This project is realized by five stakeholders: Tanzania Development Trust, Friends of Tanzania, Jiamini Tanzania (implementing partner), Nangwanda Girls Secondary School and local contributors.

The impact of this project is hard to put into words; Jiamini has wanted to improve the dormitory facilities at Nangwanda for years, the school where most of our female (secondary school-) students are housed. To the students, it means someone cares about improving their lives. To the people around the school, it means something positive is happening during difficult times; with the conflict at the border with Mozambique, poor cashew income (the main source of income in Newala) and lack of investment in this region, the work at Nangwanda attracted lots of attention from kids and parents alike, with a buzz of excitement going around the area.

Local government leaders who have been supportive of our work will be invited to the opening of the new facility, along with our students’ parents and of course all Nangwanda students themselves.

Nangwanda Girls Secondary School in Newala, Mtwara, currently houses 365 students in it’s 4 dormitory buildings. All of these students are girls; 191 are Advanced Level students (Form five and six) and 174 are in Ordinary Levels (Form one to four). 31 of these students are Jiamini Tanzania scholars, students who receive scholarships from Jiamini supporting their education as talented students living in extreme poverty.

The dormitory buildings at Nangwanda Secondary school are meant to house 80 students each. Therefore the school is currently housing 45 students more than it ideally would. The new facility will not only allow Nangwanda to improve living conditions for its current boarding students, but also add additional students who are now not staying in a boarding facility but living with their families, which reduces the amount of time they can use for studies, and hence their results in exams and their future options for further studies and careers.

All additional boarding students will be Ordinary Level students, as Advanced Level students are placed in boarding automatically.

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