growing for our future
The Children of Sakila are being helped by your generous donations. Personal sponsorships of individual children help give them an education, and the basic necessities of life. This list is a kind of a "wish list" that enables you, as benefactors, to donate in very specific ways in assisting the ongoing work in Sakila.
This is a current list of needed items for helping to build the infrastructure that is required to support the schools and community in Sakila, Tanzania.
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Currently, we have over 300 boarding students. Our goal is to reach a capacity of 600 boarding students a year. We would like to eliminate our day program. Ultimately, we want all students at the Secondary (High School) to become boarding students. This will greatly improve our ability to teach and prepare the students for their national exams.
To accomplish this, we need to double our dormitory capacity. Each structure can accommodate 100 students, and the cost is around $35,000.
Annual Gift Basket (Duka)
Anytime during the year, you can purchase your students’ family a $25 Duka basket. This basket is a wash basin wrapped in a kitenge (large piece of material used for clothing or carrying a baby), two bags of flour, two bags of salt, sugar, tea, and oil. This gift will support a family of four, for a month.
With each passing year, we are faced with the reality that there are specific needs for annual maintenance on three campuses. For instance, the mile long stretch of road to and from the schools, fall to us to maintain. During the rainy season, it is hard for some to make it to school because of the condition of the road. In addition to road maintenance, upkeep involves paint, concrete repairs, windows, doors, flooring, desks and tables. These repairs can range from $4,500 to $15,000 a year.
The Sakila Sponsorship Program has not raised our sponsorship fee in many years, and we would like to keep it that way for you, as long as possible. Between inflation and the cost of purchasing food being dependent on either a drought or flood year in Tanzania, we have needed to reach out yearly for supplemental support. Currently, we have around 1000 students, and about 85 staff to feed, daily. Our cost for rice, corn, and beans for the year is anywhere from $44,000-$56,000. We consume 60 tons of corn, 16 tons of beans, and 26 tons of rice per year.