014, Friends of Meali purchased 120 desks.  Today the school has enough desks to seat no more than 2 children each!

Similarly, Losirwa had no text books.  Friends of Meali has now provided books for for the entire school.

The school now provides housing for the teachers who need it.  Friends of Meali has learned from its previous work that schools with on-campus housing are able to recruit more and better teachers.  Not only is proximity important for improving teacher availability for their students, but teachers don’t have to pay for it – making the school a more attractive assignment.   Hence, Friends of Meali have built two new teacher houses, housing six teachers and families, and renovated an existing building.  All teacher housing includes water, bathroom, kitchen and solar power.

Friends of Meali has also built a student center with dining hall, kitchen, storage, library, computers, solar power, etc., done some landscaping, and built a new latrine.  We have now moved  on to implementing more progamic needs.…  Read more

Teacher Housing and Student Center will be important additions here

Our Tanzanian Directo Lucas Mhina tells us that the local community can hardly believe what they are seeing. Normally in Tanzania, people build things layer by layer as they have the money. One house can take years to complete. Doing it all at once, must seem like a miracle You can be part of the miracle. Donate now!!

Lucas receiving gift at Losirwa

Lucas receiving a beautiful white goat as a thank you from the entire community.  This was just part of the incredible thank you party the community gave to the Friends of Meali to thank all of you for the gifts “from heaven”.  You too can be a Friend of Meali by Donating Now.