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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