To date, RAWLI youth volunteers have collected over 12,000 books, supplied 350 desks and chairs in support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Education’s school desk initiative, built a library and technology center and in partnership with Overpass Apps Ltd. developed an educational game to help Swahili speaking primary school students learn English.
The GPA for English at Gerezani Primary School rose from a 2.0 to a 2.99 in two years.
In Summer 2014, during a tour of the Gerezani Primary School in Dar es Salaam, the teachers opened a door to an abandoned room that they someday hoped would be a library. Carissa Mallory and her friend Sara Campbell left 2 suitcases of books and 2 iPad minis they had brought, promising to return later and build a library for the school. When Carissa and Sara returned to the United States, with the help of their friends, they ran book drives at nearby elementary school book fairs and asked neighbors for donations of books. Carissa returned the following summer and completed the library at Gerezani Primary School.
Since building the library at the Gerezani School, student test scores in English language proficiency have risen nearly a full grade point, from 2.0 to 2.99. This has inspired Carissa and her friends to build more libraries to serve more children.