The Kisangaji Project is a 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 4000 inhabitants. Founded in 2008 by Lisette Wright, the Project focuses on supporting the village's primary school and infrastructure needs. 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.
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.
What Have We Done Since 2008? With our advocacy with the local government, your donations, tireless fundraising by volunteer Patti W, and with significant private funding out of the Founder's pocket, these changes have improved village life in the last 13 years:
1. Village Infrastructure: 4 water wells, 1 solar-powered water well in construction, construction of two houses (one for a doctor and one for a teacher's family), classrooms, cement bridge over the River separating the village, and ongoing water-well maintenance. Electricity came to the village in late 2017.
2. Primary School: Textbooks, sporting equipment, desks, blackboards, classroom supplies, copier/printer, laptops, school uniforms and notebooks.
3. Medical Clinic: From 2008-2015, the medical clinic in the village was virtually abandoned and little used. After construction of the doctors house with project money in 2016, the government sent Stephan--the village doctor who has been there since 2017. In 2019, he and his wife had their first child and they have made a nice home for themselves next to the village dispensary (medical clinic). His education is the equivalent to the USA's physician's assistant. Supplies purchased by the Project for the dispensary including basics such as antibiotics, Tylenol, IV stands, blood pressure machines, syringes, and other items.
Access to clean water, a medical clinic, and electricity: YES, a lot has changed and been accomplished since 2008!
COVID-19 & May 2021 Update: In March 2021, President Magafuli died and a new President, Madam Suluhu Hassan, has already made the country a better place. Actively confronting COVID and cleaning house, she is giving the people of TZ hope and energy. She is working on assessing & addressing COVID in the country and has put in to place COVID policies. Sadly, Teresia whom Liz is very close to and who is pictured in this website fell and broke her hand and leg. She was already compromised by broken bones from her childhood. Liz is working with the villagers to make her as comfortable as possible. THE BIG NEWS: The next trip is planned for early September, 2021. Liz will be going home and Patti is looking forward to helping the children of the village.
After an attempt to become a NGO in-country with hopes of facilitating even more development to Kisangaji in 2018, the effort was terminated due to political reasons. However, the Project continues to support the village and their needs in other ways:
Crafting Projects to Raise Money: Volunteer Patti W. brings back 70 yards of African fabric and turns it into: tote bags (Taaluma Totes--always a best seller!), zipper pouches, and other crafty items to raise money for the Primary School. About half of the funds are given as grants to identified needy children in the village to buy school uniforms and school supplies. Several laptops and the copier were also funded through the Crafting projects!
September 2020: The project gave the Medical Dispensary $1300 and the primary school an additional $200 for copier maintenance and supplies. This would have typically been given in-person....we are anxiously awaiting word on progress regarding the solar pump. Finally, Lisette gave Teresia $25. This would have typically been given over ugali, in her hut, with Bebe watching over us smiling.
Medical Needs: Just like the school, or worse, there is a chronic lack of basic medical supplies such as Tylenol, anti-fungals, antibiotics, etc. Giving childbirth is made more difficult due to the lack of on-site water access. This is why the solar-powered water pump project is so important. Malaria, HIV, Typhoid, Worms, GI disease, urinary tract infections: these are the top medical problems the villagers face. Upon arrival in December 2019, the medical clinic had NO supplies, not even simple antibiotics to treat infections. The District government pays Stephan's salary and gives him a stipend for supplies--but it is never enough.
Success: Challenges and Resiliance in Kisangaji
To read about the actual process of building a teacher's boma in 2011, including news about the village, the hardships and determination of everyone to see this project completed, go to the blog that was kept during the stay in Kisangaji.
Below is our 14-minute film about Kisangaji, the teacher's house construction, and the urgent need for access to clean water. Please watch this video and consider making a tax-deductible donation to help bring clean water and support to the village.
The Kisangaji Project 5721 Emerson Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55419