There is a small village in remote Tanzania called Mababu in the foothills of the Livingstone Mountains on Lake Nyassa. This is the place where some of our cocoa beans come from in Kyela. This is an area that is deeply impoverished. Our CU students will stay in the village on the lake this August. We will be working with farmers and young students in the nearby Mababu Elementary School. The school has a total of 1,411 students and only 8 class rooms, each class accommodating 171 at least. They have a problem of congestion in the classrooms, but building a classroom costs $5,700.
Our Chocolate University students are now attempting to raise this money as we want to provide a new classroom for this school (pictures above). We have a donor who will MATCH this fund if we can reach our goal of $5,700, so that TWO new classrooms can be funded.
NOTE: Our students are NOT building this classroom, but instead local workers from Mababu will be able to earn the money, thereby keeping it local.
About Chocolate University:
We founded Chocolate University when we started the chocolate factory in 2007. Learn more about it here. At Askinosie Chocolate, we believe that exposing young people to the developing world on short-term trips has the potential to change the world. The success of these trips can best be summed up by one student in particular who chose to take a gap year after graduation to return to Tanzania and work with in the village.
we're so grateful to you . . .
Just a short note to thank you all so much for your donation to the Mababu Classroom Project in Tanzania! We met our goal today thanks to you!!! What's even better is that our anonymous donor will match the money raised in this campaign so now we can fund TWO classrooms for these kids.
This is very exciting as we leave for Tanzania with the student group in less than 3 weeks.
On behalf of Chocolate University - thank you!
Thank you so much!
Shawn and the crew recently left Tanzania: Check out our Facebook page for photos of what your donations were able to accomplish!