To date, RAWLI youth volunteers have collected over 13,000 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. A Tanzanian newspaper recently ran an article about the amazing progress, with the headline “A school without a chance is doing miracles!”
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.