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is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that envisions a world in which local communities are empowered
to create a safe and healthy living environment, while preserving their own
cultural values and practices. Responding to a lack of affordable secondary
education in Tanzania, IEFT works with local leaders and community members to
build and operate secondary schools that provide high-quality, free, holistic
education to families who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Orkeeswa
School proactively fosters a learning environment that values creativity,
enhances critical thinking, and builds leadership. The students emerge as
inspired leaders who work together to serve their community.
10% of Tanzanian youth are able to attend secondary school, a condition that
perpetuates the cycle of extreme poverty that cripples the local and national
economies. Government sanctioned schools, which are equivalent to public
schools in the US, charge approximately $500 USD in annual fees, however the
average annual Tanzanian family income is just $400 USD with poverty levels in
rural areas notably higher. Orkeeswa School was built in the foothills of the
Monduli Mountains, with the intention of battling the poverty cycle, faced by
the Maasai people who make up the majority of the population in this remote
area in northwest Tanzania.