All three OA schools are operated according to a model of self-sustainability. Meaning, that once the school is operational, fully constructed, and registered with the government, it is capable of supporting itself. OA’s model combines tuition-paying students with fully-dependent orphan students. Tuition received from parents of non-orphan students covers the costs of teachers’ salaries, school operation, plus the room and board of the orphans. Also, by combining non-orphans with orphans, social stigmas and prejudices are reduced as opposed to being reinforced through orphan-only schools.
OA believes in development, not aid. Development at the grassroots level empowers people to rise to their own giftedness, to break the cycle of poverty, and to one day declare, “We have overcome.”
School #1: Marilynn Primary and Nursery School, Majohe, Tanzania
The Marilynn Primary and Nursery School is OA’s most advanced school, offering one of the highest levels of primary education available in Tanzania. With a library, a computer laboratory, and all-English instruction, the school gives over 250 students a strong educational foundation in preparation for secondary school. Click here to learn more about this school.
School #2: Mwaji Secondary School, Bujela, TZ
School #3: ISANDULA CENTER (MOPRO Secondary School / Mbozi Nursery School)
In 2008, the local community donated 80 acres in the Mbozi District of Western Tanzania for the development of the ISANDULA CENTER: composed of a boarding school and vocational training center for secondary students, plus a nursery school. (Approximately one-third of the children in this remote region of Tanzania are orphans.) Because the land grant is so large, orphans will be able to raise their own livestock and farm the land, learning animal husbandry and sustainable farming practices in addition to their regular school studies. Click here to learn more about the Center.