The Kisangaji Project - A village that will steal your heart!


The Kisangaji Project is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity that helps support the village of Kisangaji, Tanzania by providing support to both the Primary School and the village of 3000 inhabitants. Founded in 2008 by Lisette Wright, the Project thus far has been able to help furnish the Primary School with desks, textbooks, school supplies, and a rural staffing house for teachers. All proceeds raised go directly into supporting the village or into fundraising efforts. The Board of Directors is an all- volunteer Board whose reward is in helping those in this remote village thrive.

There are 2 main recipients of the Projects support: The Primary School and The Village. To read more about these targeted efforts, click on the Projects link above.There is no electricity or running water in the village.

Our Mission Statement
To aid in the development of the village Kisangaji, Tanzania by supporting the Kisangaji Primary School and to enhance the well-being of the villagers by providing assistance with basic health care and other needs. Every human being deserves a chance to thrive.

Who pays for the trips? Each volunteer pays their own way and supports themselves during the trips.

Where does my donation money go? 95% of the donations received go directly to the village. 5% go to operating costs of the organization to maintain it's 501c3 status.

Does the village have water or electricity? There is no electricity in the village; they have 1 hand-pump water well that brings fresh water to the villagers. The other wells are holes in the ground that catch rain water.Despite no electricity, volunteers have cell phone and blackberry service in the village.

How do you decide what to raise money for? We don't. The villagers set the goals and state what their needs are; we then have them prioritize the needs. The "most important" need the villagers have identified becomes the next fund-raising goal.

Do they speak English? A little bit, and the teachers of the school speak more fluent English. Otherwise, it is "universal" language that prevails between Project volunteers and the villagers.

Do volunteers need to worry about health and safety? Not really, if they are savvy and well-traveled. Volunteers only eat well-cooked food, bananas,hand-picked mangoes, avocados, and drink bottled water they have trucked in. The village takes excellent care of the volunteers. So far, the worst incident was a very severe sunburn due to someone forgetting their sunscreen. During extended stays, volunteers get Flying Doctor insurance so they can be transported via medevac to a Nairobi hospital within a hour or two in case of emergency.

What's the best part? Playing and teaching the kids of the village, visiting families, hearing their stories, eating goat, and living amongst a very kind and enthusiastic group of people who are grateful for the outside assistance.

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Spring 2018 Updates


Since the inception of the Kisangaji Project, we have worked hard to bring Kisangaji their very own doctor for the village. In 2015-2016, Lisette was able to build another house, this time for a doctor. Upon completion, the District government was to send a MD to the village. There were some challenges to this and after another trip to Tanzania with the express purpose of ensuring a doctor would be placed in the village, we received word in January 2017 that a doctor is now living in the house! He has an indoor toilet and is new the school and one of the water wells! To date, we have: provided textbooks, desks, school and sporting supplies and equipment, 4 water wells, 1 house for teachers, 1 house for a doctor, 1 classroom, and water well repairs. In August of 2017, we will be working on building another classroom for the primary school. Since 2009, with 1-2 trips/year, the village of Kisangaji now has clean water, access to medical care, and electricity. It has been thrilling to watch the infrastructure grow!


Boma Construction and Village Documentary from 2011

See the newest 14-minute film about Kisangaji, the Boma construction, and the urgent need for access to clean water. Please watch this video and we ask for your support to help bring clean water and support to the village. After watching the video, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Project by clicking on the PayPal link below.

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TV Coverage: KARE-11, the local NBC-affiliate, has once again covered the Kisangaji Project. On December 31, 2011, the Project talked with KARE-11 about the work we are doing in Kisangaji. With both a written article on their website and an updated on-air story during the newscast, thank you to KARE-11 for helping us help Kisangaji.

Other Coverage: "Alumna follows her dream", published in Jottings Alumnae Newsletter Spring 2012.

  VIDEO's of 2011's Humanitarian Mission: Accomplished!

The Boma has been built. 3 new teachers are arriving in Kisangaji as a result of the new house! With over 800 students and just 12 teachers, the need for housing an additional 3 teachers for the Primary School was critical. For video's of the construction process, please go to the Photo Galleries page of this website.

To read about the actual process of building a teacher's boma, including news about the village, go to the blog that was kept during the stay in Kisangaji: Click here

  Teacher Bomas 3 WATER WELLS 2011-2014; TEACHER BOMA IN 2011; TEXTBOOKS IN 2009

2018: Another water well by the school is being constructed and it will have an electric pump. This pump will then send water to 2 1000 litre tanks: one at the medical dispensary and the other for the shule.

2017: Doctors house completed and a full-time doctor is in the village.

Three water wells are now in Kisangaji and drinking river water is no longer necessary! We will now watch as some of the health conditions undoubedly improve as a result of access to clean water!

We did it! The Teachers Boma was completed September 13, 2011. It took just 44 days from breaking ground with shovels and hoes to putting the final layer of flooring down to complete this 3 bedroom staffing house for new teachers of the Kisangaji Primary Shule.

Textbooks: In late 2009, the Project delivered enough textbooks to the Primary School so that the ratio of students to books improved from 8 to 3 students per book. Additionally, there were new textbooks for every subject, a significant improvement from the previous inventory.