Recognising Effort at Arise School

Very sadly, earlier this year, a colleague of one of our ACE supporters lost his life in the Ethiopian air crash. Much respected by those he worked with, Nasser had assumed a greatly valued mentoring role with his colleagues. In memory of Nasser, they wanted to make a donation to the charity.

As a mentor, Nasser motivated and encouraged his colleagues. Following an exchange of ideas with Arise School and our supporter, we agreed the donation should be used in a way that would motivate and encourage Arise pupils.

With this in mind, the staff, in conjunction with the headteacher, chose five girls and five boys, who, in their opinion, had worked very hard or done particularly well in their schooling in spite of adversity, illness, death or other difficult circumstances at home and merited having their efforts recognised.

So, this week, the children were taken into the local town of Moshi, about 35 kilometres from Arise, to each choose a book. For some of the children it would have been their first trip outside the village and, no doubt, the first book that they will have owned! As a special treat the children were rewarded with their favourite meal…….chicken and chips!

A big “Asante sana” (thank you) to all of Nasser’s colleagues for their generous support in this way.

“Connecting Classrooms” at Arise and Cronton Schools

Since the early years of the charity, the pupils of Cronton C of E Primary School, have raised money for ACE with the ongoing support of their Headteacher, staff, families and the local church congregation. They have also donated hundreds of items to Arise, including school shoes, football kits and sports equipment. In October 2017, Arise pupils were delighted to welcome Cronton’s Headteacher when she visited for the official opening of the school.

This longstanding, joint working has now taken a very exciting step further. Recently, a joint application for funding was submitted to the British Council’s “Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning” programme. This international programme supports teaching and learning about global issues. It enables pupils to learn and work together on the big issues that face the world today. The two global learning themes chosen by Arise and Cronton Schools to work on together are Zero Hunger and Gender Equality.

“Connecting Classrooms” will also allow for an exchange of teachers between Cronton and Arise Schools with so many potential benefits for pupil learning, teachers and the schools as a whole.

On our recent visit to Arise, we were able to welcome British Council staff from both Tanzania and the U.K. to the school. Much to our delight, we have since learned that the application has been successful.

As part of Zero Hunger, pupils at Arise wasted no time in starting work on a pumpkin growing project. Within a few days, they had cleared an area in the school grounds and planted pumpkin seeds. It is now only a few weeks later but we have already received photos of the seedlings growing rapidly. It is anticipated that they will be ready for harvesting in February. Meanwhile, from the start of the new school year in January, pupils will have a series of lessons to learn about the causes and potential solutions to hunger across the world.

We know that being able to participate in “Connecting Classrooms” will have so many positive and beneficial spin offs for pupils and staff at both Arise and Cronton Schools and wish them good luck in taking it forward.

Arise School: an Oasis of Joy.

Recently, two of our ACE sponsors, Angie and Clint, took the opportunity of combining some time at Arise School with a holiday in Tanzania. Now home in the U.K., Angie sent the following to us about their stay at Arise:

“ We are just back from an amazing, life changing trip to Arise school. We had sponsored a pupil there for the last two years and wanted to go and visit the place where it all happens.

On arrival, we were greeted with a whole school assembly. The children were happy and super well behaved. Singing was second nature and amazingly in tune. Their joy of attending was so evident. This school is a very special place. It’s much more than just a school – community resource and a beacon of hope and wellbeing.

Many pupils live in poverty and an opportunity to attend this wonderful school means food, love and care as well as a fabulous education and a chance to immerse themselves in the English language.

We stayed with one of the staff, Anna, and her adorable son Jovial. Immediately, I felt part of the family and formed a friendship which I believe will be life-long.

As a former teacher, I did a few lessons here and there but we found lots of other opportunities to help out. Clint painted the ceiling of the girls’ dormitory as a few of the children actually live on the premises. I made a few posters with some stickers from back home to help brighten the place up. We helped to serve the twice daily meals which are so important. Growing children need sustenance! At the weekend, we organised games as the school is a community hub.

I felt incredibly fortunate to meet Janeth, the little girl I sponsor, and her Mum. We went on a few home visits and met so many children who are desperately in need of a place at the school.

The happiness of the pupils is evident to see. If ever a project made a difference, this is it!! Arise is an amazing school! We are so proud to be a part of it. It was an amazing experience and I think we will be back”.

Asante Sana, Ray!

Trips to Arise School are always very special and memorable occasions for us. Our recent one, accompanied by one of our ACE supporters, Ray Vincent, and his son, Chris, was certainly no exception.

In January this year, we received a tremendous boost to our efforts to enable Arise to become self sustaining. This was the result of an extremely generous donation to ACE from Ray, a self-made businessman and ongoing supporter of the charity. Ray wanted his donation to be used specifically to help Arise become self-sustaining. He also wanted it to be used in a way that would benefit the community.

