THE 'Our Saviours' Lutheran Church of New Ulm, Minnesota, in the United States has strengthened its ties with the Kikatiti Secondary School of Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania by supporting the school in various aspects.
The New Ulm-based church is one of the congregations of Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) while the Kikatiti Secondary School is one of the Secondary Schools of the Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT).
Speaking in Arusha, Mr Bill Koeckeritz, the group leader of a delegation of 18 visitors from New Ulm, Minnesota, said the partnership between 'Our Saviours' Lutheran Church and ELCT started in 1999 when he first visited Tanzania. During that time he managed to raise 8,500 US dollars, which was spent in finishing three classrooms at the schools.
A year later, the leader again led a group of 16 people from the States who helped to paint the newly built classrooms. Mr Koeckeritz said that during the current visit they will conduct eye examinations on students and teachers of the school by using autorefractor, a device for measuring the refractive state of the eye.
They were expecting to examine about 500 people and will also provide spectacles to those who need them. He said that the device, which cost about 13.4 million/- will, after completion of eye examinations at the Kikatiti Secondary School, be donated to FAME (Foundation for African Medicine and Education) Out-patient Clinic in Karatu.
FAME Clinic which opened in 2008 is run by an American couple Dr Frank Artress and Susan Gustafson. Mr Koeckeritz revealed that another project envisaged for the school is to drill a borehole of about 100 metres deep, a project which has been estimated to cost about 47.5 million/-. The amount will cover the cost of drilling, filtering of fluorine and installation of a water pump.