Back to School in Mt. Meru

12:00 am

October 1, 2017

To

October 31, 2017

tanzania school maize and beansBack to School in Mount Meru
Back to school time in Tanzania can be stressful and difficult. Even in the public schools, families have financial obligations that must be met in order for students to be allowed to attend school. Our sister parishes are located in rural communities with few opportunities for employment, so although the school fees are small by our standards, they can be impossibly steep for most families. Pastor Lema has asked for St. Luke’s and Ascension to help send as many of the 400 students from our sister parishes to school as possible.

What are the per pupil costs? Each student must provide one large bag of corn and one small bag of beans ($42), a school uniform ($7), and books ($11). The total cost for a year of school per student is $60. The coffee farmers who participate in our coffee program are able to cover these costs. For the rest of the families, this cost is out of reach.

During the month of September, we will collect donations to help send as many of our young brothers and sisters in Tanzania to school as possible. We will be accepting offerings in all sizes; notate “Meru Back To School” in the memo line of checks.

The Tanzanian Lutheran church is one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world. Mwitula-Williams, [a third-generation Tanzanian Lutheran] thinks the rapid growth has everything to do with the church’s commitment to social services. ‘At the end of the day, you can preach all you want, but what connects the community are basic needs,’ she said. ‘If my health is not good, my kids are not going to school. If I’m farming and don’t have clean water, I’m not coming to church on Sunday. Before he taught people, Jesus made sure people’s needs were met. Because the Lutheran church tries to live out the Gospel this way, that’s why it’s growing.’ – from Living Lutheran magazine

Let’s see how many students we can send to school in Meru this fall! Contact Sarah Wehmeier Aparicio with questions, weh22@hotmail.com.