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Volunteering in Matipwili

Lucy has come out to Kisampa from England for 8 weeks as part of her gap year. Her aim is to learn about Tanzania, life in the bush and life in a rural African village.  She is spending most of her time in Matipwili teaching the kids in the primary school computer technology. Jordan Satok donated 3 laptops to the primary school a little while back but they haven't been used as no one in the village really had any idea where to start. So Lucy has now been at Kisampa for almost 2 weeks and been going to the school and teaching 'Computer Technology' to Standard 5, 6 and 7 (the last three years of primary school). Before she came the kids had never actually seen a computer in real life but already now they are able to type formal letters, draw the Tanzanian flag, use the inbuilt calculator and create a pie chart or bar graph using Excel.  

Over the next week Lucy hopes to start adult computer classes in the village, for anyone who wants to learn but in particular for the teachers at the school so that after she leaves they are able continue the classes. Akida the librarian is really excited by the project and helps Lucy everyday in class alongside Omary or Kasim who come with her from Kisampa and look after her whilst she is in the village.  Lucy intends to present the idea of buying dongles for each of the computers so the village can get internet access and the tools to make the best use of it by the time she leaves to return to England.

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i was really moved when i read your post..those kids are so fortunate to have you guys, and they were obviously so happy about the laptop. there are lots of people who has wealth and knowledge only not to used it in a proper way..may you continue doing good services to the people of Africa..good luck!

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