Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Updates from November 2007

Need For Libraries

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Books in storageWhile distributing books to rural regions is a rewarding job for us at PEN Trust – we need your help to make it a more efficient project. While visiting many of the rural schools that have already received books from PEN, we find many schools that do not have the resources for shelving units or building structures to house the books properly. Books are often left in Headmaster’s offices for security reasons and thus the access for students is limited.
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23,000 Books to Singida

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Regional truck picking up books from the Dodoma warehouse bound for SingidaPEN Trust in conjunction with the regional government of Singida recently distributed over 23,000 books. The consignment consisted of 10 secondary schools, 14 primary schools and one regional library, many having multiple consignments. The handover to the individual schools occurred while visiting the region with guests from Books For Africa.
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Visitors From Books For AFrica

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Deb McDonald handing out a book bagBrad Mattson and Deb McDonald from Books for Africa recently visited PEN Trust. Brad is the Warehouse Manager and Deb is the Assistant Director and is in charge of arranging our shipping. It was great for them to see the entire process from donation of books in St. Paul, Minnesota to a small child in a rural Tanzanian village.
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Mango Church Gets A New Floor

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Mango Church in Miyuji, TanzaniaMango Church has had another improvement recently thanks to a generous donation from a friend of the Mungwe family. While the NW Ohio group was here, we had the opportunity to add a new floor to the church. With the help of church volunteers and some of Mungwe’s borrowed construction crew, the floor was finished in half a day.
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Visitors From Ohio

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Jeannine and kidsSeven guests from the NW Ohio area recently visited. They had busy schedules in order to see a glimpse of what we do at PEN Trust. They helped in various activities, including stamping and sorting books, distributing books, teddy bears and food among other things.
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BFA/USAID Container Arrives

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Math books from the BFA/USAID ContainerWe were honored that Books For Africa chose PEN Trust to be one of the recipients of a USAID grant and received a forty foot container of brand new books from Pearson Publishing.
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Two Universities Open in Dodoma

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 18, 2007
Filed under: General News

Dodoma University buildingDodoma University and St. John’s University of Tanzania both opened in 2007. Both universities have been recipients of post secondary textbooks from PEN Trust’s third container.
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