Since 2004, Scottsdale Bible Church has had a relationship with two communities in Tanzania: Mairowa and Kondoa. We have built a school in each community where we provide primary, Christian education in English. SBC continues to work with our Tanzanian partners toward community development and self-reliance. In 2005, a well was dug in Mairowa, enabling a consistent supply of inexpensive, clean water to the village. An agriculture project was initiated at both schools to support the children’s feeding program. And in 2011, solar power was installed at the school in Mairowa to expand the teaching and learning possibilities of the students, teachers and community.
SBC supports the operational costs of the primary schools through a Child Sponsorship Program.Sponsor a Child Now
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Sponsoring a child in Tanzania can be a life-changing experience. You can provide an education, nutritious food, health care and a hopeful future. Here are some ways to get involved:
Nearly 900 students are enrolled in our two schools, where they learn the basics and also about the Bible and Jesus’ love for them. Both schools produce some of the highest performing students in the district. The children receive two meals each school day, which is often the only food they receive for the week.
Each child needs a sponsor. Your support helps meet your sponsored child’s basic nutrition and health care needs, and provides a quality biblical education that will prepare him or her for a transformed future. As a sponsor of one of our primary school students, you agree to give $40/month per child, pray for your child, and send a cards or letters with one of our teams. Download a letter template you may use.
Once a child graduates from our primary school, the cost for secondary school is $75/month for private schools and $45/month for government schools. Then the cost for advanced schooling or vocational training varies, but is typically $600-$1500 annually. Dual sponsorship is available for higher cost secondary education.
We encourage all sponsors to consider joining one of our short-term mission teams to meet your child and his or her family.
New children are always being added to the program. See the current students needing sponsors here.
In 2018, we received a special Elder’s Fund offering to build a dormitory for adolescent girls who attend our Mairowa school in Tanzania. The details and need were shared in this video, The offering raised approximately $300,000, which has covered the building costs as well as initial staffing for the dorm. We’re excited to report the dorm is finished and opened in January 2019. It now provides a safe and comfortable place for the girls to live, study and thrive as they experience God’s love and care for them. We praise God for the opportunity to meet this need!
Kondoa Integrity School (KIS) opened in January 2006 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Kondoa, a city of 25,000 predominantly Muslim people in central Tanzania. A student’s education at KIS begins with two years of preschool and kindergarten to begin the transition to learning English. There are 60 children in each grade level and the current total number of students up to seventh grade is 520.
The Mairowa Integrity School (MIS) opened January 2006 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Mairowa, a village of 16,000 predominantly Maasai people in northern Tanzania without electricity or running water. A student’s education at MIS begins with two years of preschool to provide a transition from Maa, the Maasai language, to English. There are 30 children in each grade at MIS and currently 320 students through seventh grade.