Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Books For Africa Delegation Arrives

Written by Andrea on Thursday, February 23, 2006
Filed under: General News, Pictures, Major Projects

Inspecting Container in DarPEN Trust has been very fortunate to receive another 20 foot container of quality classroom books and supplies from Books For Africa with additional supplies coming from other friends in Minnesota and NW Ohio.

Catherine Martignacco, representing the donor community, arrived in Dodoma the same day the shipment was being unloaded. Catherine, Andrea and Rashidi in the Workshop After inspecting the consignment in the Dodoma warehouse, the delegation spent a week in the villages of Singida visiting schools that have benefited from the previous shipment as well as schools that will receive books from the new consignment.

Former First Lady of Tanzania, Mama Anna Mkapa and Thomas Warth, Founder of BFA Handing Over One Millionth Book to TanzaniaAfter returning back from the villages the delegation headed to Dar Es Salaam to join up with another group led by the founder of BFA, Thomas Warth, and present Executive Director, Patrick Polonski. We visited two schools including Zanaki Secondary School that over the past five years has received 200 BFA books from Former Tanzanian First Lady Mama Anna Mkapa’s NGO, Equal Opportunities For All. It is here that Mr. Warth presented Mama Mkapa with the one millionth book brought to Tanzania.

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Additional Photos:

Transferring boxes to the truck headed for Dodoma After clearing the container from the Dar Es Salaam port, it was removed and then was ready for transferring to the truck headed for Dodoma. In less than an hour all boxes were transferred and the truck was ready for transport.

Rashidi supervising the loading of the truck This consignment of books was Rashidi’s introduction to his work with PEN Trust. He supervised the transfer of the 417 boxes and their safe arrival and unloading in the Dodoma warehouse.

Mungwe, Rashidi, Catherine, Solveig and Andrea in the workshop inspecting the consignment Rashidi gave the Books For Africa delegates a tour of the warehouse where the books will be stored, sorted, stamped and organized for later distribution to schools.

Distributing books to Kijota Secondary School Kijota Secondary School received four boxes of books from the previous consignment that were not able to fit in the truck when we delivered last year. T shirts donated from the Northwest YMCA were also given to the Head Teachers.

Mungwe ABC Athman, US Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Retzer, Solveig Misner and Andrea Wall at the Ambassador's residence. Our meetings in Dar started with a breakfast at the home of the US Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Retzer.

Mama Mkapa at Zanaki Secondary School in Dar Es Salaam Mama Mkapa overseeing the welcome dance by students of Zanaki Secondary School in Dar Es Salaam. Her NGO, Equal Opprtunities For All, has distributed books here over the past five years.

Headmaster of Kerezange Primary School, Mungwe and Mama Mkapa On the left is the Headmaster of Kerezange Primary School in Dar Es Salaam, one of the schools the Books For Africa delegation visited. The average class size in this school is around 200 students. The need was overwhelming. PEN Trust has allocated 1,000 books for this school.

Catherine and Rudi dancing at Mama Mkapa's house The evening ended with a reception at the home of Mama Mkapa. Bibi Changa and Babu Lisu enjoyed a dance to a Tanzanian oldie “Georgina” played in their honor.

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