Working with teachers and other leaders in Mwitikira, St. Paul’s has focused on improving the quality of education in both the primary and secondary schools in Mwitikira. While the priority of The Carpenter’s Kids initiative itself is to enable children to go to school, the committee felt that improving the quality of education available in the village was crucial to improving the life-changing of the next generations in Mwitikira.
- In response to the village’s first request, over several years St. Paul’s members donated money to provide 300 additional desks. The wooden desks were built in Mwitikira. These desks, made for 3-4 students to share, meant that all students could be up off the floor, in a better position to learn.
- St. Paul’s members and friends often go to the village for extended stays to teach English to primary and secondary students, to help secondary students especially with science, and to help adults learn or improve their English. Their modeling ways to teach English has been inspirational to some teachers in Mwitikira.
- Typically Tanzanian schools have 1 textbook for every 8 students; the situation in Mwitikira was worse than that. Through donations from individuals at St. Paul’s and a large gift from an anonymous donor, St. Paul’s has provided textbooks for every primary school student in grades 3-7, and for every two students in grades k-2. The most remarkable aspect of the campaign to get textbooks was the project of the Woodville Elementary School’s National Junior Honor Society (Woodville is St. Paul’s linked school through Micah). Collecting small change from fellow students, the Honor Society raised $1000 for textbooks for Mwitikira. Learning of their project through a newspaper article, another anonymous donor matched their gift. The Honor Society received the Youth Philanthropy Award in 2013 from their national organization.
- St. Paul’s often donates additional school supplies for students, teacher’s aides. Visitors have worked with villagers to paint the blackboards, improving their legibility.
- St. Paul’s donated $250 to begin a science laboratory at the secondary school. This “seed money” led to the Tanzanian government providing funds to build a laboratory wing and equip it.
- St. Paul’s provided funds to build a new kitchen required for the village’s participation in the World Food Program making it possible for 1000 students at the primary school to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch on school days.