"I slept and dreamed that life was joy
I awoke and saw that life was service
I acted and, behold: service was joy."
Poet Rabindranath Tagore
Denis Pius Jenipha PrayGod
Anna in her "factory" where she made tablecloths to sell in order to support her school.
St. Rose of Lima Academy
Neilejileji sponsored by Debbie Martins
Just this past December, Engilang'et's sister school in California held a Walk-A-Thon to support the children in Tanzania East Africa. They felt it was important that Anna's dream continue. Their efforts raised more than $12,000 to help the school! The school desperately needs these funds to continue to serve the poorest and most vulnerable children in Arusha, Tanzania. Thank you to all the courageous and generous students, faculty and parents who put in so much effort to create such an awesome fundraiser! You are global heroes!
Furaha sponsored by Dainess sponsored by Josephine sponsored by
The Rodriguez Family The Dallesander family Lisa and Francis Brogan
The 5th grade students at Engilang'et Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania have a unique opportunity to communicate with students half a world away in California. Seeds of Hope would like to thank Ms. Lauren Cantrell, Mr. Kevin Butler, Ms. Mary Chen, Mr. Boniface Mollel and the music teacher at The Laurence School for their dedication to bringing our world a little closer by giving their students this invaluable opportunity! Engilang'et Primary School and The Laurence School became Sister Schools in the fall of 2020 and spend time sharing experiences via letters, emails, flip grid videos and music videos. The SOHT founder, Debi Mazura, gave a brief presentation and held a virtual question and answer session with the 5th grade students at The Laurence School at the beginning of the school year. This unique connection brings understanding and compassion as the students learn through one another, seeing the world in a whole new way. Children leading the way to an interconnected world!
New and ongoing projects and needs for Engilang'et Primary School and Dormitory:
Medical insurance for ALL the children living at the dormitory $900 per year
Support for the medical care and education of Maria, Leah, Ohini, Lengai, Fanuel, Nanuri, Merinyo, Duadi and Obedi
The students attending first grade at Mother Kevin Primary school are Raphael, Israel, Daniel, Godfrey, Dainess and Furaha.
Our goal is to continue Anna's legacy and make sure Engilang'et Primary School continues to educate the most vulnerable children. We have made arrangements to sell Anna's table cloths and scarves here in the US for $25 and $30 each year during the months of November and December each year.
100% of all the funds raised will go to support the children and programs at Engilang'et.
6th grade girls accepting our gift of science books from Eastport Elementary. Without the education provided by Engilang'et, some of these girls would have been forced into early marriage by age 14.
Yohanna sponsored by Mike and Susan Berdinka
Anita sponsored by the Ciampi Family.
Israel sponsored by
Mike and Susan Berdinka
Lengai, a 7th grader at Engilang'et, plays basketball on the new court we provided. He lives and goes to school at Engilang'et. He had tuberculosis as a baby and it settled in his spine. He can no longer walk. He gets around on this bicycle we provided for him.
Teachers Flora and Rose teaching the children.
Riziki sponsored by
Lynn and Carl Turnquist
This chicken project at the school which was provided by The Women's Group from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Moriches.
We helped Agatha attend Teacher's College after she finished Form 4. She is pictured here with her child, who needed heart surgery shortly after his birth. Seeds of Hope paid for his surgery.
Agape sponsored by Liz Taggart
St. Rose of Lima Academy has a student population of over 30 students with 3 teachers, Flora, Nuri and Rose at the helm. Our "kindergarten" program consisting of 3 levels- Baby 1, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. After the program is completed children move on to Standard 1 (which is equivalent to our Grade 1) at Mother Kevin Primary School. School fees for Mother Kevin Primary School is $500 per year, per student. The children who attend St. Rose receive a meal during the day. We are grateful to our sponsors who send monthly donations to support the students. The children get a good education and get to fill their bellies- it could be the only food they get that day.
The old school...
More of Our students in Tanzania- Past and Present
Anesta sponsored by
the McCall Family
Winah sponsored by Claudia sponsored by Noeli sponsored by
the Mulligan Family the Mulligan Family the Mulligan Family
Raphael sponsored by Godson sponsored by
Pat Lazazzaro Charlie McGuire
Anna Mollel with the head teacher.
There are the children still waiting for sponsors...
*** SISTER SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP ***
Ohini is one of the children who attends school and lives in the dormitory at Engilang'et. He would not have an opportunity to go to school had he not met Anna. Ohini was born with no arms and only one leg.
