Our building resumed today, thanks to a check we received from Gillette Stadium from April’s Revolution game. To all of you who volunteer at Gillette Stadium…when we say we couldn’t do what we do without you…we mean it! Thank you so much for your time and hard work. The Revolution game in April was lucrative thanks to the cold weather and the hundreds of hot coffee and hot chocolate we sold! You are our blessing. <3
We have all sorts of volunteers, all playing an incredible role within our small yet large organization. Aside from our team at Gillette Stadium, we also have volunteers that help with event planning, video filming & editing, social media, accounting, marketing , grant writing, and more. We are a team of talented individuals committed to making a difference in the world…and I personally thank you for choosing us.
In Tanzania we have a few paid staff and a helping hand from a friend. Sometimes we are blessed with an occasional volunteer!
Our staff keeps our operations running. Our teacher educates our students in the classroom all year-long. I occasionally pop in and out whether I am in Tanzania or not. I am often times too busy to spend 4.5 hours in the classroom every day. Our watchman protects our property 365 days a year. Our painter is busy painting ornaments for the upcoming busy season. I continue to market them and make more relationships with hotel gift shops and other business people. Then there is a friend of CCI who when not working on safari helps us considerably. Every day he spends his time up at the shamba (plot) providing oversight to our building project, buying all of the materials, keeping financial records of our purchases and running here and there for us. Last week he led a team of three volunteers and worked with them to build an outhouse on our plot! We are thankful to all who get involved…our staff and our volunteers!
What I am trying to say is we couldn’t do this without every one of you. Each and every person who has done anything for us…Thank you!
I am grateful to all who keep this organization going. We couldn’t do what we do without your commitment and support. It is your ongoing support that keeps us moving forward.
Today I was busy writing a twenty page proposal to submit to the District Educational Officer. I worked on it for 10 hours, I locked myself in my room and typed away. I still have to add all the financials for our project… I will do that tomorrow after I meet with John our contractor.
Our proposal will provide us with School Registration and necessary Permits for building. It is an accreditation of sorts…If we are growing, we need to finalize these things.
They also require drawings of our school and plot. (Calling all volunteers familiar with CAD!!)
Building a building is one thing…creating a school from scratch is entirely different. I am learning so much everyday!
They also need copies of bank statements showing that we have 62,000,000 Tsh ($39,000)in our account (we don’t) but I will try to bypass that minor detail and tell them I am working on it and smile.
My hope is to drop it off at with the District Educational officer on Friday and say a prayer that all goes well.
Thought I would share with you some of our lines in our proposal…
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation” ~ Nelson Mandela
Why St. Nicholas?
Born to wealthy parents, Nicholas was raised a devout Christian. His parent died of an epidemic when he was just a young boy. Nicholas’ faith grew stronger and when he grew up he obeyed Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God. Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need and his love for children.
Children around the world know and love St. Nicholas—for he brings gifts and treats in December. He is known by different names—and even looks different from place to place. But, it is the same St. Nicholas who delights with small surprises and good treats. Nicholas gave in secret, alert to others’ needs, and expecting nothing for himself in return. It is this selfless generosity which seeks only the good of the other that made Nicholas’ gifts the gifts of a saint. His example still inspires acts of charity and generosity around the world.
Education is the gift that keeps on giving…
(What 25 years at GS taught me):
- Our students interest will always come first
- Our assets are our students, people and reputation
- Our goal is to provide a superior education to our students
- We take great pride in the quality of our education
- We stress creativity and imagination in everything we do
- We stress teamwork in all aspects – students, teachers and staff
- We will hire and retain the best possible candidate for each position
- Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our education
Instilling a sense of pride and responsibility in all our children do. Both inside and outside of the classroom.
In the proposal are statistics about why Tanzania needs our school and the challenges that the country currently faces and how together we can fight poverty one classroom at a time.
Tomorrow is another day, I spend enough time by this computer today…hoping tomorrow I could spend time in the classroom and take a ride up to the building project.
I will be sure to post photos soon!
Blessings to all and thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings!