Updates from Ulolela

One of Achieve in Africa’s most recent projects is the construction of a Community Learning Center in Ulolela village in southern Tanzania.  The learning center is used to promote after-school learning for students from surrounding schools.  In addition to after-school tutoring, the CLC will soon offer self empowerment courses for women, business fundamentals training for entrepreneurs, agriculture education for farmers, and HIV/AIDS awareness for teenagers and adults.  The Center is powered by solar panels on the roof, and is the only structure in the village of Ulolela and surrounding villages with electricity.  Students can use the CLC to study without needing to burn an expensive oil lantern.

The Learning in a Village Project (LEVI), AIA’s partner in the CLC, recently sent an update to its constituents about AIA’s recent visit to the village:

In August, the Fourth-Annual Weeks of Sports and Learning descended upon Ulolela, bringing together villagers of all ages, government leaders and volunteers from the United States. For two weeks, the parties conducted stakeholders meetings, performed communal labor, and took part in reading, writing and athletic competitions.

Volunteers included Brendan Callahan, founder and president of Achieve in Africa; Alyssa Snow, co-founder and vice president Achieve in Africa; Michael Wurth, Jenny Le and Ethan Bockenstette, from United Students for Africa. The volunteers were greeted with a special ngoma, a traditional drum ceremony.

Alyssa Snow (right), vice president of Achieve in Africa, and Jenny Le,a volunteer from United Students for Africa, dancing at the ngoma.

At a village meeting to announce the opening of the CLC, Fokas Nchimbi, AIA’s Learning Center Program Manager and founder of LEVI, noted that Achieve in Africa was especially important, as we funded the construction of the CLC, as well as the solar panels on its roof.

Electrician installing a solar panel at the Ulolela Community Learning Center

Fokas Nchimbi also stressed the importance of HIV/AIDS education and prevention, as lack of knowledge about the disease is one of the current challenges facing Ulolela.  At the meeting, Brendan Callahan, AIA’s president, introduced new learning program curricula (Self-Empowerment for Women, Business Education, HIV/AIDS Education and Internship Training) that will be implemented at the Ulolela Community Learning Center.

Great progress is being made in Ulolela and we are excited to see the Learning Center and the programs implemented serve as valuable educational resources for the community.

If you would like to learn more about the Learning Center and how you can help support the project, please visit our website.