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earthquake project2019-04-08T14:50:19+01:00

The earthquake project – Jambo Bukoba was able to help!

Jambo Bukoba, two partners and many donors helped nine different schools after the earthquake in Tanzania to regain some normality!

After 2 years we have successfully completed the project and also thank all the helpers and supporters of our project on behalf of the children and teachers!

Die ZamZam Schule nach dem Erdbeben

The ZamZam school near the Earthquake

What happened? – The earthquake:

On September 10, 2016, a 5.9 Richter earthquake hit the Kagera region in Tanzania. The earthquake added difficulties and challenges to schools and families in the area, many of which already had difficult living circumstances. Above all, the children were extremely unsettled when they saw their ruined school and surrounding area.

What did we do? – Our Earthquake Project:

Die Schule nach dem Wiederaufbau

The school after reconstruction

For Jambo Bukoba, it was clear that swift action was needed, and with the help of two partners and the many donors, a trauma workshop and bonanza (a sports festival with Jambo Bukoba games) was created specifically for the schools most affected by the earthquake in Bukoba Rural and Bukoba Municipal. The Bonanza’s motto was “Kuna Maisha baada ya tetemeko” or “There is life after the earthquake”. At this bonanza there was support for 9 participating schools in the form of our school building projects to rebuild teacher and student classrooms as well as sanitation. With this we could give the children new hope.

Jambo Bukoba, the children and teachers as well as the inhabitants of the villages affected by the earthquake say “Asana Sante” again to all donors and volunteers, for the help in this important project.

Who helped? – Our donors:

  • Werner Reichenberg Foundation
  • Serviceplan Gruppe für innovative Kommunikation GmbH & Co KG
  • Hypovereinsbank & Unicredit Foundation
  • Thomas and Maren Pauly Birthday donation
  • Salesforce
  • Gisela Gymnasium (High School)
  • Deutsche See GmbH + Partner
  • Stadtsparkasse München
  • Werner and Karin Schneider
  • Monika and Wolfgang Bea Birthday donation
  • Heilpraxis Claudia Mulokozi
  • Gertrud Maugg-Mulokozi
  • Allianz Agentur Ziegler
  • Kestler Run & Bike e.V.
  • Active Concept GmbH

How did it look? – A small picture slideshow:

Voices from those affected

Hussein Najum

School: Byandilima Primary School
Age: 14
Class: six

Do you like going to school?
Yes, I do. Because I want to learn things that I do not know and I can only get that from school.

What is your favourite class?
Standard five was the best. Because it was the safe class I had before – with good blackboard, no cracks which were mostly caused by the earthquake this year.

What do you like most about your school?
All the surroundings – including flowers, good teachers and drawings on the wall.

What is it you don’t like about your school?
The current situation of the toilets. The toilets are not good to be used and I am not happy with the toilets. Also our classrooms which have big cracks and nearby we have the other building – its wall fell down due to earthquakes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to become a doctor so that I can help people who are suffering from different diseases.

Beda Kyaishozi (Principal Head teacher)

School: Bugambakamoi Primary School
Age: 53

What do you think your school or Tanzanian school is good at?
My school is good at producing intelligent students who understand how to use skills for their daily life. Tanzania schools are good at producing quality education that suit children’s life and future.

Why do you think education is important?
Education is the key for life. It produces and opens up good life to students whereby they can be able to solve problems themselves.

What impact does your school have for the students, community?
The school has produced educated elites, many officers who work for the government and private office:

  • It has produced education and knowledge to all the people from the community around the school
  • Education has reduced ignorance, disease and poverty

What do you want the Tanzanian youth to be in the future?
I would like the youth to:

  • study in the safe classrooms and safe environment
  • learn with good learning materials (books, teaching materials)
  • get good education policy for all the students (disabled and able ones)

Perfect Bwahama (Principal)

School: Nyamukazi Primary School
Age: 47

What do you think your school or Tanzanian school is good at?
My school is good at providing better education to the children despite of the few numbers of teachers and large number of students per class.

Why do you think education is important?
It is important because it provides knowledge and skills to the children for their future.

What impact does your school have for the students, community?
My school has so much impact to the community and student – the education given to the children helps the whole community to change through the children.

What do you want for the Tanzanian youth in the future?
I would like for the Tanzanian youth to have self-employment, the knowledge and skills they get from the schools should help them to start their own business instead of waiting to be employed.

