HELFEN MACHT SCHULE is a german non-govermental, non-profit organization that supports african schools, mainly in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Our organization is a spin-off product of the Kopernikusschule Freigericht, the biggest german school for general education. The school and our organization is located at Freigericht, a village at the countryside 40 km east of Frankfurt/Main. Google Maps-Link to Freigericht.
What is the meaning of the german words "Helfen macht Schule"? If translated word by word the outcome is "Helping makes school". In german the words have two meanings: our support helps to generate schools and the second meaning is that this kind of help can be learned and copied by everybody to become a common habit.
HELFEN MACHT SCHULE was founded in 2002. In the meantime the activities of our organization are supported by more than 200 members, which are mainly former and actual students, their parents and teachers of the above mentioned german school. Currently we support two schools in Tanzania, the Kishumundu Secondary School (KSS) and the La Mennais Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Moshi. The homepage of VTC are at http://lamennaisvtc.wordpress.com .
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More recent Activities
Our goal is to improve education in Africa, especially in Tanzania. Since several years we support our tanzanian partners to provide high quality education to their students. In the past years we helped our partner schools to build new class rooms (VTC), dormitories for boarding students (KSS and VTC), to generate a safe and sufficient water supply (KSS), to purchase class room equipment and books (KSS and VTC), tools for vocational training (VTC), a truck (KSS) and to get a computer room that is connected to the internet (KSS and VTC). In addition, several poor and talented students of our tanzanian partner schools are holders of a HELFEN MACHT SCHULE - Scholarship to support their families to pay the school fees.
Members of HELFEN MACHT SCHULE often visit our tanzanian partner schools to see the improvements and to confirm the impact of our help at the supported schools. In addition every second year german students and teachers are on visit at the tanzanian schools to gain insights into tanzanian school life. In the year between the student journeys one or two tanzanian partners, e.g. headmasters, academic masters and/or teachers, of the VTC or KSS are invited by HELFEN MACHT SCHULE to visit the german partner schools.
In 2015 Mrs. Aggiflavia MASSAWE and in 2017 Mr. Filbert KILAWE, both teachers at Kishumundu Secondary School, have been on visits in Germany. In 2016 Fraterin Meraba has been our guest in Germany to honor the 20th anniversary of his first visit. Please visit Latest News for details.
Pictures of the student visit in Tanzania in autum 2014 (click on a picture for enlargement and description)
Please read entries #12, #17 and #26 of the former student Sosthenes Francis Materu in the guest book of Kishumundu Secondary School: http://kishumundu.jimdo.com/guestbook/ . Is there any need to say
You may also visit the homepages of the suppported schools
to draw yourself a picture of our work.
If you like to receive further information about our activities please don´t hesitate to contact us.
HELFEN MACHT SCHULE e.V.
c/o Kopernikusschule Freigericht
Telephone: +49 (0)6055 9159-0
Fax: +49 (0)6055 9159-50
Chairman: Reinhold WISSEL
Vice-Chairman and Webmaster: Dr. Michael BAUER
Cashier: Johannes SCHILLING
Transcript writer: Winfried SOMMER
Additional board members: Silke POHLEDE, Melinda HARGRAVE-KANZOW, Katharina HELDT, Claudia WENGNER, Michael PIEKE und Hartwig KNAUS
We´re sorry, but due to the Corona Pandemy we can´t present an actual image of our current Board, as elected in September 2020.
Former Board Members of Helfen macht Schule e.V. (2018-2020) Johannes Schilling, Melinda Hargrave-Kanzow, Dr. Michael Bauer, Silke Pohlede, Michael Link, Reinhold Wissel, Winfried Sommer and Werner Kessler (from left to right).
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