Our Projects

Primary School Education

The main objective of our education project in the Kingiti Primary School is to provide all children from families unable to support them with the means to gain an education. Though there is no tuition for primary school enrollment, the costs of the necessary clothing and supplies often prevent orphans and the children of the poorest families from gaining what is the equivalent of an elementary and middle school education. Primary school is where the children of Kingiti are taught Tanzania’s national language, Swahili (Kigogo is spoken in the home), and it is also where they learn all of the other essential subjects necessary for a child hoping for a future with options beyond the village. It costs approximately $40 per year to support a child in primary school. This includes a uniform, shoes, supplies, school lunches, and extra-curricular activity fees. We are currently funding 30 students at the Kingiti Primary School and 10 students at the Kigwe School for the Deaf.

 

Secondary School Education

Gaining a secondary school education is a Tanzanian student’s first big step to achieving their goals beyond the village, and, much like a high school diploma or GED in the US, few doors open without it. It is the level of education that all children in villages like Kingiti aspire to achieve, though most do not have the opportunity to pursue. This is due to a gross lack of secondary schools in rural villages throughout the country. The nearest secondary school to Kingiti is in a small town called Kibakwe, and, with the unavailability of transportation, it is beyond the reach of most of the village’s finest students. This distance requires the family to be able to afford lodging in one of Kibakwe’s student hostels, in addition to tuition and supplies, in order to enroll their child in the Kibakwe Secondary School. Sending a child to the Kibakwe Secondary School costs approximately $250 per year, which is about half of the average annual income for the farming households of Kingiti. We are currently funding 37 students in secondary school. Additionally, we are sponsoring two students in college and medical school in Iringa and Dodoma.

Public Health and Medical Outreach

The Kingiti Fund’s partnership with the Mpwapwa District Medical Officer’s department and the Mpwapwa District Hospital Director, Dr. Said Mawji, is one with the shared goal to improve emergency medical services provided at this hospital.  Three of The Kingiti Fund’s six board members are emergency medicine (EM) physicians in the US. We are training the district hospital’s physicians and staff in the fundamentals of EM practices in the US with an emphasis on locally-applicable interventions.

 

In 2018, introduced the hospital’s first defibrillation unit, along with a large amount of other medical and trauma resuscitation equipment, and conducted its first training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Our additional training, modeled after the Muhimbili National Hospital Emergency Medicine training program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has followed a curriculum supported by the African Federation for Emergency Medicine’s (AFEM) comprehensive textbook for EM training in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Water Sanitation

The KSSVHOF Water Purification System

Water in Kingiti is brought by a single 2” pipeline five miles long, originating in a small winding stream in the mountains West of the village. The pipe splits into four centrally located water stations, each with two taps, for the 3,000 inhabitants of the village. The water runs for an average of four hours per day in the early morning. Though eight taps, running only a few hours a day, supplying the water needs of 3,000 people is unfathomable to most Westerners, it is not the sharing of water that presents the biggest problem- but the water itself. It is entirely untreated and, being that its origin is on top of a mountain where other people reside and livestock are brought to water, it is the clear source of much of the parasitic and bacterial infections that afflict the people of Kingiti. Unfortunately, the scarcity of firewood in the arid villages of Mpwapwa makes the practice of boiling drinking water unfeasible for these households, leaving them completely unprotected from the organisms that contaminate this water. In 2011, a chlorine gas water purification system was installed in Kingiti village, the first of its kind in the Mpwapwa district.

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