By Briyanna Labbie (17)
In order to support the effort to bring education to Tanzania, Wethersfield High School’s Interact
Club is selling Asante Sana’s products for donations for the upcoming November and December holidays. Asante Sana For Education is an organization in Tanzania to bring free education to every child in the area.
All items are made in Tanzania. Selections for purchasing from Asante Sana include headbands, bracelets, small bags, necklaces, and more. Prices for the products range from $5-$20.
The Asante Sana (which means,“thank you very much” in Swahili) program was founded by Ashley Washburn in 2010 after a trip to Tanzania, in which she volunteered in primary schools and realized the desire of the youth to learn. All donations made to Asante Sana support building classrooms, offices, latrines, teacher housing, and recreational areas. Two new schools have recently been completed.
Asante Sana has other programs designed to give a student a quality education. One of these programs, called, “Students Empowering Students”, uses writing prompts from college students, Skype, and volunteer trips to Tanzania to help teach students English and computer skills, while also educating them about the outside world.
The Interact Club is “a club that focuses on community-based volunteer work,” said member Kady Allen, “but we also outreach to other organizations to make the town better as well...”
Besides partnering with Asante Sana, The Wethersfield High School Interact Club also partners with the Rocky Hill Rotary Club, and helps organizations such as “Source to the Sea” and the Mercy House in Hartford, CT.
Upcoming Interact Club events include a Car Wash on Saturday, October 29th and the Miles for Mercy run/walk that will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 9-12am on the Wethersfield High School Track, followed by the Asante Sana fundraiser throughout the next month.