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We are totally depending on God to meet our needs daily because the sponsorship money does not go for
things like buildings and other projects. Yet every year we need to add classrooms and dormitory.
This year we had more than 90 needy and orphans and we had to only take 25.
So many people were crying when we told then we can not take any more children.
It was very sorrowful moment.
There is a need in Tanzania for private schools like
"Fountain of Hope Primary School"
In Tanzania, children who complete their primary education cannot go on to secondary school until they
pass an exam allowing them to enter the ninth grade. But, for one reason or another, no matter how many
students pass, only 20% of all them will be able to go on to secondary school because of limited space
and resources in the public school system, leaving 80% of the children with no where to go for further
education. Some of our students. We now have over Four Hundred children in our care.
There are many things that contribute to this unfortunate situation. One is that elementary public school
teachers are grossly underpaid, and because of the poor economy, may at times even wait for several
months before getting their salaries from the government. They must then look for some other means of
raising their income. Understandably because of this, they are not fully committed to their teaching jobs,
and may not even show up to class for days at a time, leaving the children unsupervised. Also, there are
hundreds of schools in Tanzania that have no desks for the teachers or students, some have no roofs, no
walls, no electricity, or even a simple blackboard for the classes. Some have to meet under a tree for
their classes. We currently have 264 students.
Top Students Come From Private Schools
It's no wonder then, that among the 20% of the students that are able to pass their national exams, the
top scholars are products of the private elementary schools. But because of the high cost of this private
education, poor families cannot afford to send their children to them. If their children get an education at
all, it is in the public school system. But even in the public schools, the children are required to wear
matching uniforms, and the poor cannot afford to buy their children the necessary clothing. That alone
can keep them out of the public school system altogether. As a result, each year our nation produces
another generation of poor, and virtually, uneducated people. The children who cannot get education
beyond the 7th grade have no marketable skills, and end up as beggars. They, then, get involved in any
scheme they can to earn an income, regardless of the means.
Fountain of Hope Meets a Special Need
For this reason, we founded the "Fountain of Hope" primary school. We take students whether they can
afford to pay or not. We also open our doors to a large number of orphans, who normally are never
allowed to attend school with "normal" children, and certainly do not have the means to pay for a private
education. But we feel God has told us to embrace all children who come to us, and give them a solid
primary and Christian education. (We even have Muslim children attending because their parents realize
to educate their children well, they will have to send them to private, Christian schools!)
Less than ten percent of the children attending our school have parents that can afford to pay for their
education. But we ask all the parents to contribute something to their child's education, no matter how
small. In some cases a parent may be able to contribute only a sack of corn each month to the school.
Other parents may only be able to contribute a container of coal for cooking. But in giving something they
can afford, they maintain their self-esteem in being able to say they are helping to pay for their child's
private education. But for others, such as the many orphans who live with us, (many whose parents died
of AIDS), and cannot contribute anything at all, they are still given the same, quality schooling and care the
other children receive. For all of our needs we are totally dependent on God to speak to the hearts of
people, such as you, to help us.
Our School is Unique
Fountain of Hope Primary School is not just a school--it is a boarding school. This means the children live
with us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, unlike a public school. So not only do we educate the
children, but we also house them, clothe them, feed them three meals a day, and give them the
necessary school uniforms. We provide for their medical needs, and give them a Christian education. By
comparison, some of the largest, well-know, Christian relief organizations in third world countries which
ask people to sponsor their children on a monthly basis, only provide them with school uniforms, school
books, one meal a day, some medical needs, no housing at all, and no Christian education. That is why we
believe sponsoring a boy or girl at the Fountain of Hope Primary School stretches your money so much
farther in the life of that child.
At the present time, Fountain of Hope Primary School cares for over fifty children under the age of twelve.
But our vision includes extending an education to middle school, and secondary school aged children in
the future as funds become available.
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