CORE Tanzania was conceived as a response to the observations of its founder, Michael Banobi, of the declining vitality of the community in his native village of Bushasha in northwestern Tanzania. The region was hit hard by the AIDS crisis, and over-fishing of Lake Victoria together with poor markets for the region’s coffee have severely impacted the local economy. Michael struggled to think of a way to help, and became convinced that improved education was the most important factor needed to move the community forward.
During a 2015 visit to Bushasha from his current home in Seattle, Michael approached the village elders about the possibility of establishing a new school in the village. His original proposal to the community was to establish a secondary school, since the nearest high school is a five-mile walk from the village. But the villager elders convinced him to consider instead another primary school, because the existing government school in Bushasha is severely over-crowded and under-resourced, and as a result is not providing students with adequate preparation for secondary school. The elders embraced the idea of establishing a new school in the village enthusiastically, and offered to donate village land for its construction.
Back in Seattle and buoyed by this positive response from village elders, Michael gathered an enthusiastic group of volunteer board members and formed CORE Tanzania as a Washington State nonprofit corporation in July of 2016. CORE Tanzania has chosen the establishment of a new school, Twegashe Primary School, in the village of Bushasha as its first project in working toward increased access to quality education throughout rural Tanzania.
CORE held its organizational board meeting in November 2016. Since then we have been engaged in detailed planning for the construction and operation of Twegashe Primary School in Bushasha village. CORE Tanzania was approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity in January 2018. Our goal is to begin school construction in the spring of 2019 and have the school up-and-running, serving the first class of 30 kindergartners, by January 2020.
Right now this is as far as our story goes. Your involvement and support will help us, together with the people of Bushasha village, to write the next chapters!