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TEAA supports secondary schools and teacher training in the East African nations of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. As former teachers in those countries we are uniquely positioned to establish close relationships with individual schools.

Judicious selection of schools, helping them with proposals and careful followup to assure success are all hallmarks of our efforts. Followup includes site visits at our own personal expense. We are tax-exempt and close to zero-overhead.

This Report includes information - from site visits in June, 2005 - on some of our projects in Uganda and Kenya. At that time we were preparing to support schools in Tanzania too. To that end, a delegation of us spent ten days in that country in July, 2005, collectively visiting teachers, students and principals in 22 secondary schools and 2 teacher training colleges in 9 towns and cities.

For a Dec-05 overview with photos, click here.


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  1. Uganda Update, June 24-25, 2005
  2. Kenya Update, June 27-28, 2005
  3. On Tax-Exempt Contributions to TEAA
  4. List of TEAA Grants
  5. TEAA Visits in East Africa


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  1. Uganda and Kenya: more from site visits
  2. Tanzania: school selection trip

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In 2003, twenty-five of us visited schools from Kampala to Nairobi and on to Arusha in a voyage of rediscovery and reconnection. At that time a concensus emerged on MacKay College, a promising and deserving high school in the Nateete neighborhood of Kampala. We were struck in particular by the dynamic and engaging principal, Gertrude Ssekabira, and felt confident that this would be a good place to support. Indeed we have made it the focus of our Uganda operations, with computers, support for high-performing AIDS orphans, and teacher training visits.

In 2004 Fawn Cousens and Henry Hamburger shopped in Kampala for computers to get for MacKay, and Fawn then followed through with Gertrude on the delivery of three new computers with a good selection software. One of them is shown in action at the left. They are located, along with a couple of others, in a small, newly constructed computer room, where, during in his June 2005 visit, Henry saw a competent young teacher providing individual facilitation to five students with various degrees of knowledge and learning rates.

The orphan-support project is principally the work of Arlone Child who has raised thousands of dollars and made her own substantial contributions. Gertrude has implemented the selection of students according to agreed guidelines, including academic performance in the top quarter. Fawn has been monitoring this effort.

TEAA support is not only financial but extends to the more personal realm of visiting and teaching. As part of his 2005 visit, Henry stayed two nights at the home of deputy head Anne Karemire, taught second- and fifth-year math and conducted a small teacher training session. John Dwyer made a similar visit in late July.
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We have a great oversight team in western Kenya, in the Bungoma area. Enoch Nandokha was Ed Schmidt's student at Kakamega HS in the 60s and has much to say about Ed's helpfulness, wisdom and generosity at that time. Enoch went on to become an excellent biologist and has now entered an active retirement that includes being our representative. He is joined in this oversight role by his friend David Wamalwa, who served 11 years as principal of Bungoma HS, building it into the best and largest high school in the district. That's them at the right, with Enoch on the left.

Our choice of schools to support was based partly on our confidence in these two individuals. In 2004, with the concurrence of some other active TEAArs, Henry visited 11 highly recommended schools in five areas of Kenya, with a view to finding at least one for us to support. One of those areas was around Bungoma where he stayed with Enoch and, through him, met David. The three of them traveled to four high schools and became something of an inspirational road show, speaking at hastily called assemblies at each school.

On the basis of these visits and in consultation with some Steering Committee members, Henry submitted, to the TEAA Grants Panel, a proposal to support two of the Bungoma-area schools. One of these, Bishop Atundo HS, Kimaeti, had dramatically improved under the leadership of a principal who was once David's deputy. He had planned an improved laboratory and our grant called for equipment. At the other, A.C. Butonge HS, the upbeat principal had instilled an ethic of running from one activity to the next. There we agreed to a project to furnish and stock the library.

This year Henry was delighted to find Butonge's formerly empty library now occupied by sturdy new tables, plenty of chairs, and a significant collection of books, all bought with TEAA's grant. Most importantly, it was also occupied - as you can see at the left - by a goodly collection of students, avidly reading those books.

Butonge was, moreover, among the top 10% of schools in the nation in terms of year-to-year improvement on the examinations for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. We have agreed to follow-on funding which will go exclusively for books this time.

At Bishop Atundo there was a temporary setback: a change of principals, and lack of communication about the specific conditions on our grant. There is good news too, though. First, the money is still there; indeed the new principal was saving for the planned lab. This would be ok, but there is not enough additional money flowing in to make it likely to work any time soon.

The other side of the good news is that Enoch and David were already on top of the situation, informed Henry upon his arrival, and the three of them have taken action. They met with the new principal, the head trustee and the parent leader and the school will now spend the money on the equipment in the original mutually agreed list.
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On Tax-Exempt Contributions to TEAA

Teachers for East Africa Alumni (TEAA) is a non-profit tax-exempt (501c3) organization whose principal objective is support for education in the East African nations of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This page presents what we have done so far in pursuit of this goal.

Contributions to TEAA go to the support of secondary schools with unusual promise and where we have direct knowledge and contact. All money goes to the schools except delivery costs, since we have no salaries and site visitors pay their own way.

