In many parts of the world girls face serious challenges that prevent them from receiving an education. Tanzania is no exception. Extreme poverty makes paying secondary school fees difficult for families, and often parents will choose to send their sons in lieu of their daughters. Girls that do have the privilege of attending school often face obstacles such as abuse and harassment, either on their way to school or from their male teachers in the classroom. Despite these barriers, many girls desperately want the opportunity to complete secondary school and create better lives for themselves and their families.

We, together with trusted partners and local community leaders, are helping to establish a private boarding school for girls to help bring hope and redemption to a remote island district of Tanzania, located in Lake Victoria. The school will be a safe place for local girls to learn, where they will be supported by caring female faculty. The vision for the Tumaini Jipya {New Hope} Secondary Girls’ School is that every pupil has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, free of abuse and injustice, in a Christ honoring atmosphere that allows them to thrive. Foundational to the mission of the school is the longing to show these girls that they are deeply loved and were created by God for a purpose. Our prayer is that this school will serve as a conduit for them to learn truth, discover their inherent value, and that the results will be eternally lasting.


Background

Our friends Rachel Hagues and Hunter Parker initially began traveling to this part of Tanzania in graduate school to conduct a service-learning program with adolescent girls. The harsh realities they observed, coupled with their passion for justice compelled them to continue working with the girls and several local ladies that had become their friends. Many years, one dissertation, several trips later, and much prayer, they recently began taking steps towards establishing the school which they hope will bring lasting change. Thanks to the efforts of committee members, they helped establish a committee of supportive leaders on the island and were given thirteen acres of land by the African Inland Church (AIC) Mara and Ukerewe Church for the school.

Flipbook Swahili and English are the
official languages in Tanzania
Tumaini Jipya Secondary School for Girls will be built in a central location on the island, adjacent to several churches, a medical clinic, with electricity and water available (though a well will need to be drilled). In addition to classrooms, dining facilities, gardens, dormitories for girls, housing for teachers, a recreational area, and an area for meetings and performances will be on the campus. The school will begin with Form 1 students, which is comparable to the freshman year of high school in the United States, and will go up to Form 4, with the eventual hope of adding the first Form 5 and 6 school on the island. Grades will be added in phases, with approximately fifty girls selected each year, coming from all parts of the island district, from varying socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. ROCK International is excited to help bring this school to fruition.


You Can Be A Vital Part

How can you help?

  • Please PRAY for the future of the school; in particular, for the volunteer committee and community leaders, for the planning, construction, and staffing of administration and teachers, and for the local girls that will attend!
  • Financial support is necessary to make this dream possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help with initial construction and associated costs.

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