|Rongai Satellite School|
The small community of Rongai is located near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, East Africa.It consists of a number of small villages, the main one being Rongai. For many years now, the elementary school students from this community are faced with walking up to 10-15 kilometres a day morning and evening to get to the Rongai Primary School.
For the past few years, one makeshift classroom has been set up inside a poorly built church in this Rongai community, in the small village of Nali Muru. This reduces the walk for many students to only 4 – 6 kilometres a day. This overpopulated classroom is known as the Rongai Satellite School, instructing over 106 students, with one unclean toilet and no supply of water.
Next to the Rongai Satellite School, lies an expanse of green space, allowing the community to build a new school for the children of this community. However, they face a number of difficulties, especially in terms of funding and resources. Through Algonquin College’s Small World Big Picture Expedition Africa, Algonquin College has been and continues to be involved in a number of fundraising initiatives. These initiatives allow all monies raised by the students and staff to go directly towards the building of this desperately needed school.
What Have We Done and Where Are We Now?
In December 2006, an Algonquin College Carpentry Professor and student traveled to this Rongai community to meet with the Expedition Africa Team. Together, with the help of the local community, they united to construct a new school building for the students. This school was built to provide these students the proper infrastructure they need to receive the education they deserve.
Below are our current fundraising projects:
The Event Management Program Events
Below is a list of the events: