Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Quote of the Day: Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. -Henry Van Dyke
Karen called a meeting of the parents of those who attend her model school and the results were not exactly unexpected. Karen was proposing that the school run for a full year instead of two terms. Many of the parents of students past had wanted the school to run for a year because they were so impressed by how quickly their children were learning English. Now, all they asked was for the school to run for a year and to include math in the English instruction. Karen only charges 10,000 Tsh a year for tuition (about $7.50) as opposed to 50,000 Tsh for government school, but all we teach here is English. Of course, there is no way that the fees pay for the schooling. It costs about $3,000 a year to run the school and tuition only provides about $150 a year. The rest of the money has come from teachers in Arkansas and now the One Book Foundation who sees this as a great mission opportunity (and it is). Thanks to everyone who has supported this school called Elihu Ni Uhuru (Education Is Freedom). If you want to send school supplies, please send them to John Wiggins (he picks up our mail) at P.O. Box 21, Bunda, Tanzania. Please put "gifts for missionaries" on the label and do not value the package at more than $10. If you say that it has a value of $100, we will have to pay $100 to get it out of the post office, thus the $10 valuation. Thanks for all who have supported us in the past. Any donations should be made to the One Book Foundation, 1910 Old Wire Road, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. Please note that the donation is for the school. Thank you again because education IS freedom.