The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation and Kilimanjaro Education Foundation pen New Classrooms in Tanzania
NEW YORK (December 11, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation and Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF) today announced the opening of two new 1,000 square foot modern–day classroom at the Michungwani Mashariki Primary School, not far from Tanga, Tanzania. The classrooms, officially opened on August 30th 2012, are equipped with two water collection systems. Hundreds of lesson books were provided to the students in every grade in addition to new desks for all classes. The classrooms were made possible through the generosity of The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation.
“The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation is very pleased to give the children of the Michungwani Mashariki Primary School an improved educational opportunity and to enhance the students’ ability to expand their knowledge with their new classrooms, desks and books,” said Ellis Johnson, director of The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation. “We continually look for opportunities where we can have a positive impact upon communities and individuals around the world. It has been our privilege to work with KEF to make this project a reality.”
“The building of these classrooms and the water systems were a momentous event for the school and village. These classrooms will take many kids from learning under trees and also provide them with access to fresh water in an area that is particularly dry,” remarked Michelle Landy, KEF board member. “We are very thankful for The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation’s generosity and its dedication to this project.“
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF), kef4kids.org founded in 2006, is incorporated in New York State and organized as a 501©(3). KEF strives to improve education and to build school facilities for underprivileged children in Tanzania and other countries bordering Kilimanjaro. KEF’s volunteers and directors share in and impart not only the Foundation’s passion for children and education, but also in KEF’s core values of honesty, integrity, creativity and imagination.
About The Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation
In addition to their recent work in Tanzania, The Janet W. Ketcham Foundation has built three schools in Afghanistan and has supported a program of the Global Partnership for Afghanistan in providing 8,000 hybrid poplar trees in ten provinces, teaching farmers irrigation and storage, and giving an alternative to growing poppies.
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