Earlier this year, Precious Project purchased land on which to build a secondary school in the future. It is about a twenty-minute drive from our existing campus, but closer to the airport and a large city.
With the help of the Mali Hai Club, that sells seedlings at an affordable price, 300 trees were purchased and planted on the new land. The types of trees include cypress, acacia, avocado, orange, guava and mango trees. The process of planting these trees was built into the environmental science curriculum to teach the students about conservation. About 110 students from grades 4 through 7 came out to assist with the tree planting.
Farming will provide food for the children and additional revenue to offset expenses of running the home and school. Due to existing drought conditions, certain crops were not planted yet in favor of hardier soybeans.
The prospect of finding water on the land is good as the water table is easily attainable in this area. Boreholes will be drilled in July, after which a myriad of vegetables will be planted. The water will irrigate the farmland and later serve as a freshwater drinking source for the school.
Meet the Team
Sarah Modest is the co-founder of the Precious Orphans Children’s Home and manages its staff, including the farm workers. In addition to supervising the school’s cooks, cleaners, and dormitory staff, she also purchases food and necessities for the home and school. She works closely with the parents of the school children and the women in the empowerment groups.
Sarah also liaises with the local Tanzanian government officials. Since she grew up in Nshupu, Sarah is well-connected with the village elders and authorities.
When asked about some of her greatest challenges, Sarah explains that turning children away from the school and being unable to help the poor village women with needed medical care due to lack of funds is the most difficult. Also dealing with biological parents who are neglectful is very upsetting to her too.
When she is not busy with Precious’ affairs, Sarah is quite busy at home with two children of her own and her husband, William Modest.