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Recent Fundraisers

Tulips against Tuscany Orange

We are delighted to have raised £19,220 on the night of the auction. We were supported as before by Ken Anderson and the staff of One Solution in Glasgow. Of the 116 pieces for sale only 27 were left unsold at the end.

We have these pieces plus a pile of prints which we did not have time to mount or frame for this event to be the basis for another event if we can identify a good venue.

Valerie has raised a total of 3,464.12 euros in Ibiza for her water project at the school and she will push that forward when she visits later this year.

Valerie also forged links between a school in Scotland, Gartmore Primary, and NMSE. As a result of her visit the children and teachers decided to fundraise to buy a cow and they have reached their target with the help and support of the village of Gartmore.

The volunteer group from One Solution have also been fundraising in order to build a children’s fruit, vegetable and flower garden during their visit in August. This will be a teaching resource as well as an additional source of fresh food for the children.

As a result of all this fundraising activity the school building programme can continue, the water retaining tanks can be built into the ground and the children will have the benefit of fresh produce they have grown themselves and fresh milk.


Next Auction

The date for the next RUDA Contemporary Art Auction is the 3rd June 2016 as we are collecting donated works from this month onwards. This will allow us to frame or mount any unframed work and compile an online catalogue to stir up interest in advance of the event. It will be hosted by Ken Anderson of One Solution and held in Glasgow, venue still to be decided. The entire proceeds of the auction will be sent to the school to build a second double dormitory. Any costs in running the event will be picked up by the host. We are hoping to have a wide range of work and will post images via flickr as and when we receive them. Here are a couple of images to whet the appetite of collectors:

Shangri-La Express

Pope HE

Issue 22 April 2015

Newsletter22 April 2015

Silent Auction by Scottish Potters

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Potters held a silent auction of pots at their recent Kindrogan weekend. Thanks to their generous support in both donating work and buying work we have raised the sum of £1,637.66 for the school.  Over 60 pieces were donated and almost every piece was sold. In addition several people are interested in sponsoring a child so we expect to have some new children starting school soon. It was a wonderful weekend and we are very grateful to the members and committee of Scottish Potters for their support. In particular we would like to thank to Anne Lightwood who organised the auction so well on the day.


Valerie’s January Visit

One of our volunteers Valerie Anderson is back after a month long visit to the school. During her time she made some very good new contacts from HOJA who are partners with the COCO charity. This group are developing permaculture gardens in secondary schools and will be able to offer us advice in our plans to set up a more organic approach in our school’s vegetable gardens.   We are planning to develop the gardens this year and to introduce chickens in a mobile hen coop with the help of visitors from One Solution. Five of the volunteers from last year have signed up to return this July and they are busy designing a mobile hen house as part of our permaculture peparations for the vegetable and fruit garden. With the help of HOJA we will establish a compost area too. The aim is to replenish the depleted soil of the school site through natural and sustainable methods and the chickens will be making their own contributing to this.

As always Valerie worked with the children in the classrooms too and they studied plants using the magnifying lenses and the microscope she took with her.  And in addition to story telling lessons she used the lovely bright wool we collected from charity shops to teach the children how to knit. Several of the children already knew how to crochet and they taught the others how to do it and it became something of a craze. We are already collecting wool and crochet hooks to take for our next visit to the school later this year.

Valerie also oraganised some sporting events including the high jump whcih was dominated by Maasai boys. Other events were less serious and not at all competitve, these were more like wacky races loke rhino where there were no winners or losers.

There will be two members from RUDA, Louise and Alice going out and each will take a suitcase full of books for the school library collected from various chairty shops and donated by friends of RUDA to carry on the great work that was done by Jill Dike in cataloguing the library during her visit last year. We are planning to fly with Auric Air and they have agreed to allow us discounted fares in recognition of the work we do in raising funds for the Ntimbanjayo School of Excellence. A we are volunteers and pay our own fares any help keeping the cost down is much appreciated.

Valerie noted that we need to do some repair work on some of the school buildings and some of these tasks like replacing glass in windows broken by the strong winds during the rainy season, have already been completed. We are thinking about using a recent generous donation from Ken Anderson of One Solution to do some other upgrading of the existing classrooms befiore we start any more  new buildings. We need more storage solutions and work tables for each classroom to encourage group activities.

Our next big fundraiser will be another art auction hosted by One Solution later this year the date has still to be decided.

Futher details about this visit and regular updates can be found on the rudatanzania Facebook page



Issue 21 Dec 2014


Issue 20 Aug 2014


Visit July 2014

The July visit to the school was a great success and the school library was properly catalogued using the Dewey system and organised with new shelves and storage. The children can now borrow from over 1000 books collected and donated from various sources. NMSE must be one of the few primary schools with its own library. One of the newer teacher’s at the school, Mr Gama is a band leader and choir master so the children are learning many songs in Swahili and English. Mr Gama had spotted a drum set with recoders in Songea, so we were able to purchase the set for the school and the children clearly enjoyed learning how to play them and marching round the school.

The volunteers from One Solution built a fabulous adventure playground for the children and set out playing field dfor football, netball and basket ball. They also bought a supply of sports equipment as footballs wear out quickly on the rough playing fields.

The new dormitory was nearing completion while we were there and when she returned to Scotland one of the volunteers set about raising enough money to complete the job. The school now has six classrooms and a large spacious double dormitory. We are working on plan to establish a computer hub which will be open to the community and are waiting for the final stage of bringing electribity to the school. Everything is in place but we are waiting for a transformer and then we will have electricity at least when there is any.

Count down to next trip June 2014

With less than four weeks left before Louise sets off for Tanzania we are finalising the last details for the volunteers group from One Solution to ensure that all the materials are delivered to the school before their arrival in July. Once he has received the funds our project manager will order the materials for the adventure playground the team plan to build in just six days. The other main focus for this trip is the organising of the school library and the training of someone to be the librarian. We will also discuss the next new building for when we are back in funds.

For up to date info and regular blogging about the project please visit http://www.facebook.com/rudatanzania



Issue 19 Apr 2014

EditedNewsletter19April22014We have achieved a lot in the last few months including the final stages of the water system but have unfortunately run out of funds to fully complete the new double dormitory. This must be very frustrating for out project manager Ntimba but we will have to stop building work soon until we can find a new source of funding or raise some money ourselves. The damage caused by the recent flooding has made the difference and meant that we ran out of funds and are £1500 short of the amount needed for completion of the building work and won’t be able to pay the additional cost of having it  painted.

We are looking to see if we qualify for any grants but are aware that we are competing with experts in writing propsals and we shall probably have to make many applications before we have any success. This year looks like it will be about raising whatever small amounts we can to try and finish and maintain what we have already built.

Our aim was always to have 100 students at the school this year and with our sponsored children now up to 40  and 40 paying students, we will have exactly 80 students with the possibility of bringing in a further 20 as soon as the dormitory is finished