If you would like to participate financially, you can send a check to:
Village Schools International
Tomball, TX 77377
If you print out the PDF version of the donation slip, you can designate your donation for the School Construction Fund, the Student Scholarship Fund, the Benevolence Fund or the Tanzanian General Fund. You can also make a donation to support our missionary teachers as they serve in Tanzania.
Or, if you prefer, you can use your credit card to make an on-line donation by clicking one of the buttons below:
Help Build Classrooms.
Every classroom we build means 40 more kids get the chance to go to school. Their parents quarry foundation stones, make bricks, haul sand and carry water. We look for good people willing to give money to buy the metal roofing, the cement and the other construction supplies.
In 2014 our goal is to build 65 classrooms.
Contribute to our Scholarship Fund.
We are committed to never turning any kid away, no matter how poor their parents are -- or whether their parents are already dead and can't help them. School fees at our schools are very low by Tanzanian standards ($110/year) but we still need to make a special effort to give girls a chance so we offer any girl from the village a $75 scholarship -- and we believe we have to do everything that we can to help as many of the orphaned children to stay in school as possible.
In 2014 we expect to need scholarships for nearly 3550 kids.
Make a Donation to our Benevolence Fund.
In retrospect, it is easy now to see how we missed what AIDS was doing to people. It was, after all, only those who were still well and had enough strength to make bricks and haul stones who came out to build the schools. We never saw those who were simply too sick to work. They were dying silently in their homes. Afraid, alone, with no hope and with no help. In May 2006, we began helping a few of our neighbors to get to the nearest hospital three hours way. But we had no idea back then of the immensity of the tragedy. Today we are helping nearly 1050 households in the five villages around Madisi Secondary School.
Funds are used to provide direct aid to widows, orphans and the sick, as well as to operate our Community Treatment Center.
Choose a Strategic Project
Over the next two years we want to make strategic improvements to our schools. We want to ensure that there is clean, safe water for all of our students. We want to try to install generators so that there is electricity in all of our schools so our students can study at night. We want every single one of our students to have their own New Testament or Bible.
Give now for one of these strategic projects and contact us if you would like to get your church or your school actively involved in adopting one of these projects for a school in Tanzania.
Give to our General Fund.
A school, of course, is much more than a building. We need desks, blackboards, textbooks and teaching supplies. We buy as much as we can each month with the money that people donate. The cost of these materials is not high -- textbook costs $6 each, desks $18, blackboards $35 -- all probably easily affordable by parents in cities here in Tanzania, but very much out of the reach of people in the villages where we are building schools.
In 2014 our goal is to purchase 14,000 textbooks, 2200 desks and 204 blackboards.
Support a Missionary Teacher
All of our missionary teachers raise their own support during the time that they serve with us. Our commitment is to live as simply as possible in the villages where we serve, not only so that the bulk of the funds we raise can be used for projects in our schools, but so that we do not create any unnecessary barriers between us and our students and their families.
Over the next two years, our goal is to send an additional 24 missionary teachers to Tanzania to teach. You may designate your support for a particular missionary or you may chose to support their group efforts.
Help launch our expansion into the country of Malawi
In June 2013 people from 46 villages in southern Malawi began making the bricks necessary to build a new school for their children. Just as in Tanzania, these people made the bricks, they hauled the foundation stones, and they carrried the sand and the water – and in less than four months they made enough progress so that, on September 30th, they could open their school. We invite people to designate funds for this new work in Malawi so that we can have the metal roofing and the cement to continue to turn their hard work into more classrooms, as well as houses for teachers and the library and science laboratory they are now working on.
Our hope is that the building of this first school in Malawi will launch a moment of people in villages building schools – just as the building of the first school in Tanzania did.
If your school or your church would like to participate by building a classroom or organizing a fundraiser to help kids go to school, please contact us by email for details on how we can help you get organized to do this.