Many students must choose to live closer to the school they want to attend, away from their families. These children range in age from about 13 to 18 years of age and must become responsible for themselves. Some have relatives they can live with while they attend school and others rent rooms from local landlords. Some of these landlords are fair and honest and provide adequate rooms (i.e., clean, safe, water, electricity, bathroom facilities). Others, however, are unscrupulous people who take advantage of the students’ situation, charging exorbitant rent for deplorable accommodations. And the girls are the most vulnerable in this situation, several being taken advantage of and/or physically harmed, others enticed to a life of prostitution in hope of a better life financially.
|Girls' Dorm Room Sponsorship||Girls' Recreation Room|
Village leaders in Nkungi decided that building safe housing adjacent to the school was the answer to this serious situation. Since the girls were the most vulnerable, they decided that a girls' dormitory was most needed. The village broke ground on the dormitory in 2007, but it would lay unfinished until January of 2009. FFCC committed time and money to finish the dorm in ten months. In January of 2010 the Governor of Singida along with volunteers from
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Sponsor-A-Dorm Room Project
With the dorm now complete, it is time to furnish it. There are 20 rooms plus a matron’s quarters. Each room will have at least two sets of bunk beds, with the option of adding a third when necessary to accommodate more students. The Sponsor-A-Dorm Room Project aims to furnish some basic necessities to make the room more comfortable, including: a colorful, handmade quilt, bath towels and toiletries, a wastebasket, wall mirror, and flip flops to wear while showering.
We are in the process of making quilts for the girls’ beds and are accepting donations of fabric, including muslin for the quilt backing and batting. We will also accept gift cards to Jo Ann’s Fabrics and Wal Mart for purchasing supplies. If you are interested in helping make the quilts—no experience necessary!—please see FFCC’s weekly newsletter for announcements for the next quilting party or contact Jo Ann Shaw for information at email@example.com.
In September 2010, ninety-six girls from the Gunda Secondary School in Nkungi, Tanzania will move into their beautiful new dormitory. Now that the girls will be living at the school, the recreation room that FFCC created for them last summer will be more important than ever. To date, the cabinets in the recreation room are, for the most part, empty.
How can you help? FFCC would welcome your donations of new or gently used books that would be appropriate for young teenage girls. They are all learning English so being able to read the books will not be a problem. For the purpose of this project, we are not looking for text books but novels, biographies, mysteries, etc. Also, we would like new board games, art supplies, music cds and DVD movies (G or PG rating only). A ping-pong table, volleyball net, and a basketball hoop are a few items we would like to have available for the girls to enjoy outside their dorm, as well. If you are able to donate any of these items or money to purchase them directly, please contact Tina Socha at firstname.lastname@example.org