For further information or to make a contribution, contact the TEAA treasurer, Henry Hamburger, at 6400 Wynkoop Blvd, Bethesda, MD, 20817-5934; henryh@cs.gmu.edu; 301-320-4350. Contributions should be in the form of checks payable to TEAA. It is also possible to designate TEAA as a beneficiary in one's will.
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List of TEAA Grants

1. Aug 03: $2,000 to provide 14 scholarships to MacKay* College in Nateete, Uganda, for capable students unable to pay their tuition.

2. Nov 03: $250 for copies of "English for Life" books for Uganda Schools.

3. Apr 04: $500 to ACCES (African Canadian Continuing Education Society) at Kakamega, Kenya, for blackboards and school supplies. These are to be used in their Literacy for All program.

4. July 04: $3,650 grant from the 1% for Development Fund of the United Nations, for solar panels at Kitengesa Community Library (KCL) in Uganda. KCL does business as TEAA in the USA.

5. Aug 04: $1,600 for 3 computers for MacKay College, a secondary school in Nateete, Uganda, near Kampala. This includes $100 for an instructor to travel to another school to learn up-to-date computer applications.

6. Oct 04: $1,000 to equip physics, biology, and chemistry labs at Mukuyu Secondary School, near Migori, in Kenya.

7. Oct 04: $1,000 to ship new and donated books to the African Institute of Social Development in Uganda, to pay for the purchase of new books and to pay 10 percent royalties to authors for portions of books to be photocopied more cheaply in Uganda.

8. Jan 05: $1,000 for shared textbooks and library furniture at A. C. Butonge HS near Bungoma, Kenya.

9. Jan 05: $3,000 in two installments to Bishop Atundo, Kimaeti, Kenya, for science lab equipment.

10. Apr 05: $1,000 for books, principally dictionaries, atlases and "English for Life" personally distributed to 20 Tanzanian schools in July.

11. June 05: $1,000 for library books and shared textbooks at A. C. Butonge HS near Bungoma, Kenya.

12. June 05: $350 for science equipment to Wamalwa Kijana HS in Bungoma, Kenya.

13. Aug 05: $3,265 for MacKay scholarships, beyond item #1, in 2004 and 2005.

14. Sept 05: $600 for science equipment to Nyakato HS in Bukoba, Tanzania.

15. Sept 05: $500 for computer renovation and faculty training at Mpwapwa HS in Mpwapwa, Tanzania.

16. Sept 05: $1,500 for specified books in three subjects at MacKay College, Kampala, Uganda.

17. Sept 05: $1,000 for chemistry equipment at Mukuyu HS near Migori, Kenya.

18. Sept 05: $500 for science equipment at St. Mary's HS near Migori, Kenya.

19. Oct 05: $450 to ship some 250 recently published books - collected for us by the School of Education at George Mason University - to two new teacher training colleges in Tanzania.

20. Oct 05: $400 for classroom equipment at several high schools in Tanzania

21. Oct 05: $650 for physics texts at Nganza GHS, Mwanza, Tanzania.

Projects Undertaken by Individual TEAA Members

1. May 04: Ron and Keith Schuchard raise through Emory College a gift of 20 computers and a set of encyclopedias. In a series of subsequent visits they have brought a wide variety of other donations.

2. Sept 05: Frank Mitchell donates $6,900 for computer equipment and internet access to Bwiru Boys HS in Mwanza, Tanzania.

3. Oct 05: Sam Bell ships 30 3-year-old, top-of-the-line computers to Nkumba University, Uganda, at an expense of $4,000.
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TEAA Visits in East Africa

1. June 03: Itinerant conference, "K03." After meeting and visiting schools in Kampala, Uganda, 24 of us travel extensively in Kenya and briefly in Tanzania. We meet with students, teachers, principals, teacher educators and government education officials in all three countries. Final stop is in Arusha, Tanzania, where we agree on criteria for school support.

2. May 04: Ron and Keith Schuchard accompany a group from Emory College to Meru School in Kenya to donate 20 computers and a set of encyclopedias.

3. Feb 04: Pat Gill returns to Uganda to teach.

4. June 04: Henry Hamburger visits many schools in Kenya, to find one to recommend for focused support.

5. July 04: Bill Jones returns to Kenya.

6. July 05: Itinerant conference, "Dar05." 19 participants. We begin with two days at Dar es Salaam, where we meet with UDSM education faculty, government education officials and President Mkapa. Individuals then fan out over Tanzania for three days to re-establish connections with schools where they had taught. After a rest day in Lushoto, we spend two days each in Moshi and Arusha, continuing to meet with students, teachers and principals.

7. Summer 05: Trips to Uganda and Kenya before and after Dar05 by Pat Gill, John Dwyer and Henry Hamburger. Pat goes to Nkumba University and also pursues the creation of classroom materials. John and Henry make separate visits to MacKay, Nateete/Kampala to teach, train, observe and visit. Henry checks on our projects in and around Bungoma.

8. Sept 05: Frank Mitchell visits his old school, Bwiru BHS in Mwanza, Tanzania, exploring and assisting with computing and internet needs.

9. Nov 05: Ed Schmidt and Henry Hamburger travel a circuit of Lake Victoria with 10 school visits covering all three countries.

10. Dec 05: Betty Castor and Sam Bell go to Uganda and Tanzania. For more information on their trip, keep watching this space.
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