The PETNA Foundation has begun a partnership with the Shinda Basic School in the Sokon one ward of Arusha, Tanzania. Shinda, which means “to win”, was started in 2001 by Pasian Kimaro to give young children from poor communities a good education, leading them to a better future. There are currently about 200 students ages 4-15 attending classes, as well as 10 teachers and 4 auxiliary staff members.


Watch the video to see how Shinda School is making an impact in one of the poorest communities in Arusha.  

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Our first major project is to build a well that will provide clean water to the school and the surrounding village. Our dream is that this well will be more than a source of water, but a source of income, self-sufficiency and community pride. What more can you ask from a school with a winning attitude.

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.

Report from Sammy Brathwaite: 

Today we again made great progress.  We found the water where I had anticipated and were able to get to a depth of 160 feet.  I am currently reviewing all the information we have gathered but based on what I have seen, I do not anticipate that we would have to drill much further and hence tonight I will design the well.

Because of the progress made, I took off with Victor in the afternoon to visit his family.  The attached photographs show how Africans behave when one of their sons come home.  You will see many photographs of Victor with his entire family, sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts.  Youdon't need help identifying them - they all look alike.  The highlight though was when we visited his 96 year old grandmother in the countryside (about 4 hours from Arusha in thevillage of Misho) near Kilamanjaro.  She was so thrilled to see him that she ordered the killing of a sheep which was cooked on the spot.

I also took photographs of the journey to the countryside to show how similar the countryside was to Grenada.  The rivers, the soil, the vegetation etc.  Not surprising because the Kilamanjaro/ Arusha area was born out of volcanic activity, just as Grenada.  As such, the geology of Grenada, Arusha and Kilamanjaroare similar (same vegetation, soil and rocks, mostly basalts).

Earlier on my way to Shinda School and the drill site,  I took photographs but this time to again show how poor and under developed parts of Arusha ("the City") and Kilimanjaro are.

One of the things that I have found very interesting so far is the climate.  When you hear Africa, one tends to think hot.  In fact the temperature here in Arusha and Kilamanjaro is one of the most beautiful I have experienced - just think San Diego, California.  Yes indeed it is comparable to San Diego.  Who would have thought that.

Here are the pictures

What a journey!

Tomorrow I will take some time to visit the Senengeti and on Friday, Zanzibar.  I do not need to be at the drill site tomorrow because the drillers will now be expanding the boring to accommodate the well construction.  I will return on Saturday before we head back to California to oversee some of the well construction.  The rest of the work is more routine and should not require as much oversight from me.

For more information about Shinda Basic School, send an email to or write to:

Shinda Basic School
PO Box 10385
Arusha, Tanzania