In 2020 KYGN lost its sustainable income sources from agriculture due to the extreme weather and the pandemic.  Tourism stopped and so income from volunteers was not available.   KYGN also lost a vital income stream from fee paying students when the school closed.  KYGN, for some years now, has allocated a proportion of places to fee paying students in order to cover some of the costs, since KYGN receives no state funding.  It must be emphasized that no child who merits a free place is turned down and that there are fee paying students is  a testimony to KYGN’s achievements.  However, parents, with Government support, refused to pay for the months that the school was closed.  Of more relevance, most of those families could no longer afford to pay given the problems. 

Road collapsed by flooding Tanzania This picture shows the extent of the 2020 flooding where the road to the school collapsed 

KYGN UK is continuing to do all it can to support the school.  However, we have lost two major donors this year.  One other major donors has indicated that support will be significantly reduced next year and a further one has warned that they may not be able to contribute at all.  Fund raising events run by volunteers and other regular donors have also been hit.  The net effect of this is that we forecast a reduction in donations of up to 35%.  We have been in regular contact with the KYGN Team in Tanzania and have advised them of the financial situation.  They are re-doubling efforts to raise funds and cut costs, although there is very limited scope for the latter.  However, the impact of this means that we currently have funds for around five months running costs going forward. 

The quality of teaching and commitment of staff is demonstrated by the home learning and socially distanced return to school that they managed to achieve against all odds and resulted in an amazing result for the P7 children in their end of 2020 entry examinations for secondary school.  This school is making an amazing impact on the lives of children in rural Tanzania and with your help, it can continue in 2021 and beyond!

£1,500 a year can sustain a primary class at this school, can you pitch in?

Thank you!