Bishop Lukanima School - Kabuhinzi, Ukerewe

Tanzania

Kabuhinzi is a remote rural village on the island of Ukerewe where the main source of income is subsistence farming. We were introduced to the people of Kabuhinzi by our late friend and mentor Bishop Fortunatus Lukanima, a well-respected leader on the island of Ukerewe.  This school project benefits the children of Kabuhinzi, estimated at well over 50% of the village population, and of course also benefits the adults. As Nelson Mandela reminded us a number of years ago, “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”.

Ukerewe Island - Nansio District Hospital , Tanzania

À propos

The population of Kabuhinzi is 807. The village has three leaders, each who head up a group of farmers in an educational program called the Farmer Field School. They are well organized consisting of approximately 90 adults (50/50 male/female) and have been meeting as a group regularly for two years. Kabuhinzi village has also taken the SODIS training, cleaning water through solar power, and continues to utilize this method and reports feeling healthier as a result.

We were introduced to the people of Kabuhinzi by our late friend and mentor, retired Bishop Fortunatus Lukanima. Bishop Lukanima was a well-respected leader on the island of Ukerewe and was supportive of increasing access to education.  This school project benefits the children of Kabuhinzi, which would be estimated at well over 50% of the village population, and of course in turn also benefits the adults of the village. Over the past year many people have come forward to support the school project. CACHA friend, Scott Gibson, was a big supporter and he and his daughter worked together to raise funds which were instrumental in the building of the 2nd classroom. Sadly, Scott passed away earlier this year.

The villagers report that now with 2 classrooms and a teacher’s office built, they need only to complete 1 teacher quarters and a toilet facility in order for the Tanzanian government to officially register the school and place a teacher(s) there. There is no dispensary or other community building in the village and so having a school will mean a place for the community to gather. The hope is that it will also provide a space whereby CACHA might hold a medical mission in the village with their Nansio Hospital partners. 

Your contributions can help the children of Kabuhinzi begin their education earlier and therefore allow them the opportunity to access higher levels of education.

“From better health to increased wealth, education is the catalyst of a better future for millions of children, youth and adults. No country has ever climbed the socioeconomic development ladder without steady investments in education.” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO