It all started with Mathias, our program director...
We have worked with Mathias since the very beginning and he still inspires us at our very core.
Mathias is Tanzanian and has an amazing, life affirming back story…He was a local boy, at a local school with an intelligence which shone through, so much so, that he was picked up by a mentor who sponsored him through his education and consequently won a scholarship to finish his studies in America. He is now married to the lovely Mama Jo Jo, has a never-ending brood of children and has dedicated his life to enhancing the state education for Tanzanian children.
Over the years Mathias has become involved with many of the local state schools in and around Arusha and Dar es Salaam which are historically underfunded and overcrowded. Mathias knows he can’t change the big picture but with the assistance and hard work of the Leap volunteers he knows that he can make the schools a nicer place to be and therefore a more successful place to learn. A good education being paramount to changing their life’s expectations. Laying down concrete floors (reducing dust), building desks (comfortable) mending windows (ventilation) flushing loos (hygiene) and painting visual aids (inspire) are all simple projects but they can make all the difference to those who have limited horizons and little expectation.
BUT it goes way beyond tangible… while you are busy working – the kids will buzz about guaranteeing impromptu English lessons, football matches and immediate friendships will emerge.