SHARE in Africa first started by addressing the 'book famine' in Tanzania. To date, we have supplied nine school libraries with 33,000 books with our "Books for Bukoba" campaign. We have also provided desks, school supplies, uniforms, and after-school study programs to support girls' literacy. Our motto is “today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
Our ambitious “Light for Learning" project installed electricity or solar power into the SHARE libraries.
We are continuously working on 'bridging the digital divide.' We created computer labs and delivered faster internet with our "Tech Tanzania" initiative. Laptops, Kindles, and other technology tools are regularly donated to enhance the girls' education.
Our “SHARE Scholars” program sponsors deserving girls, enabling them to graduate from high school.
Improving failing infrastructure at the schools has been another important mission for SHARE. We have built libraries and a dining hall. Our “Keep Girls Safe” initiative secured the school grounds by building a fence around the school and providing additional security. After an earthquake toppled buildings on campus, SHARE rebuilt a new dormitory and repair damaged classrooms.
Today our focus is on addressing the pressing educational needs of our all-girls secondary boarding school. We know there is no limit to what a girl can do with a quality education!
Hekima Girls Secondary School in Tanzania suffered an earthquake on September 10, 2016.
One of SHARE's core missions is to raise awareness for girls' education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Team SHARE has made 100 presentations, and numerous radio and television interviews.
Our founder, Shannon McNamara has been an invited guest speaker in Europe, Africa, and across the United States, including the White House and the United Nations.
This program has one goal: to send girls to school. SHARE helps brilliant girls who have big dreams but do not have the opportunity to get a education.
Light for Learning
SHARE launched the LIGHT FOR LEARNING fundraising campaign to raise funds to bring electricity to our SHARE rooms.
Three SHARE libraries that were dark and gloomy are now bright and useful in the evenings and through the long rainy season thanks to the successful Light for Learning fundraising campaign.
Keep Girls Safe
Frightened by the growing number of attacks on girls’ education around the world, SHARE created the Keep Girls Safe program.
Our long term goal was to create a safe learning environment for both our students and staff.
SHARE donors funded multiple initiatives to strengthen school security which included:
- Constructing a fence surrounding the entire campus
- Rebuilding dormitory doors
- Increasing the number of school security guards
- Renovating non-functioning restrooms
- Educating the community on security issues
Anita, a student worried about the 200 Nigerian school girls who were abducted, said, "The new fence along the school makes us safe and have the ability for us to study in peace. We can concentrate more on our studies knowing we are safe."