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A School Without Computers
$1,455 raised
28% of $5.2k goal
22 contributors
6 Years running

In your country, a school without computers is probably like a refrigerator without food. Our school wants so badly to provide our students this educational nourishment.

Magulilwa Area Secondary School was founded by native Tanzanian, Evaristo Sanga. Evaristo was a rare fortunate case, a child who grew up in poverty in this East African nation but offered the chance to go to college in the U.S. He now lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two sons where he works as a software engineer.

Soon after establishing himself in America, Evaristo wanted to give back to his country in need. So with the help of American friends, he raised enough money to break ground on a school in his hometown, Magulilwa--built to raise the bar of education for all Tanzania.

In 2006, Magulilwa Area Secondary School opened its doors to its first class of 79 students. And since then, has attracted a body of bright, hopeful, and industrious students from all over the country, coming to pursue their passions. (Watch the video to see some of Magulilwa's 241 students.)

Without computers, though, these aspiring doctors, engineers, attorneys, educators, artists, scientists, and future leaders of Tanzania are without the connectivity and information which the Internet provides. As important, without basic computer skills such as emailing, navigating the Internet, or even just typing, higher education and eventual employment will be challenging.

This is why we're raising money.

We're planning to buy 10 laptop computers and transport them along with English/computers teacher, Brandon Ferdig, to Magulilwa. Brandon will arrive in January 2014 with the computers when the lab (as explained in the video) is completed. He will assist in computer setup, classes, and English tutoring. The estimated costs of the computers, transportation, desks, and wiring is $5,320. Adding in Paypal and Fundrazr charges takes the total to $5,719. (Edit: We reset our goal to $5,200. See Update 9-20-13)

The construction for the lab is being funded directly through Change it Forward Tanzania. Any money raised over our goal here will go to help build the lab.

Your donation helps provide these students an incredible opportunity to expand the amount of information and technological preparedness they have when pursuing opportunities after secondary school.

More than that warm tingly feeling in your stomach for supporting such an important cause, notice the perks along the right for participating in this project. From staying in touch with the students over the Internet to getting to greet them in person by coming to Tanzania, there's a perk for everyone. (Please send questions about the project or perks to Evaristo Sanga at

We look forward to rewarding your generosity. Most of all, we look forward to providing our students with the tools they need to be the best they can be.

Thank you.

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$25 USD
Keep in touch
  • 9 claimed
Estimated delivery Feb 2014
One of the first things the students will learn how to do with their computers is reach out to the world. Brandon Ferdig is an avid blogger and will teach the students how to build and update their own school blog.

As a $25 donor, you will be sent these creations, be privy to their lives at school, and witness to their computer and language growth.
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$100 USD
Pen Pal
  • 3 claimed
  • 97 remaining
Estimated delivery Feb 2014
Along with the $25 perk, $100 donors will get to start an email correspondence with one of our eager students. This one-on-one connection will provide you a chance to build a friendship you'll never forget. For the student, you will serve as an meaningful connection to a world outside of theirs.
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$200 USD
  • 0 claimed
Estimated delivery May 2014
A $200 donation will offer you the $25 perk plus a DVD showcasing the contribution the computers make to these students.
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$500 USD
Hand-crafted Iringa Basket
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  • 25 remaining
Estimated delivery Feb 2014
The nearest large city--Iringa--is known for their handmade baskets. (They were featured in Vogue.) We will send you an authentic Iringa basket for your donation at this level. You will also be awarded the $25 perk.
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$5,000 USD
Visit the school and a Safari (10 days)
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Up your involvement by coming to Africa! Many tourists come for the safaris, but few have the chance to experience something as culturally intimate as visiting a rural school. Come see how your donation was used. We'd love to show you! A local school representative will pick you up at Julius Nyerere International Airport in the capital, Dar es Salaam. They will escort you to Magulilwa and give you a tour of the village and school. Get to know our students, and they can thank you in person. We'll provide meals and housing. After two days in the village, you'll get that safari when we head to Ruaha national park--all expenses paid. This is a unique opportunity to not just visit Africa, but to get to know this land via our Swahili-speaking guide and by accessing the local culture of Tanzanians. Redeem this perk by 2018. Airfare not included. Couples can come for $7500. For more information, please email Evaristo Sanga at
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