International School of Florence Tanzania Project

Jared Turkus
October 22, 2009

Two years ago, the International School of Florence (ISF) established a philanthropic project to aide students in Moshi, one of the poorest regions in Tanzania. The Tanzania Project comprises over 60 middle and high school students in the African country. The main objective is to help students by providing academic opportunities so that they can become successful citizens of the world.

 

The project holds many fund-raising events, such as biweekly bake sales, a wine tasting for school parents, faculty and staff, raffles and auctions. The project also accepts cash donations. In the 2008/2009 school year, ISF students raised over 17,000 euro, which was augmented by a private donation of 30,000 euro.

 

The project spent the privately donated 30,000 euro on higher education for 22 African scholars. They were carefully selected from a group of students who have limited finances but are academically capable of pursuing higher education.

 

With the other 17,000 euro, the project installed 10 new ceilings in classrooms at the Majengo Primary School; built a kindergarten playground; and supplied books, pens, rulers, stationary and other basic tools that the school lacks. Because the majority of students who attend the primary school cannot afford food on a daily basis, the project purchased daily lunches, an annual 7-euro fee per student for the 155 lunches served during the academic year. The remaining funds built a hostel in the nearby town, which will be completed in October. In short, every cent of the money raised by ISF students is spent directly in Tanzania.

The Tanzania Project gladly accepts donations in any form, such as cash, donations of services or items that can be raffled or auctioned, or a location for hosting an event.

 

Please contact Jana Krainova at j.krainova@isfitaly.org or Mike Samuda at m.samuda@isfitaly.org. Your assistance and generosity are greatly appreciated by the ISF community and students in Tanzania.

 

 

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