We were delighted to find sponsors for twenty disadvantaged children chosen from the villages around Namanditi who began at the Nursery School in March 2011. This number rose to 30 sponsored children in 2012 with the addition of 15 new students whose parents are paying their fees. It costs £360 a year to feed, clothe and educate each child and this works out at £25 per month and the rest is provided by gift aid. Many of the children are being sponsored by an individual but there are also a few small groups of friends who are sharing the sponsorship.
Once someone agrees to sponsor and are matched with a child, they are sent a folder containing photographs and personal information about that child, their family background and the school project. At the end of each school year they will receive a report from the headmaster detailing the child's progress and including a drawing by the child. In the future, once the child learns to read and write letters can be exchanged.
If you would like your name to be added to our list of individuals interested in sponsoring a child, please contact Louise Johnstone at the email address below:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do we need to build this school?
The education system in Tanzania is seriously underfunded and where schools exist they are often very basic and in many cases children are taught by unqualified teachers. In Government primary schools the lessons are all in Swahili and this makes it very difficult for any child from the farming villages of the South to progress to secondary school where all subjects are taught in English. At the Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence all classes from the nursery level onwards will be taught through the medium of English.
2. What does the sponsor money pay for?
The sponsorship money pays for the child's school uniform, school text books and stationery, food, boarding, basic health care and contributes towards the running costs of the school. The school uniform consists of:
Two sets of black shorts and black and white check shirts for boys.
Two black and white check dresses for girls
One set of P.E uniform and white round neck T-shirt
One pair of black shoes and white socks
One pair of white training shoes
3. What do I need to do if I decide to sponsor?
You will fill in two forms, the first is a monthly standing order for £25, which you complete and send to our treasurer who will then send it on to your bank. The second is a gift aid form which once you have completed and returned it enables the charity to claim a further 25% from the UK Government.
4. Do I have to pay monthly?
Some sponsors prefer to pay for a year at a time and that would be a single payment of £300 sent by cheque and payable to RUDA.
5. Can I set the payment up on line?Yes, if you prefer it is also possible to set up an online payment using the RUDA bank account details given on the form
6. What happens next?Once you decide to sponsor and have returned the two forms, you will be matched with a child and sent a folder containing photographs and personal information about that child, their family background and the school project.
7. How will I be kept informed about the child's progress?At the end of each school year you will receive a report from the headmaster detailing the child's progress and including a drawing by the child. In the future, once the child learns to read and write letters can be exchanged. Each summer a representative of the charity plans to visit the school and while there, will take new photographs of the children and these will be posted to the sponsors. General photographs of the school and pupils will be placed on the rudatanzania website so that you can follow the development of the school.
8. Any other questions?
Please contact Louise Johnstone at the email address below:
firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you feel ready to support a child in this way please download and complete the two forms below.