Elimu Africa is a small group of dedicated volunteers working to support education in Tanzania. We have a unique design in nonprofit work. Our dala dala drives around the Kilimanjaro region each day. The profit we make from the dala dala goes to fill in the gap so students can continue to get a high-quality education. We provide salaries to a driver, a conductor and our main contact in Moshi that runs the whole project. It’s an exciting time for Elimu Africa. We believe we are supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Specifically, we support goal #4 for Quality Education (read more at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg4).
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when you have an idea, and most people think you’re crazy, and then it actually works?!
At Elimu Africa our crazy idea was to buy a dala dala (local transport van) and use the proceeds from that to fund gaps in quality education for kids. Guess what? In August we made our first payment to a school and received our first quarter repayment on our purchase of the dala dala. Now, what feels best is that we are good stewards of every dollar donated to Elimu Africa, that we can continue to increase the chances of kids getting a high quality education, and that soon we can expand to even more dala dalas and make an even bigger impact!
If you’re reading this, it means you probably have already donated. Thank you! If not, click on over to the How You Can Help section and give us a little donation to help in our purchase of a 2nd dala dala. Or help by spreading the word…”hey, did you hear about this crazy little nonprofit that invests in Africa? They’re using the money to keep kids in high-quality schools!”
Thanks to so many of our supporters and the work of our contacts in Tanzania, our dala dala is up and running! In fact, we showed a profit in our first month which means money has been donated to our beneficiary school, Holy Childhood Pre and Primary School near Himo, Tanzania. In less than one week I will be in Moshi to check on the progress of our dala dala and to lead a group of students from Cathedral High School. I return in August and I will post lots of pictures and videos and have a solid impact statement from Sister Macrina at Holy Childhood.
As happens sometimes, reality smacked us in the face in the last few weeks. Elimu Africa was progressing nicely into our dala dala project. Those who have supported us in the past were excited to learn that a dala dala has been purchased, a route has been obtained and our primary contact in Moshi, Juma, was about to hire the driver and conductor. All this so we can donate $200 per month to our first beneficiary school – Holy Childhood Pre and Primary School near Himo in the Kilimanjaro region.
Then, suddenly and really without warning, Juma’s wife Opportuna, at the age of 39 died. Our hearts broke when we heard the tragic news. She leaves behind a husband, a son in secondary school, a son in primary school and a daughter about to begin preschool. Obviously, everything related to Elimu Africa in Tanzania has been put on hold.
Today (June 12) I was informed by Juma that he is back in Moshi and trying to get back into a “normal” life. The dala dala began running officially six days ago. And while we know this is welcome news, we realize that it may take awhile to get into full operation mode. So, we progress slowly but certainly to meet our mission of supporting high-quality education in Tanzania.
Holy Childhood Pre and Primary School, located in a village just outside of Himo, Tanzania has been chosen as the first beneficiary school from Elimu Africa. Himo is about 4o minutes from Moshi. Sister Macrina, the leader of Holy Childhood school promises to use the proceeds from Elimu Africa so that up to 20 students who otherwise could not afford the high-quality education at Holy Childhood will now be able to attend school. Access to high-quality education is limited in this area and Sister Macrina and her staff have a proven track record of success. Elimu Africa has worked with Sister Macrina before and we are excited to join her in support of education in Tanzania once again. Proceeds from our dala dala will go to support Holy Childhood school.
In 2015 Elimu Africa began the transformation from a “fundraise and donate” organization to one based on the ideals of social entrepreneurship. Over the course of the next 18 months the board debated several models before deciding on the purchase of a dala dala (what exactly a dala dala is is listed on the home page and more information can be found on wikipedia here: dala dala). But, as these less than perfect photographs show, in April of 2017 Elimu Africa became official owners and operators of a dala dala. The timing could not be better – Easter, the time of resurrection, is the perfect time for the re-birth of Elimu Africa!
Revenue from this running of this dala dala will support a worthy school in the Moshi area of Tanzania. As we expand to more dala dala’s we can help more schools and more disadvantaged students will receive a high-quality education.