Dear friends of Idimayii
I am delighted to share with you my experiences of my amazing trip to Tanzania and my time at Idimayii. For those who have been following the community raised Tsh 800,000 to build a school toilet, prior to this teachers, pupils and volunteers have had to use the bush! Thanks to the donations made from our school pub quiz we have been able to donate £300 for the completion of the toilet.
The School Toilet
Currently we have 45 children enrolled to attend school. The children are taught Maths and Kiswahili, English is taught when we have volunteers at the school. School opens at 08.30 and class starts at 9am finishing at 12pm. Due to rainy season an average of 20 students attend the school daily, this is due to difficult conditions, with pathways flooded making it impossible for children to attend.
Meeting with the Chairperson
Lalahe, Lazaro and I met with the chairperson of the community to discuss the progress of the school and how to move forward. Current issues at the school:
The community agreed to provide uniforms for the school last year, green dresses for the girls, kaki shorts and a green shirt for the boys, so far a number of children have bought the uniform. The chairperson will agree with the community that each child needs to have a uniform before the school year is out.
Helena on the right is 29 years old, married and has four children, two boys aged 10 and 7 and two girls aged 5 and 2. Helena is not a qualified teacher and finished her education at Standard 7 primary school. Helena loves her job and teaching at Idimayii. Helena is also a member of a small company that specialises in Maasai beadwork. Volunteers at the school have the option of staying at Helena's manyatta and living with her family and learning how to make Maasai jewellery.
Naramthiso on the left is 45 years old and has three chidren, a 29 and 27 year old boy and an 8 year old girl. Like Helena, Naramthiso is not a qualified teacher and finished her education at Standard 7 primary school. Narmthiso loves teaching, what she enjoys most is seeing the improvement education has on the Maasai children of her communtiy. Helena is a leader of 10 boma's within her community and her role is to ensure that that the community adhere to the rules and act as a mediator to try and resolve any issues.
The teachers would like to thank everyone who bought a 2013 calander, all profit made goes directly towards the teachers salaries, which has enabled them to be made for each month since Nov 2012 until Sept 2013.
We will be selling 2014 desk calanders towards the end of the year so be sure to get your orders in, all proceeds will go towards the teachers salaries.
Interview with Idimayii's pupils
Where your money is going
Thank you to all the supporters of Idimayii school, we have bought every pupil a maths, English and kiswahili book, copy book and maths copy book, pencils, rubbers and pencil sharperners, teaching materials eg school learning cards in the alphabet and numbers, teachers salaries, school toilet and post office box school fee for the year 2013.
Volunteering at Idimayii and a Maasai Experience
Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is one of the most rewarding ways of making a difference in the world around you. You will be living and working alongside local people, exploring a new culture whilst helping them to build a better future. Volunteering at Idimayii Maasai school will offer you the oppurtunity to imerse yourself in a whole new culture, learn a new language and engage in new experiences, leaving you feeling fulfilled, humbled and apart of something bigger than yourself.
Caroline 21 years old from Germany volunteered at the school during the month of March, teaching English to the teachers and pupils. Below is what she had to say about her time at the school.
I was looked after very well. If there had been any problems, there would be someone giving me a hand. I met so many interesting people, who are making me love this place! Helena, one of the teachers, invited me to stay at her home. It was lovely to live with her and her family. We had good food, I could help her with the cooking. What a nice feeling to sit outside in the evening , drinking chai, looking at the stars.
Let us build a school together
Idimayii class is built like a Manyatta (Maasai home) from wood, sand and cow dung, the roof is made from tin. The money for the materials were gathered by the village and the class built by the local community themselves. It is clear from my visit that a class needs to built, the walls of the school are coming apart from the rainy season, with many holes and gaps appearing, the condition of the school is poor and we need to act now with your help!
Our budget for the building of one class - £10,000. Help us to build a class together by donating you time or money either in your home country or at the school, hold a fundraiser or book a safari or Kilimanjaro climb with Volunteer Maasai Organisation.
With love & gratitude,
Claire & everyone at Idimayii School