Category Archives: Ramblings

What’s going with MAO?!

Great question!  I just wanted to take time and provide updates on nothing. We literally have nothing going on right now. There are major changes that will be coming soon.

The good news is that after May 7, I will be free as a “bird” for more than a month. I am hoping to use the time  to catch up with MAO Project planning and revamping of our website.

I am hoping we will get prepared to move forward with next big project by end of the year. In the meantime, the plan is

1. Revamp the website ASAP by updating the contents, add back photo galleries and possibly a forum. Hoping to use CMS to make easy in future maintance.

2. Finish up with MAO application on 501 (c) 3

3. Inventory our items and other donations

4. Settle debts to Alumni……Part  of money used to complete electric project was borrowed

5. Identify 3 projects and have alumni choose one;

6. Write the proposal for the new project, recruit volunteers and project managers

7. Raise funds for the project and Go for it…get the project done!

That’s our entire Agenda for the next one year and a half!!!!!

NOTE: We will have a mini-reunion party this year in Ohio (September)for sure, since many alumni will be attending a wedding of one of our board members!

Closing the curtains….The school has Electricity!

I am very proud to announce that since September 2, 2009, Mlimani Primary School has electricity!  There are so many people who have helped to make this project a reality! Thank you! Thank you very much! The obstacles on this project were many, but we prevailed!

After more than 2 years of hard work, more than  $10,000 spent, countless hours of volunteers’ time, we are finally here! 
I will be writing the final project report and post pictures within the next few weeks!


Funeral Announcement for Mlimani Primary School’s former assistant principal: Mwalimu Nziku a.k.a Mrs Florida E. Mbande

Mlimani Family in joining mlimani alumni, Tulalola Mbande in this sad announcement to inform friends and colleagues that, her beloved mother and friend, Mwalimu Nziku (Mrs. Florida E. Mbande)

passed away on Sunday 16th Aug 2009.

Mwalimu Mbande taught Mlimani Primary school between 1988 – 2005. She was an English  teacher and was once an assistant principal. 

The church services will be held at University of Dar es salaam Chapel, on Wednesday,  August 19, 2009  starting at 1:00pm followed by burial services at Sinza cemetery  at 3:00pm

Mwalimu Mbande leaves behind six children. Robby, Thecla and Faraja (Class of 1993), Tulalola (Class of 1995), Victor (Class of 1997 & Doreen (Class of 2005).

She was kind, loving, caring mother, friend and a good teacher. She will always be remembered by many. We love you so much mom

May her soul rest in peace

Prof. Othman’s Memorial Services is Saturday, 10:00AM, July 18,Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es salaam


 Here at Mlimani family, we are very sad to announce the death of Professor Haroub Othman, who happened to be a Tahir’s father. Tahir is a formal Board member of MAO and one of the biggest supporters of development projects at Mlimani. MAO would like to send condolences and prayers to Tahir and the entire Othman family during this  very sad and difficult time

Professor Othman’s memorial (Kumbukumbu) will be this coming Saturday, on July 18, Nkrumah Hall at University of Dar-es-salaam

For those alumni who are in Tanzania, I know you will have a chance to go and see Tahir, and support him  and his family during this difficult time.  For those not in Tanzania, please reply with comments on this post, add prayer or encouraging message to Tahir and his family, and we will send it to them.

If you need any help to find directions to University of Dar es salaam or getting in touch with Tahir, please just send me an email or send an email to Emma, and will connect you.

May god rest his soul in peace.

Light at the end of the tunnel!

Ok Great news! Kim, who is a former board member of MAO and close adviser will be travelling to TZ! And has already volunteer to help with logistics in complete the Electricity Project while in Tanzania. I really think we will be done by the end of July with Electricity Project!! This is really exciting!

I will keep you updated!


Big Congratulations!!

Ok!!! Big congratulations to one of our own Board member, Mr. Robert Rwebangira! He has completed his PhD dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University. So he will be getting his PhD in Computer Science next month!! We are very proud of you Robert!  

Finally..emails are re-created

Ok, We moved to a new server a while ago :) emphasis on a while.. But due to unavoidable circumstances, I just finish creating mlimani emails for everyone who had mlimani email in our previous server. Today!!!! So, that’s one task done:)

Moving on to the next task…figure out the best way to upload all the photos back! I am leaning towards old photo gallery/ at least same kind. I think it is easier to maintain..  (coppermine or gallery or whatever else)