You can provide stepping stones to a brighter future for at-risk teens!
About this partner
The village of Pande in the Tanga region of Tanzania has, for decades, lagged behind the country in childhood education. Their neighbours have characterized the Digo community as uneducated - prone to alcohol abuse and material poverty. These difficulties are in the context of a country already recognized as poor. A recent survey performed by UNICEF concluded that 74 percent of all children in Tanzania suffered deprivation from three or more of the following necessities: nutrition, health, protection, education, sanitation, water and housing.
The Amani Primary School was thus founded in 2008 to meet the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of the Digo people. The project began as a partnership between a Canadian school teacher serving with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) and a local Tanzanian pastor/couple who established a church in the region.
Amani has now been active for over ten years and offers over 300 vulnerable children access to an otherwise inaccessible high-quality education. Today, based on national grade 7 examination results, the school ranks among the top 10% of all schools in Tanzania, including private schools and those schools in large cities.
Through the support of generous sponsors and contributors, Amani can offer this education, and a path out of poverty, to children in families with limited or no means. The school also operates a breakfast and lunch program to combat malnutrition and shares the Gospel through dedicated and caring teachers. Children also receive vocational training through specialized classes that provide essential life and business skills. Teachers take the time to visit the children at home, and to engage families, developing not only future leaders but a community of support and hope.
And soon the high school will open for the first time - providing a more hopeful way forward for at-risk teens in the community!
Current Projects in Progress
New High School Build
The Amani School leadership, with the support of Hope Story, is currently building a brand new high school building to offer secondary education at the Amani School in Tanzania, serving a community with no high school. The high school launches in January 2022! This exciting new initiative will ensure that vulnerable students graduating from the Amani primary school can continue to receive the high quality education, loving care and discipleship that will shape their future. For most of the students at Amani primary school, the cost and long distance involved in attending high school elsewhere make it simply inaccessible. Lack of education perpetuates generational poverty, teen crisis, and unemployment. But you can re-write that story for at-risk teens!