Posts Tagged ‘Amahoro Secondary’

A Little Help From My Friends

A Little Help From My Friends

Project Wezesha was founded when Lucas and I responded to a request for support from the chief of Mgaraganza village: Can you help us build a secondary school? Of we course we said yes, but we then had to come up with funds. We raised money little by little. But then – a miracle! Our […]


Serendipitous Encounters

Serendipitous Encounters

Through a series of random Facebook encounters, I met a man named Fritz from Germany who was making his way to Tanzania with his sons. He had spent time in Kigoma in the 80s and was now returning, with hopes of visiting Gombe National Park. In time, we had arranged for Lucas to meet him […]


Spring 2016 Update on Our Students

Spring 2016 Update on Our Students

We’re at the half way mark of a new school semester and are eager to share some updates on our students. These updates are based on a report compiled by Lucas after many calls and personal visits with teachers, headmasters, parents and students. As each year passes, our student numbers ebb and flow due to […]


Our Next Steps

Our Next Steps

After years of fundraising and some very generous support from all of you, Amahoro Secondary School opened its doors in January, 2015. The opening ceremony was a fabulous event with music, dancing, singing, speeches, laughing, honoring, and hugging! But most importantly, there was a school opening! In January 2015, school officially began. 75 first year secondary […]


Upward Momentum for More of our Students!

Upward Momentum for More of our Students!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – talking to Lucas Lameck always puts the biggest smile on my face. Lucas is the heart and soul of Project Wezesha. Today, he updated me about the upward momentum for scholarship students in our program – students that you help support! Here are some of […]


Updates Since Amahoro Secondary School Opened

Updates Since Amahoro Secondary School Opened

Here are some updates since Amahoro Secondary School opened. Since our big bash to open the school in January, school has been in full swing! The first term ended in May and the students enjoyed a summer break in June. Classes started back up in July. The teachers and villagers are thrilled about the school […]


Evidence of Impact – Sky’s the Limit!

Evidence of Impact - Sky's the Limit!

We are very proud to announce that as of Summer 2015, our three young men – Dibeit, Tumsifu and Saidi found out which high schools they will be attending starting July 18th. School assignment is based on secondary school exit exams, and the fact that these three are going all over the country speaks to […]


Open a School? Don’t mind if we do!

Open a School? Don't mind if we do!

This is sure to be my favorite update so far. After four years of fundraising, planning, negotiating, (struggling), and succeeding – we are so excited to share the news that Amahoro Secondary School is open! There are 70 Form 1 students currently studying in our completed classrooms! Of this cohort, 15 are newly added girls […]


One Brick and One Meeting at a Time

One Brick and One Meeting at a Time

Greetings and gratitude from Lucas and me! I’m happy to share some updates with you about the progress toward opening Amahoro Secondary School in Mgaraganza Village, Tanzania. This past August, I traveled to the Kigoma region to visit with Lucas and check the progress of our project. I was a little surprised to see that […]


This is Their Story

This is Their Story

This is her story. The story of most girls in the village. This is his story. The story of most boys in the village. Are you ready? There is no response more difficult to deliver than a ‘no’ to the request of a student for school support.  Unfortunately, if I said ‘yes’ to every student […]


Meeting with Village Leaders – Speech in Kiswahili

Meeting with Village Leaders - Speech in Kiswahili

After discovering about some of our ‘issues’ here in the village, I composed a little talk for the village leaders. My friend in Kigoma, Bennie Muzzazzi helped me to translate it to Kiswahili so I could deliver it directly, knowing that what I wanted to say was being delivered. Here’s the video of the speech, […]


An Epic Journey – Collaboration Leads to School Opening: January 2013!!

An Epic Journey - Collaboration Leads to School Opening: January 2013!!

