Access to education is one of the main challenges facing young students in Simha, Tanzania. Currently, there is no primary school in the village, which forces children to walk to neighboring villages that are 15 km (9+ miles) away every single day. Not only does this more than three-hour walk each way take away from valuable classroom time, but it can also be very dangerous. There is a constant fear of wildlife encounters and flooding rivers during the rainy season, which often means that these students must skip school altogether.
After the success of last year’s first annual Rustic Pathways Foundation Giving Week, the Rustic community was excited to come together again to support the Simha community! Our goal was to raise $60,000 in less than five days to fund a brand new primary school for these children.
Thanks to more than 500 donations from the Rustic Pathways community and our matching donor, the Genesee Mountain Foundation, we’ve raised $65,750 and surpassed our fundraising goal! Because of this incredible generosity of our supporters, the construction of Simha Primary School is set to begin in the upcoming weeks!
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, spread the word, cheered us on, and helped make this week a resounding success.
Liz first developed a passion for travel while summiting Mount Kilimanjaro as a Rustic student. This taught her at an early age the importance of experiential education for students around the world. She has since graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing communications from Emerson College in Boston. When Liz is not hopping from restaurant to restaurant in San Francisco or buried in a New York Times bestseller, she can be found packing her bags to spend time with family and friends.