Many of the Amani School supporters, and our Hope & Gratitude prayer email list recipients, will be looking out for an update here on the community situation at Amani, following an urgent email prayer request at the end of 2022.
Ashur is part of an isolated group of people in Tanzania called the Digo, who have been left behind in education and their children considered not worth educating at all. We think differently. We see a child’s worth through God’s eyes, and we and our Tanzanian church partner at Amani School know that the Digo people are created in the image of God and have intrinsic value as His creation. We know that the children here deserve a chance at more than generational poverty, teen marriage, and subsistence farming on tiny plots of land carved ever smaller with each generation. …
Building the High School was a highlight of the past year, but the sports evangelism program and the agriculture program are also contributing to what they refer to at Amani as “building a bridge to somewhere” – because that path to “somewhere” is missing for so many kids. “So, you study theology – then you end up serving as an ‘engineer” helping to build a high school!’ said Pastor Majama recently.
The Amani school began in 2008 as outreach on the East African coast and is one of only a few primary schools where the language of instruction is English – essential to success in high school, where instruction is in English. The school is now ranked among the top 10% in the country. Currently, almost 300 primary children receive a quality education, meals, vocational training, and Christian mentorship. And as of January 2022, Amani will have a new High School, meeting a critical need.
The Amani school began in 2008 as outreach on the East African coast and is one of only a few primary schools where the language of instruction is English – essential to success in high school, where instruction is in English. And the school is now ranked among the top 10% in the country. Currently, over 300 primary children receive a quality education, meals, vocational training, and Christian mentorship.
Mwalimu is five years old and in kindergarten at Amani. He is described as a happy boy at school, and he likes to play ‘cars’ with the other children outside. “They make cars out of bottles,” Sarah explained, “using the bottle caps as wheels.”
The Amani school was able to reopen on June 29th after remaining closed for 3.5 months. As of now, there are no known cases or apparent symptoms of COVID-19 in the Pande community (northeastern Tanzania), where the school resides, although there is no longer government testing for the disease. Nevertheless, the community was not spared the economic impacts of the closures during the lockdown.
This is Pendo. She is in senior kindergarten and started at the school this past summer (2019). Her parents own farmland about 15 km from the school. Life is hard for the family, and the production from the farm is quite low.
At the Amani School, the teachers continue to pour their hearts into the children’s education. As we spoke with Sarah Isaak, the school’s administrator (photographed below), at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday (before the virus began), a teacher was still working with grade 5 students in the background, giving the children extra support beyond the already long school day.
Meet Kibika, a hard-working boy both at home and at school. Kibika rides his bicycle to school every day.
This May, I had the opportunity to travel alongside my grandfather, and long-time supporter of Hope Story, to the Amani School in Tanzania, Africa to visit his sponsor child.