Since ACE was registered as a charity, we have received tremendous support from the Rotary Club of St. Helens. Only a week ago, we were delighted to learn from Paul Winstanley, Team Leader New Generations (Youth) and Colin Ince, Team Leader World Community Service from the St.Helens Rotary, that an application had been made by St Helens Rotary to Rotary International. The good news was that the application had been successful and Arise School was to receive text books to the value of £1,000!
Text books in Tanzania are expensive and tend to be few and far between at Arise as in most Tanzanian schools. Within two days, a list of much needed curriculum related text books, including Maths, Science and Technology and Reading books, had been received from Arise.
With Paul’s and Colin’s support, the money for the books was swiftly transferred, via ACE, to the school. The next school day, a shopping trip was undertaken to the local town to purchase the books. Delighted pupils from Class 3 excitedly helped to open the many boxes and posed for photos with the brand new books.
The books are particularly timely as the next group of children are now working hard in preparation to sit their national exams in November. What a boost to their studies and, also, for the staff in the absence of sufficient text books, until now, the teachers have become used to preparing and copying worksheets for the children.
The grant is especially important as it comes at a point when the focus is on assuring the overall educational standard of Arise. A huge “Asante Sana” (Thank you) to both Rotary International and the Rotary Club of St Helens from all the children and staff at Arise School and from ourselves at ACE for helping to make such a big difference in the children’s studies by awarding this grant and for all their ongoing support.