This has been a remarkably productive trip! Lucas and I feel more supported by the various government entities than ever before and that’s because, after flailing around on our own for 3 years, we’ve finally stumbled upon the right people. The first year we simply said ‘yes’ to the request of Mjumbe (chief) Bitata to […]


2nd Annual Raise the Roof Drums up Local Support

Can you believe we’re having the 2nd Annual Raise the Roof event? I hope one day I’ll see a double-digit number in front of that event name! Like last year, the Woodshed in SLC, UT is hosting – generously donating their space for our cause! Local businesses, organizations and artists are really coming forward with […]


Business as “Usual”

Business as "Usual"

Behind all the pretty pictures of the children and the growing progress of the school, there is the business side of things – which in Tanzania can sometimes be frustrating. At other times, it can be quite enjoyable to be part of – especially coming from another culture where business just unfolds differently.  I’ll start […]


Update on Amahoro Secondary School – Sept 2011

Update on Amahoro Secondary School - Sept 2011

On Thursday, Lucas and I went to Kiganza village to scoop up Hindu and Saidi and head over to Mgaraganza for our first big day of labor.  We figured we’d have them come along so we could catch up while on our walk and as we wait for the work to begin. When I stepped […]


‘Raise the Roof’ – A Fundraiser for Project Wezesha

'Raise the Roof' - A Fundraiser for Project Wezesha

On Friday August 5th, there will be a lot going on around town – but the music-packed event that you really should not miss is the ‘Raise the Roof’ bash at The Woodshed in Salt Lake City, UT! The goal of this event is to raise as much money as we can to put roofs […]


Empower through Education

Empower through Education

Project Wezesha is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 by Lucas Lameck and Rai Farrelly.  We founded Project Wezesha to address the needs of children in rural villages within the Kigoma Region of Western Tanzania.  Wezesha is the Kiswahili word for Empower.  The aim of Project Wezesha is to empower local communities through increased […]


Utah Artist, Hadley Rampton, Supports Project Wezesha through Art Sales

Utah Artist, Hadley Rampton, Supports Project Wezesha through Art Sales

Upcoming June-July sales of Hadley Rampton’s watercolors from the ‘Zanzibar’ series will benefit Project Wezesha!  Keep reading to learn more!!  We’re so excited! Hadley Rampton is an exceptional artist from Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is perhaps best known for her remarkable plein air oil paintings of wilderness landscapes in Northern Utah.  However, her talents […]


May 2011 Update on Amahoro Secondary School

May 2011 Update on Amahoro Secondary School

It is so exciting to see the progress on Amahoro Secondary School.  Project Wezesha is lucky to have Lucas as our co-founder and in-country director because he is really driving this project with his encouragement, diligence and excellent photos.  He just sent 27 photos via email to share the progress! Since November, there have been […]


PW Students Visit Amahoro Secondary School

PW Students Visit Amahoro Secondary School

Last week, Lucas passed through Kiganza village en route to Mgaraganza village to collect more pictures of the school.  On his way, he picked up some of the Project Wezesha students who were making the long journey home from school in Mwandiga.  For those that live in Kiganza village, such as Hindu, Edina, Ismael and Diana, […]


Giving Thanks-Asante-Urakoze!!

Giving Thanks-Asante-Urakoze!!

On this lovely Thanksgiving Day, I would like to give thanks to everyone who has made Project Wezesha a great success over the past year.  Lucas and I had a simple plan when we sat at the Sun City Cafe in Kigoma in July 2009.  We just wanted to give out scholarships to a handful […]


September Update on Amahoro Secondary School

September Update on Amahoro Secondary School

Welcome back for another quick update!  For those of you who are new to Project Wezesha, make sure to browse through the July blog entries as I spent three weeks in July 2010 working in Mgaraganza village and Kigoma town – making this happen – with my in-country director, Lucas Lameck. I spoke with Lucas […]


August Update on Amahoro Secondary School

August Update on Amahoro Secondary School

I left Tanzania exactly one month ago! In that time, so much has happened on the school front. When I returned to Salt Lake City, I sent Lucas another large sum of money from the Project Wezesha account. I couldn’t leave the money in our shared Tanzanian account because I was pulling it out daily […]


July Update on Amahoro Secondary School

July Update on Amahoro Secondary School

Well – as I suppose you may have surmised, progress was a little slower than I was hoping it would be, but not by much. In fact, in the 3 weeks that I was there, I never imagined that as much would be done. First, Isaya (the builder) had architectural plans drawn up in about […]