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ASAP is developing schools and supporting girls education in underserved, rural communities in East Africa.


In partnership with local communities and government, ASAP is building or refurbishing quality schools with high academic outcomes for children of underserved, rural communities in Tanzania.  We have a holistic approach to school development, meaning that we aim to provide each school with the facilities needed to enable the students and teachers to thrive.  Most of our schools include classrooms, teacher offices, toilets & hand-washing stations, water systems, solar power (where appropriate), playing fields, kitchens and teacher’s housing.


Thus far, we have developed schools that serve over 2,000 students (see the map below for a description of our projects).


The schools are achieving impressive academic results. Our primary schools are among the top performers in their districts and 100% of the first five graduating classes at Mbasseny Primary (our first school) are currently enrolled in secondary school. 100% is a stunning success rate for a country where the national average is a dismal 36%.


Our community-owned school development model is efficient, effective, measurable, scalable and culturally appropriate.


In addition, ASAP created The Kupanda Project for Girls, a replicable model to increase secondary school graduation rates for girls in rural Tanzania to 80% or higher.  The project supports girls in all aspects of their lives so they can personally thrive and succeed in school. The Kupanda Project is currently being implemented in the Mwanza Region and after only one year of implementation, the first class of Form IV girls had an 83% pass rate on their national exams!!  The year before Kupanda, the girl’s completion rate was 4% – now it is 83%!! And, the Form II girls tripled their national exam pass rate, an important indicator of future results.  See below for more details about the project.



Current Projects


Idetemya Education Development Project:  An integral part of ASAP’s development model is to focus on the development of schools throughout a particular ward or region. The idea is to raise the standard of education — pre-primary through secondary level — for an entire community, thereby having a more comprehensive impact on the future standard of living of the area.  Currently ASAP is developing the education system of the Idetemya Ward of Tanzania’s Mwanza region. This includes building new schools but mostly expanding/refurbishing existing schools that are in poor condition.  The Idetemya Ward has six primary schools and one secondary school, all of which need a great amount of help.  The schools desperately need water systems, toilets, classrooms, books & desks, teacher’s housing, science labs, electricity, kitchens and playing fields.  When ASAP completes the development of this ward, Idetemya schools will directly serve an additional 4,000 children. This does not include new students that will be affected for years to come.


Improving Girls Secondary Education:  In addition to building and refurbishing schools, ASAP has created a replicable model to increase girls’ secondary school graduation rates in East Africa and to empower young women to ignite change in their communities.  The Kupanda Project for Girls is predicated on the idea that there are many answers to the question “What does a girl in rural East Africa need to be successful in school?”  It will support girls in a holistic way to access and succeed in secondary school, thereby improving the likelihood that they will graduate and pursue tertiary education and/or employment. Ultimately, this initiative will empower thousands of girls to improve their lives and inspire change  for future generations.  The Kupanda Project will include 1) dormitories with wrap-around services, including safety, nutrition, clean water, sanitation and menstrual support, 2) academic programs, including teacher training, science & math, computer training, and personal tutoring, 3) leadership & empowerment development, and 4) community education and engagement to build support for girl’s education.   Once we prove that a holistic system of support for girls will boost graduation rates, ASAP plans to replicate the model at other rural secondary schools throughout Tanzania and East Africa.





Since we began in 2008, we have developed primary and secondary schools in Tanzania that currently serve over 1,500 students.  Having carefully developed a model that is now replicable and scalable, we plan to double this number by the end of 2015!  Our schools are in the Arusha region and the Mwanza region.




Since we began in 2008, we have developed primary and secondary schools in Tanzania that currently serve over 1,500 students.  Having carefully developed a model that is now replicable and scalable, we plan to double this number by the end of 2015!  Our schools are in the Arusha region and the Mwanza region.

Our Projects



Idetemya Secondary School (Kupanda Project)

ASAP’s first dormitory for girls, this is Phase One of a beautiful compound that will ultimately serve 144 girls who want to succeed in secondary school. This phase was built for an initial 48 girls and will provide them the support they need to thrive in school, including a safe place to live free from fear of assault or early pregnancy, clean drinking water & nutritious meals, toilets with an environmentally sound septic system, showers, sinks, computers and electricity. Built to honor the life of Nathan Yip from Denver CO, the hope is that girls from this rural area will reach their full potential in life through education and empowerment. It will serve as the hub for The Kupanda Project, a new initiative to increase secondary school graduation rates for girls in rural communities of Tanzania.

Chole Primary School

Six years ago, the village of Chole was created in a rural community on the banks of Lake Victoria.  The community struggled to construct a primary school but only had the resources to partially construct four classrooms.  In November 2013 ASAP met with community leaders and formed a strong partnership to help build their school. In 2014 with the help of a generous family from the U.S. the school was constructed and is now serving the 450 children of Chole!

Mbasseny Primary School

Mbasseny was the first focus of American volunteers who traveled to Tanzania to build a school in the summer of 2008. The village had a one room schoolhouse in very poor condition. With no glass on the windows and no desks, the children were forced to sit on dirt floors that turned to mud in the rainy season. The roof leaked and teaching conditions were difficult. Still, the children were desperate for an education and many stood outside the building in hopes of someday making it inside the school. Today, after six years of ASAP project assistance, the Mbaaseny Primary School has seven classrooms with windows, desks and over 450+ students. It is a beautiful building and has become the heart of the village.

Miririni Secondary School

The Miririni Secondary School is located in the Momela Lakes region of the Leguruki ward. The school’s first two classrooms were built entirely by the Miririni villagers in order to provide their children with a secondary education which was not accessible before 2008. After the village completed the first two classrooms, ASAP volunteers stepped in to help the school construct two more in 2009. Volunteers in 2012 worked to the complete two additional classrooms, giving the school a total of six. The long term plan for the school includes the development of six more classrooms and a dormitory for girls. This safe-haven would give girls a protected environment to complete their secondary school education and a chance at a better life.

Kirenga Primary School

Kirenga Primary School was a little one room school only three kilometers from the village of King’ori, the main market town of the district. It was in a similar condition to most Tanzanian community schools—those built by villagers who have an income of less than $1 per day per family. Despite this, the school has a feeling of being well cared for and any visitor to the school immediately feels that the students are much loved by their teachers and their families. In 2009, ASAP recognized the village’s commitment to education and officially partnered with the community to develop their primary school. Over the course of four years, ASAP volunteers built a four classroom school building (complete with glass windows, desks and books), then a second building with three more classrooms, a soccer field, a kitchen with a fuel-efficient stove, a toilet building, a rain-water capture system/cistern for clean drinking water and an outdoor classroom with a gazebo (to provide additional learning space when the weather is dry). Today, the school is one of the best in the region and learning conditions for the students are greatly improved. With a shining new school and facilities, student academic scores are showing great improvement. Kirenga is a case study in what a village can accomplish with a little help from others!