As a result, ten, two bedroomed houses have now been built and are nearing completion on land owned by the school. The first two will be ready for rent in a few weeks and income from this will go directly to Arise. As with all other construction at Arise, the work on building the houses and associated tasks has been undertaken by local workers, generating jobs for the community. When rented out, tenants will either be from the community or in employment locally.

After receiving a very warm, musical welcome from the Arise pupils, and with garlands placed round their necks in traditional Tanzanian style, we were able to show Ray and Chris the houses firsthand. He was also able to meet some of the local workmen. As Ray modestly put it, his donation to ACE was “in memory of my parents’ hard work and the opportunities it gave me in life”.

With the income received from the rents, the first priority for the school will be to sponsor some of the poorest children in the local community. Ray’s generosity will give those children opportunities that they would not otherwise have, initially, the opportunity of an education.

A huge “Asante sana” to Ray from both Arise School and ourselves for creating the potential to make such a difference in their lives.

Arise Pupils Get a Head Start for their Financial Future

Learning how to manage money is an essential life skill although one that is often overlooked in the classroom. However, Arise School was not willing to take this risk. Instead, it is giving pupils a head start.

Arise believes that there is no age limit to helping children learn to manage money. In a developing economy, like Tanzania, this is especially the case. Very recently, the school teamed up with NMB Bank to teach the older pupils the basics of managing money and saving for the future.

Imelda and Reuben, two of the bank’s employees, changed their roles to become teachers for the day at Arise. Together, they provided a financial seminar which included money management skills and saving strategies. The pupils learned about the value of money, how to budget and how to save for future benefit as well as how the bank can help them with this.

The seminar was greatly enjoyed by the pupils. At the end of the day, much empowered with regards to financial stewardship, to their delight, each also received a NMB sports bag.

Arise is now looking forward to planning more seminars with NMB. Just another example of how Arise is giving its pupils a head start in life.

Arise Goes Green!

All efforts at Arise School are now focusing on it becoming self sustaining. As part of this, a farm project has been started growing vegetables. We all know that a healthy diet is one of the ingredients integral to smart children who can concentrate on their studies.

The aim of the project, among many others, is to cut down the food budget whilst providing healthy, nutritious food for the children. The vegetable farm is already enabling the school to save much from the money that would otherwise have been spent on food. In addition, the children have a much healthier lifestyle.

The farm has not only been a benefit to the school. It has also benefited staff members and some of the neighbours in the local community who are able to have a taste of the green vegetables grown.

Organic manure is used instead of artificial manure. This encourages ecological preservation and reduced chemical intake, preserving the environment. Following the successful ACE Well Appeal and the installation of the well during 2018, the school no longer depends on rainfall for irrigation. This makes if possible for vegetables to be produced throughout the year.

The outcome is to the benefit of all the students at Arise – healthy, nutritious meals contributing both to their overall development and wellbeing and their ability to make the most of their opportunity of education.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has made this possible. If you are in the area, Arise welcomes you to call by can and have a taste of the vegetables grown on the farm.

Karibu sana

Carmel College Interact Group Fundraises for Arise School

We were delighted to learn recently that, on top of their studies, students from Carmel, our local sixth form college, have been busy undertaking various initiatives to raise money for Arise School via their Interact Group.

Interact Groups are part of an international organisation, supported by Rotary International and local Rotary Clubs, in this instance our local Rotary Club of St. Helens. Based in schools and colleges, the groups seek to offer young people, aged 12 – 18 years, opportunities to work together to the benefit of both their local community and to encourage international understanding.

Two weeks ago, members of the Carmel Interact Group, invited us to take our ACE display to a charity fair they had organised for those charities they have been supporting. At the end, they presented us with a cheque for an amazing £1,000 for text books for Arise. Within a few days, to the delight of both pupils and teachers, the school had purchased the books. This means that, in every subject, Arise now has sufficient text books for two pupils to share one book.

This week, we were able to return to Carmel College to tell the students a bit more about Arise, its background and ethos. Not least, they were able to see photos of the books being purchased and watch a short video featuring two of the pupils very enthusiastically thanking the members of the Interact Group for their support.

To their thanks, we would like to add ours. Two years ago, Arise had but two or three texts books in each subject. The teachers were constantly having to prepare, print and copy worksheets, a both time consuming and costly process. Without the incredible support of St. Helens Rotary Club from whom we received a donation towards text books in 2018, and that of the Carmel Interact Group, there would have been very little chance that we would have achieved this position in such a short time. A huge “Asante sana” to all who made this possible.