Aden Charles

School: Mugeza Mseto Primary School
Class: six
Age: 13

Do you like going to school?
Yes, I like going to school because it is the only place where I get the following:

  • Education which is the key to my life
  • At home I do not have a friend because of my disability, but being at school makes me feel like I am the same as other human beings, so I like being in school

What is your favourite class?
My favourite class is the class I am in right now, class six. Now I can decide on my own: and I know what we learn at school is important for my future.

What do you like most about your school?
I like the way our teachers treat us equally, despite of my disability – this makes me feel like I am with the right people around me all the time.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to become a business man with lots of success, that is why I study very hard and become the first in my class. I know I can make it one day.

Laurent Paschal (Teacher)

School: Kaishaza Primary School
Age: 31

Why did you become a teacher?
I like educating people and the society in general.

Why do you think education is important?
From education we can bring development in the society through the life skills. We learn how to fight against poverty, ignorance and diseases and the ways to solve their problems.

What do children like?
They like to learn about the knowledge that can help them in their life.

What do children not like about going to school?

  • They must be having some pushing factors like awareness about the importance of education.
  • They lack learning facilities like uniforms, exercise book, and basic needs for school.

What do you want for the Tanzanian youth for the future?

  • Children should be taught in a modern way so as to cope with the science and technology in the world.
  • Government should invest in education like building good classes, enough teachers providing learning and teaching materials.

Lena Myamungu (Teacher)

School: Kitendaguro Primary School
Age: 44

Why did you become a teacher?
So that I can teach the students and produce a knowledgeable society with good manners and norms.

Why do you think education is important?
When someone is educated, he can provide knowledge and skills through formal and informal ways in solving their community problems.

What do children like about going to school and what not?
They want to learn more about knowledge that can help them in their daily life.

What do children not like?

  • Lack of awareness about education starts with parents and guardians
  • No learning materials
  • They are afraid of being caned by the teachers

What do you want for the Tanzanian youth for the future?

  • Provision of tea and meals at school
  • Students who are in a poor condition should be educated freely
  • Strong building for the children
  • Good education policy for the children
  • Good teachers with qualification and enough number per school so as to fulfill the goals of education

Kened Johansen (Parent)

School: Nyakato Primary School
Age: 40

Do your children like going to school?
Yes, my children love going to school and they attend every day without excuses.

Why do you think education is important?
It is very important because it provides knowledge and skills for their life.

What is the biggest impact the school has on your child and the community?
It has the following impact on the child:

  • Provides education
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Life awareness

What do you wish for your child to become in the future?
I would like my child to become a successful person, mostly I would like my child to be a doctor.

Husna Ibrahim

School: Zamzam Primary School
Age: 13
Class: six

Do you like going to school?
Yes, I like going to school because from the teachers I receive new ideas that will help me in the future.

What is your favourite class?
My favourite is class 4, because the teachers were attending all the classes. Moreover they loved us with no regular beating when getting disciplined.

What do you like most about your school?
Mostly I like how the teachers are very friendly to the students that in case of any problem it is easy to ask for help from the teachers. I also like how the teachers are teaching the students in such a way that it is easy to for the student to perform well in their exams.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a doctor when I grow up so that I will help the people who need the help. I also wish to be self-employed so as to have enough money to earn a living.

Philipina Philbert

School: Katoju Primary School
Age: 27

Do your children like going to school?
My daughter loves going to school and she is the best student in her class.

Why do you think education is important?
From education my child goes from not knowing to knowing and now she can read and write mostly and can solve her own problems.

What is the biggest impact the school has on your child and the community?
My child can cooperate with others including teachers and her fellow students in different activities.

What do you wish for your child to become in the future?
I wish my child to be a doctor and live a good life.

Ester Priscus

School: Byeya Primary School
Age: 13
Class: six

Do you like going to school?
Yes, I love going to school because it is the best place I can have education knowledge and skills and also the sport and games makes me feel happy when I am at school.

What is your favourite class?
Standard six because I have grown up and understand the importance of education.

What do you like most about your school?

  • The sports and games from Jambo Bukoba
  • The endless love from the teachers
  • The good teaching from our teachers

What don’t you like about your school?

  • I hate to see the broken classrooms in my school
  • Inadequate teachers

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a pilot so as to earn enough money to help my parent and the people who will need my help.

What’s next? – Our ongoing projects:

Dear Interested,

Even though we could complete this project and give some hope back to 10 schools, we are not yet at the end of our Jambo Bukoba journey. We also want to help generate fresh water for drinking and sanitation. There is currently our WASH project. In addition, our bonanzas take place at the same time every year in order to further expand the school construction projects.

All the best from Munich and Bukoba

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