LUCAS MHINA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Prior to being built children walked 2 hours to the other schools.
LUCAS MHINA SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
The second day after delivering 100 desks Lucas returned to the school to find 43 children from close villages sitting at the desks waiting for school to start. They found a Maisi warrior who had completed Form 4 and he started teaching.
The Losirwa school, one of our first schools we supported, is now overcrowded with more than 1000 students. The Tanzanian government bought 17 acres and asked Friends of Meali to build a school. We did so with the help of our wonderful supporters and named the school the Lucas Mhina Primary School (LMPS) after Lucas our Tanzanian Director, a man with vision and compassion, who has worked tirelessly and selflessly to make all that Friends of Meali accomplish happen.
The Lucas Mhina Primary School, K-7, is built near the Losirwa school. It is the first school that we have built from the ground up. We have built all the components of a school at our other three schools and are using this experience to design a school from scratch. The cost was $500,000.
Groundbreaking was Nov. 29 2022. Construction began in Jan 2023. The dedication of the school by the government of Tanzania was October 13, 2023. Students officially started school on Jan 8, 2024 The government is supplying 4 teachers and Friends of Meali is supplying 2. The government has promised more teachers as the school gets underway. Teachers need to be able to speak the local Masai language, teach Kiswahili, and some then even teach English.