Since 2004, Scottsdale Bible Church has had a relationship with two communities in Tanzania, Mairowa and Kondoa. We have partnered with a local Tanzanian ministry called Ereto East Africa Foundation to provide primary school education. We have also facilitated improved medical and dental health, participated in community development, provided leadership training for pastors and lay leaders, and demonstrated the love of Christ through these activities.
Scottsdale Bible Church supports the operational costs of the Mairowa and Kondoa primary schools through a Sponsorship Program and provides construction funds through participation in fundraising events. We also encourage participation in short-term mission trips to Tanzania.
As shared in our April 14/15 services and in this video, we are directing the April Elders’ Fund offering toward building a dormitory for adolescent girls who attend our Mairowa school in Tanzania. Because of the Maasai cultural practices in this community, girls as young as nine years old are at risk of abuse and forced marriages. This dormitory will provide a safe place for them to live and study. Our goal is to raise $200,000, which will cover the building costs as well as seed money for initial staffing. We believe God is calling us to meet this need and to offer these girls a place to learn and thrive as they experience God’s love and care for them.GIVE TO THE GIRLS DORM PROJECT
Nearly 900 students are taught English, math and science in our two schools, and they also learn 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, and taking on this responsibility offers an opportunity to impact not only the life of a child, but their family and entire community. 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, you agree to give $35/month per child, pray for your child, and send a card or letter biannually with one of our teams. We encourage you to consider joining one of these short-term mission teams to visit your child and help serve the teachers and families. Download a letter template you may use.
We are so thankful that currently all of our children have sponsors! New children are always being added to the program, so check back again later in the year to see the photos of children who need sponsors. To learn more or to be added to our waitlist for sponsoring a child, contact Suzanne at 480.824.7246.
If you already sponsor a child, click the donate button to set up or make a regular payment.donate
The Kondoa Integrity School (KIS) opened in January 2006 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Kondoa. Kondoa is 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 sixty children in each grade level and the current total number of students up to sixth grade is 450.
There has been an amazing transformation in our students’ English ability and this is very visible in the community. Another well known characteristic of KIS is that the children are individually loved and nurtured by their teachers, which is recognized and appreciated by their parents. Classes begin each day with praise, prayer and devotions which center on a story from the scriptures.
The Mairowa Integrity School (MIS) opened January 2006 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Mairowa. Mairowa is a village of 16,000, predominantly Maasai, people in northern Tanzania. 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 there are 240 students through sixth grade.
Mairowa is a community without electricity or running water. Scottsdale Bible continues to work with our Tanzanian partners toward community development and self-reliance. In 2005, Scottsdale Bible provided a well, enabling a consistent supply of inexpensive, clean water to the village. An agriculture project was initiated at MIS to support the children’s feeding program. In 2009, a dental clinic was established at the government health clinic to serve the community. And in 2011, solar power was installed at MIS to expand the teaching and learning possibilities of the students, teachers and community.