We are a small group of around eight people based in Central Scotland. In all our planning and fund raising since 2000, we have benefitted from the commitment and experience of Ralph Ibbot and his wife Noreen who lived and brought up their four 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 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 was initially managed by Baraka, who then become the headmaster of the new 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 are working together on the school’s construction and hope to send their children there to be educated.
The Namanditi school offers an excellent education to the children of the area and crucially the teaching is done through the medium of English. The school was very much the project of Ntimbajayo Millinga who died in 2008 , but his family in Peramiho and friends in RUDA UK are determined to complete the task, and the school will be called The Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence in his memory. The school will continue to grow as funds allow and at the start of 2013 there are 45 children at the school of whom 31 are sponsored. It is hoped there will be between 60 and 90 children attending by the summer of 2013
Noreen Ibbott sadly died in 2012 but the insights and understanding she gave us into the people and culture of this region of Tanzania will continue to inform the work we do in future.