We are a small group of around eight people based in Central Scotland. In all our planning and fund raising we have benefitted from the commitment and experience of our secretary Ralph Ibbot and his wife Noreen who lived and brought up their children in the village of Litowa in the Ruvuma area of Tanzania during the sixties. Ralph and Noreen were both active in an advisory capacity, during the foundation and development of the first Ujaama villages run on the principle of co-operation and community-led organisation.
As a charity we are interested in developing and supporting projects which can over a period of time improve the lives of families in this area of N.E.Tanzania. Our previous project, started in 2000, was the development of the Magima Roof Tile Project near Songea. The potter Alice MacFarlane was asked by Ralph and Noreen Ibbot to take her expertise to Tanzania and over a series of trips taken over several years, she advised the workers and helped to develop the pottery project. Our man on the ground supervising the development, was Ntimbanjayo Millinga, an old friend of Ralph and Noreen from the days of the Ruvuma Ujaama.
Having completed her work at the Magima project, our friends in Peramiho then asked Alice for support with the building of a Nursery and Primary school in the Namanditi area and this is the current project. The school building project is being managed by Baraka, who is also the headmaster of the school. Baraka has a clear vision of the school he wants to build and has contact with several good teachers who want to work beside him in the school. The local community is working together on the school’s construction and would like to send their children there to be educated. The school opened its first phase in 2011 to 20 sponsored children and the school building continues with the support of friends of RUDA.
The Namanditi school aims to offer an excellent education to the children of the area and crucially the teaching will be done through the medium of English. The school is called The Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence in memory of Ntimbanjayo Millinga who sadly died in 2008.
The project is supported by One Solution of Glasgow.