Hosea sponsored by Lynn and Carl Turnquist
Debi with 6th grader Fanuel, a boy with hydrocephalus who also lives at Engilang'et.
Godfrey sponsored by Terry Bennet and friends of Lighthouse Yoga
Francis sponsored by Petro sponsored by PrayGod sponsored by
Tom Reilly Carol Carter Joanie Archbold
The new school was was officially opened in 2018.
Leticia sponsored by Kathleen Lewis in honor of Mary Lewis
Because of this wonderful support a new kitchen is in the process of being built. There were updates on the dormitory grounds, new school supplies and items to upgrade the dormitory were purchased! Engilang'et is able to provide continued education and services for some of the most vulnerable children.
These children all have sponsors who support their education at St. Rose Academy and Mother Kevin English Medium Primary School.
Six of our students graduated from our kindergarten program at St. Rose in December 2021. They are now being sponsored to go to Mother Kevin Boarding School which is run by the Little Sisters of St. Francis. We are so grateful for our collaboration with these sisters. Special thanks go to The Dallesander Family, the Berdinka Family, The Rodriquez Family, Patricia Lazazzaro and Catherine Lapenna for making this possible. Here are photos taken of some of our sponsored children when our liaison Furaha Mangwangi took them to school in the beginning of January 2022 to Mother Kevin English Medium Primary School
An education can change a life! These children ages 4- 7 will have an opportunity to attend our kindergarten program at St. Rose Academy, which is a 3 year early childhood education program. Become a sponsor for just $16 a month! Click the donate button and make note of the name of the child you would like to sponsor. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org let me know you have made your donation and what child you have chosen to sponsor.You will receive a note of thanks and a photo of your child. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child!
Anna's son Boniface who now helps run the school.
Daniel supposed by Catherine Lapenna
Our volunteers and teachers from Engilang'et Primary School one of our mission trips
Moving on to primary school: a collaboration with the Little Sisters of St. Francis
Angel sponsored by
Anna’s School – Engilang'et Primary School
Anna Mollel, a courageous, ingenious Masai woman, was dedicated from an
early age to make changes in educational opportunities for girls and
children whose parents struggled to send them to school. Her personal
experience as a 7 year old child, watching her friend with cerebral palsy
being told she could never attend school created a spark that would ignite
into what is today Engilang'et Primary School. Anna received the
World Children's Prize in 2012 for her work in advocating for differently abled
children and for protecting the most vulnerable children in Tanzania.
Anna was dedicated to providing an inclusive education for children with
special needs which is why she began Engilang'et Primary School. Not only
does she have more than 250 children attending school there, but 20 of those children lived with her in her home until June of 2017 after which she had a dormitory built by Caritas International. All 37 children currently living there have a variety of special needs ranging from HIV to cerebral palsy to hydrocephelis. These children require special care, including costly doctor visits and sometimes surgery. Lengai, Ohini and Leah needed to be seen by a doctor because of their special needs. On a recent trip we brought them to see Dr. Maya at NSK . They each had x rays and a diagnosis. Leah and Ohini needed surgery to correct limb deformities. Leah’s surgery cost $275 and Ohini’s surgery and prosthesis was approximately $500. Because of the special medical needs of these children we have worked with Anna to get medical insurance for each child. Medical insurance is $35 a year for a child. The total for all 28 children staying in the dormitory would be approximately $900 yearly.
We worked with Anna so the school could become fully self sustaining, but with Anna's untimely death due to COVID in August 2021, some of the projects are now on hold. We successfully helped begin a beekeeping project to produce and sell honey and a chicken project to use the eggs for the children living in the dormitory and selling off the extra eggs and chickens. Anna built a "factory" where she produced beautiful textiles to help support her school. In the "factory" she hand looms tablecloths and scarves. We sold more than 150 of her tablecloths here in the states last year and brought in over $3000 in funding. We hope to find a venue so that we can sell more of her cloths to help continue her legacy and find a way to sustain the school and her incredible work with differently abled children. We send funds monthly ($450) to support the needs and medical care of the most vulnerable children at the school. On our past volunteer trips we have provided Engilang'et Primary School with school supplies and science books for the 6th and 7th graders, thanks to Eastport Elementary School students and teachers. Eastport Fire Dept. donated 3 IPads for the school's use which will afford children access to technology. Clothing and uniforms were provided by students at Our Lady Queen of Apostles here in New York. Mary Rodriguez and CHS donated a basketball hoop and basketballs for the new basketball court we built at the school. Thank you to everyone who has given support to help Anna’s mission.