Total Cost: $46,000
Amount Needed: $20,176
The Mwanza Lutheran Secondary School is a dream project of the East of Lake Victoria Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Their vision, begun in 2004, is to establish the first Lutheran high school in Mwanza. The purpose for establishing this school is to provide affordable and Christ-centered education to less-privileged Tanzanians, who will in turn contribute meaningfully to society and become role models in their communities and beyond.
The project came to a halt after 2004 when the government would not give the diocese permission to run a school. However, in 2014 the dream was revived, and the diocese was finally given approval by the government to build a school. Over the years, with the little resources the church has been able to gather and help from partners, the diocese was able to build an administration building, five classrooms, and sufficient bathrooms/washrooms for now and for when the school one day becomes a boarding school. Fellow GLO missionaries, Eric and Linda Funke, fundraised $20,000 in January 2015 to build the bathrooms and two of the classrooms. They have also provided additional money for desks and chairs. While construction was going on, the school applied for license and inspections from the government with the intention of being registered and beginning classes in January of 2016. They also received applications from 13 new teachers who would teach at the school.
However, after the Tanzanian elections in November of 2015, the new government officials took over, and a law was passed that all schools hoping to offer sciences (Chemistry, Physic and Biology) must have a laboratory. The school will not be able to begin classes until this laboratory is completed. This requirement brought a great setback for a church struggling to raise support to see that the school is completed.
Christy Gbeanquoi has had the opportunity to meet with those concerned and has given a series of ideas on a way forward concerning the opening of the school. She has encouraged the diocese and its various congregations to see the school as a priority. This has really paid off and led the diocese and congregation members to begin construction on the laboratory. The total cost of laboratory completion is around $46,000. Within the diocese are 43 churches. Forty churches have been asked to raise $500 each and three of the larger churches have been asked to raise $2000 each in April. This will total 55% of the entire budget. However, it will not be enough to complete the building. They need partners in this important work.
As GLO missionaries, we want to take up the task to raise the remaining 45% between April and October. This is a breakdown of what that 45% will provide for the Laboratory:
This is a worthy cause, and we ask you to partner with us. This is the most essential part of this project, holding the key to the getting a government license. You can help this project reach completion, so that the teachers can begin teaching and the students can begin growing academically and spiritually.
If you are in the United States, you can press the “GIVE” button on this page or go to http://globallutheranoutreach.com/support-gbeanquoi.html to make a secure online donation with credit or debit card. Please make sure you write your donation in the box marked “Mwanza Lab” or the funds will not go to the right place. Or you can send a check made out to “Global Lutheran Outreach” with “Mwanza Lab” in the memo line to Global Lutheran Outreach; 6709 Ficus Drive; Miramar, FL 33023.
If you are in Nigeria and feel God is calling you to contribute to this project, you can kindly send your contribution to this account:
Bank: Sterling Bank
Acc Name: Naired Integrated Services
NAIRED Integrated Services
PO Box 6009, Anglo Jos
2nd Floor, Federal Mortage Bank Building
Secretariate Junction, Yakubu Gowon Way
Jos -Plateau State, Nigeria