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Weʼre raising £1,500 to purchase materials for an English school in the Nyarugusu refugee camp

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English education for refugees in the Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania

The Nyarugusu refugee camp is the largest in Tanzania, one of the largest in the world, home to approx. 140,000 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Both countries were colonies of Belgium and so French is the main language. Being hosted in Tanzania, where English and Swahili are the official languages, these refugees find themselves needing to learn English in order to stand a chance of resettlement or integration.

The Teacher

Boniface Bernard Akembe ('Boni') arrived in Nyarugusu in 1996 when he was yet 10 years old, after losing his parents and sister in the war in neighbouring DRC, then still called Zaire. Boni is one of a handful of refugees who has received a University Education, having won a UNHCR scholarship under the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI). Boni graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Education in Special Needs at the University of Dodoma (UDOM). Having spent most part of his life as a displaced person, Boni is committed to helping improve the lives of the other disadvantaged refugees in Nyarugusu and beyond. He's now a teacher in Nyarugusu, running an English school in the name of Resilience Action International - a refugee-run nonprofit organization providing accelerated learning for out of school young people as well as life skills in the Kakuma and Nyarugusu refugee camps in Kenya and Tanzania. 'Resilience' is registered as a national Non-Governmental Organization by the Kenya NGO Coordination Board. Registration number OP. 218/051/15-111/10457.

The connection

In 2017 Boni worked with James Haselip, a British researcher based in Denmark, as a translator for a research project with UNHCR to calculate the non-financial costs of traditional energy use in and around the camp. The findings of that project are now being used to create a market for liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the camp, which greatly improves living conditions for refugees and reduces deforestation and conflict with local communities over woodfuel collection. Boni and James have kept in touch and developed the idea of fund raising for his English school Program in Nyarugusu. Specifically they need money to purchase books, exercise books, pens, a computer, a printer and laminator.

James (far right) with Boni (third from right) and the research team at Nyarugusu, August 2017

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    • coldean community corner

      coldean community corner

      Jan 28, 2019

      coldean community corner is happy to help you reach your target for this worthwhile project.. well done


    • Jean, Rob, Elaine, Kathy and Janet

      Jean, Rob, Elaine, Kathy and Janet

      Jan 18, 2019

      Good luck with the school project and best wishes from us all


    • Robert Monroe

      Robert Monroe

      Dec 18, 2018

      Well done James - wonderful project!

    • Anonymous


      Dec 8, 2018

      I'm with Galactic Lord on this one.


    • Sandra


      Dec 7, 2018

      Dear Boni and James, good luck with this project which may look small but will have so much positive impact to the lives of the refugees of Nyarugusu camp.


    • Andrew Edgecock

      Andrew Edgecock

      Dec 7, 2018

      Great work James, good luck!


    • Carina Carr

      Carina Carr

      Dec 5, 2018

      Such a fantastic project.


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