School Bus for Power of the Children


For taking the time to visit this page and read the following story:

In 2017, Eva and I met while we were volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania. She was placed at Power of the Children, which was founded and run by Pascalina Joseph. Pascalina had turned her home into an orphanage and pre-school, with some help from her children, Hellen and Clement. Eva was extremely touched by Pascalina, her story, her big heart, and her drive to help these children and she became very close with the whole family. I was also invited into Pascalina’s home and couldn’t believe the openness and dedication that Pascalina and her family had shown in opening their home up to the children of their neighborhood. It truly was an inspiration to see.

One of Pascalina’s biggest dreams was to open a primary school (grades 1-7), so when we went back to Arusha a year later to visit, we were amazed to find out how much progress Pascalina had made. She’d started a non-profit NGO and raised the money to buy land, get the plans approved by the government, and had even begun construction on the first two classrooms. We looked at the building plans, talked to the volunteers that were helping, and Eva went to the future site of the school to see the land and the classrooms that had been built. Of course, we wanted to know how we could help Pascalina to reach her goal and open the school as soon as possible.

Since the school will be several miles/kilometers away from town, they will need to have transportation to get the students there every day. We decided we would like to try to raise the money to get a school bus. These buses, commonly used at all primary and secondary schools, are basically big vans that can fit around 30 children (see the picture on this page of an example from a nearby school). It would be a huge milestone in the project and go a long way toward getting the Power of the Children primary school ready to open its doors.

A bus will cost 20 million Tanzanian Shillings, which is approximately 8,700 USD. I've made the goal of this page 9,000 USD to account for the 3% withdrawal fee for GoFundMe and the fee to transfer the money to the school's account.

Any money raised on this page will be wired directly to the bank account of the Power of the Children NGO and will go directly toward purchasing the bus. If we raise more than the 9,000 USD goal, all the extra money will go toward painting/decorating the bus and any other preparations required to get it ready for transporting students.

Every little bit will help, so please donate whatever you can. Pascalina and her family, plus Eva and I would be eternally grateful. But more importantly, it would mean so much to the children who will get a quality education thanks to your support.

Fundraising team: Eva and Aaron (2)

Aaron Danhi
Raised $7,615 from 19 donations
Federal Way, WA
Eva Purrer
Team member
Raised $640 from 11 donations

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