Over the past decade, students from the UK have visited Mwereni School in Tanzania to be involved with a series of pioneering community projects. These initiatives have raised the quality of life and the standards of education for the young people who study at the school.
The Dira Foundation has been established to build on this legacy. We want to make sure that this good work continues and that we can continue to invest in the young people of Tanzania.
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To date we have been able to award 15 scholarships for students in Tanzania to continue their secondary education. These scholarships provide not only fees, but also texts books, transport and uniform for the students concerned. We receive regular reports on these students.
A majority of them have come from Mwereni School which continues to grow and flourish. They now have 640 students of which 15% are visually impaired. The protecting wall around the school grounds is complete and there is now a medical and dental centre on site which is used regularly by students and staff.
The garden produces many vegetables and much maize and now there are chickens, cows and a small fishery so the students benefit from some healthy sustaining meals. The exams results have continued to improve with a majority of students passing their final examinations very well.
There are plans to build a secondary school, with provision for the visually impaired. The work has begun and it is hoped that it will be completed by 2020. Work is also continuing on remodeling six dilapidated class rooms at Mwereni itself.
The Trustees Report and accounts are available to view here.