Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
The OA-funded Isandula Vocational School (IVS) in Isandula, Tanzania is gearing up and getting ready to run after several years of construction. The school is situated on 80 acres of government-donated land and will offer vocational education that may include, drivers’ education, electrical, computer science, administrative, automotive, tailoring and farming skills programs.
Formal training is required to obtain a driver’s license in Tanzania. Trained drivers are well paid in rural Tanzania, where bus and taxi transportation is scarce. This income will allow the driver to rent or lease vehicles for hire and support their families.
Trained electricians are also in high demand due to Tanzania’s ever-expanding solar and conventional electrical power supply. Once power is available, trained electricians are critical to extend the electrical grid into communities, their homes, schools and businesses. Isandula and Mwaji, where OA has also funded a school, are already partially served by solar electrical power systems. These systems will provide power for computers, lab and test equipment, and lights for the schools and dormitories.
Once launched, the IVS is designed to be self-sustaining through tuition income. However, building the school itself and launching its programs has only been possible through the faithful support of our donors. OA, the community of Isandula, and the IVS’s future students all thank you. Stay tuned for more Isandula updates.
by Dave Skoor, OA Vice President