Poverty in Tanzania is endemic, 70% of people live on less that AU$2.5 a day. The government school system is overstretched, under-resourced, and produces poor educational outcomes for Tanzanian society. ...Ebeneza Maasai Children Center provides a free, high-quality education to children who due to poverty and social pressures would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. The Center has establish its primary school (Osotwa Primary school).Drawn from families who live below the poverty line, the pupils of Ebeneza Maasai Children Center are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education. Education lifts people out of poverty and creates stable and growing economies.
Since 2012 year we have started Ebeneza Junior school with 5 children within the Ebeneza center and in November 2013 the first junior class graduated. We have extended our model by introducing the Osotwa Primary School, so that we can now also support our junior graduates through primary education and complete the mission to create the next generation of Tanzanian leaders. Therefore in January 2014 year the standard one class started with 26 students. The center have been supporting some children who were learning in different government schools located in Ngorongoro which makes the number of children increased to the school.

The way we do things at Ebeneza Maasai Children Center is diverse. With generous and ongoing support from individuals and institutions around the world we have built an exceptional educational institution that regularly being imitative example in Ngorongoro District. ...Every single one of our students was chosen because they combined academic promise with a desperately poor background and a great attitude to work. We feed them, house them, educate them, and do everything possible to ensure our students’ well being and future success. As a result we have boarding house filled with happy and healthy children in a district where children frequently drop out of school.
Since 2012 year we have started Ebeneza Junior school with 5 children within the Ebeneza center and in November 2013 the first junior class graduated. We have extended our model by introducing the Osotwa Primary School, so that we can now also support our junior graduates through primary education and complete the mission to create the next generation of Tanzanian leaders. Therefore in January 2014 year the standard one class started with 26 students. The center have been supporting some children who were learning in different government schools located in Ngorongoro which makes the number of children increased to the school.
Everything we do is focused on ensuring our children have the most successful academic and welfare outcomes possible. Each child we invite into the school represents another family who has the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty. Due to resources we are limited to 40 students each year, so in order to ensure we are selecting children who meet out criteria, each year we run a rigorous student selection process survey.
Ebeneza Maasai Children Center also has a Community Relations team with 1 nurse. This team provides basic medical attention, counselling, catering for special dietary requirements, as well as caring generally for the physical and psychological health of the Children, at the center.
The center through its Welfare relation team communicates with the parents regularly, however they face challenges with the children who lost their parents/guardians. Ebeneza Maasai Children Center also provides specific financial and welfare assistance to students suffering serious health concerns where the family cannot immediately support them.

The Osotwa Primary School is helping to facilitate change in traditional community mindsets. For girls in Tanzania, their chance to attend school is often weighed against their value as caregivers, water ...fetchers or marketplace vendors, early married. Tanzanian girls from a poor rural background will only receive an average of 3.7 years of schooling.
Ebeneza Maasai Children Center firmly believes in the education of girls. The school (Osotwa primary School) does not discriminate when picking children. Osotwa Primary School encourages its female staff to be strong role models and the school’s welfare team works through any issues of discrimination, both with students and their families.
Equally, whilst Ebeneza Maasai Children Center is a Christian-based school, it welcomes students of any faith or tribe to apply for an academic scholarship and has Children/students of Christian, Muslim, and other faiths from over different tribes. When a student/child is enrolled in the school their parents acknowledge that as a Christian-based school, it is unable to commit to provide additional services to facilitate non-Christian religious practices.

NUTRITIOUS FOOD & HEALTH MEALS

Unfortunately, childhood malnutrition is common in Tanzania especially to indigenous homes, but at Ebeneza Maasai Children Center our team of Tanzanian cooks and kitchen staff work hard to produce nutritious meals, with a menu featuring seasonal produce which often comes from our school gardens and plantation. Dishes include rice or ugali (maize), with beans, lentils, cabbage, okra and other fruit and vegetables.

With over 250 mouths to feed every day at lunch and approximately 250 who eat breakfast and dinner at boarding. The school goes through a mountain of vegetables, fruit, rice and maize. Ebeneza Maasai Children Center sources all its produce from local suppliers with our purchasing team visiting the local markets several times each week to ensure that all food is as fresh as possible.

Student health & welfare

In addition to our healthy meals, our children also receive an annual medical check from Endulen Hospital, checking eyesight, HIV/AIDS, skin, hearing, height and weight and looking for any potential health issues.

Our 10+ local Tanzanian staff members, academic and non-academic, work across day care, junior school, boarding and primary school. Teachers are chosen for their strong teaching qualifications, high aptitude in English language, and commitment to their pupils/children.

Osotwa primary school is the school established by Ebeneza Maasai Children Center and is an English Medium School, teaching all lessons (except Kiswahili!) in English. The school teaches an integrated and enriched version of the Tanzanian National Curriculum, and encourages active participation from students to develop their confidence and ability to work with peers. Our classroom environments are colourful and well resourced with up-to-date teaching materials.

STUDENT SELECTION

Learn how Osotwa Primary School chooses our students

It is an exciting time for children when word goes out over the villages, signs go up at the school campus and flyers are distributed around villages, all broadcasting the same message: ‘students selection at the Ngorongoro villages has begun!’ Families around Ngorongoro conservation are quickly aware that Osotwa School will open its gates to scores of potential students eager to receive the opportunity of a FREE, high quality education.

The Osotwa school mission is to provide quality education to orphans and children living in life difficulties within pastoralists which is achieved by selecting the brightest and poorest of Ngorongoro villages and is reflected in our essential selection criteria. To gain a place at Osotwa School, a child must:

  • Be orphans and children living in difficulties life
  • Have no chance to access education;
  • Be currently living in unprivileged family with very low economic backgrounds;
  • Pass the poverty criteria established during house/home visits
  • Be recognized by local leaders/ people with goodwill to human life.

Number of children from one family is accepted into the school to enable as many children as possible the chance to benefit from a high quality education that they would not otherwise have access to.

The tasks created for giving children the right to life and access to education process have been designed to cover basic learning concepts, reasoning and social and emotional awareness. The children have to pass through some tests and confirm that they are from a very poor family or disadvantaged situation. We do this by visiting the children home and assessing their living situation to ensure that only the most in need are accepted. The process is coordinated with our dedicated Parents Committee and government officials who are the key to the selection process.

The selected children are expected to attend classes to ensure that they have the right attitude towards learning and the ability to cope with the school curriculum. Osotwa School endeavours to ensure that, wherever possible, all classes start straight away from the selection for children of school age.

Then the real excitement begins! At the end of the process, all new students receive their very own school uniform, ready to start classes in January. The 40 new students receive shirts, trousers, ties, socks, shoes and dresses.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Rev; Jackson Kipuyo

Founding Director

FROM TANZANIA

Jackson is the Founder and driving force behind Ebenezer Maasai Children Center and set up the School in 2014.Jackson’s motto's are to fight against ignorance and that education is a right not a privilege.

Mrs. Rev; Pastor Jackson Kipuyo

Account Manager

FROM TANZANIA

Arin

International Charity Ambassador

FROM NORWAY

Suzie Duncan

Community Relations Representative

FROM AUSTRALIA

Danielle Heard Mollel

Communications and Strategic Development Ambassador

FROM AMERICA