Our Second Mile Giving recipient for May will be the construction of a girls' dormitory at the Kitwe Secondary School in Tanzania!
Check off “Special Offering” on the pew envelopes, look for the special offering envelopes in the back of the sanctuary, or “Donate Now” to 2nd Mile Giving on our website to contribute.
Pastor Newt and Julie Kerney and their daughter Carly led an effort when they were at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Rohnert Park to build a secondary school. The effort began in 2010 when Carly visited a village while monitoring some water projects in the northern part of Tanzania. Carly began to work with the leader of a non-governmental agency, and together they laid out plans to build a secondary school for children ages 12-18, with an emphasis on girl's education.
In January of 2012, the first school building was completed and began with 75 students. Today the school educates almost 300 students and is one of the highest rated schools in the Karagwe region.
Why a girls' dormitory?
Unfortunately, when the young female students return home after school, they are expected to support their mothers in cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. This leaves them no time to study, unlike the boys, or just the time to be a teen girl! Additionally, the walk that the girls must take to and from school can be unsafe, leaving them vulnerable for assault, including sexual assault.
The dormitory will house 80 girls and include a bathroom and water tank for all the water needs. At the dorm, the girls will receive intensive academic support from the dedicated teachers, ensuring they are staying at or above grade-level. They will form strong friendships and strengthen bonds with other girls their age. The girls will stay at the dormitory during the week and go home on the weekends to see their family. Just as Kitwe Secondary School has changed the lives of the students, their families, and the village, so will this dormitory.
Come to services on May 17 to hear Newt Kerney talk about this project that has been near and dear to their family.
Want to help even more? "Tap Into Hope" in the Lagunitas Loft on Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm. Purchase tickets on Brown Paper Tickets.