Semembele girls' dormitory project

The village

Semembela is a very isolated village, 60 km southwest of Nzega, on the edge of a large forest reserve. There is no proper road to the village, even the track through the forest has been largely washed away in this year’s rains.

Semembele clinic has been supported by FUM for many years.

Nzega district map

Dormitory project

Semembele serves as a focus for several satellite villages and so, with the government expansion of secondary schooling nationally, a secondary school was set up in Semembele.

Children from all the village primary schools are now able to attend secondary school, not just the prvious few with parents able to send them to boarding schools further away.

The problem is that the furthest satellite villages are too far from Semembela to enable children to attend daily and so a dormitory building was required. The boys stay in the school itself but a dormitory block was needed to house the girls.

With the help of students from Durham University FUM sent nearly £6000 and this
enabled the Phase 1 footings, walls and roof to be completed.

Semembela Dormitory phase 1

Phase 1 completed

Phase 2 (£7000), funded by Cranbrook School and a grant from the British -Tanzania Society added the doors, windows, internal ceilings and floors. This has been completed..

Phase 3 will be plastering of the walls, painting and equipping with furniture.
Nzega District Council has taken responsibility for this final phase.

Rod Smith, FUM Secretary, visited Semembele as Phase 2 neared completion. He writes:

"I know this village well and our reception was, as always, most friendly. It was a great pleasure to meet my old friend Adam Majala who was village chairman in 1987 when I first visited.

He is now an old man but still interested in what is going on and, with his age and knowledge, he is highly respected.

The village officers and school headteacher were anxious to stress the importance of this building to Semembela and its satellite villages.

My impression is that this very isolated village is very well run by its officers who are prioritising this project and will ensure that it is completed as soon as possible."

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