On September 10, 2016 a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Hekima, our all-girls boarding school in Bukoba, Tanzania. Fortunately the students and staff were unharmed, but every building on campus was damaged, with multiple dormitories demolished, forcing some of the girls to sleep outside. Many of the students were traumatized from this catastrophe. “We want to erase the bad memories we have of that tragic day,” confided one girl.
SHARE’s Emergency Earthquake Recovery campaign was created to rebuild the dormitories for the 400 students. SHARE supporters donated generously to this fund. Today the walls are up, the roof is on, the paint is dry, and the new dormitories are on the verge of opening. The girls are grateful for this speedy effort and give their heartfelt thanks to all SHARE donors: “Let us humbly assure you that every single penny contributed means an aspect in us is improved. Our happiness has been restored and we cannot wait to move into the new dorms!”.