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Olasiti Village Ulolela Village
Olasiti Village is 25 miles from the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania. The village’s 12,000 villagers are mostly subsistence farmers and live on less than a dollar per day. Before AIA’s involvement, Olasiti Primary School had 16 classrooms for nearly 2,000 students, causing the class sizes to be over 100 students per classroom. Additional classrooms were badly needed to increase student-teacher interaction and ensure each student had a seat.

Olasiti Primary School Projects (2009 – 2012)

Building New Classrooms and Desks (2009)
In 2009, AIA built two new classrooms and an office, which replaced a structure that was so damaged that it could not be used. New desks were constructed for the two classrooms, and AIA also delivered school supplies and books. The two additional classrooms reduced average class size at the school by 13%.

Original classrooms built in 1957 were crumbling. This building held over 200 students in its two classrooms.The old classrooms were torn down and new ones were built in their place.

Refurbishing Classrooms and Improving Drainage (2011)
In 2011, AIA refurbished seven of the school’s classrooms, including one classroom that could not be used due to the extensively damaged floor. AIA volunteers repaved this classroom’s floor, and reinforced the walls of all seven classrooms to keep rain water back and prevent erosion. These classrooms were also painted, and volunteers built a drainage ditch to collect water and prevent classrooms from flooding.

Providing Electricity to Students and Teachers (2012)
In 2012, AIA ran electricity from the main street to the head office and adjacent classroom at the primary school. Funding the cost of the installation and light bulbs, students and teachers now have an opportunity to see and continue education after school for those students interested in after-school study and tutoring.