"Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire."
Anatole France



  • Are children being removed from their families?

Many students in the  ACE programme either have no parents, or  live in very difficult circumstances. The move to a boarding facility within the partner schools  guarantees  regular food, water, sleep and clothing.  Those who are in a stable family or guardian situation , at primary school, attend  school as day pupils. There are others whose parent or guardian has requested that they be allowed to enter the boarding facility, often because it alleviates the situation in an already crowded and desperate household, and guarantees the students safety and well being. All secondary school students board, to ensure completion of the curriculum, and good study time.


  • What happens to the children in the school vacations?

If the children have a home or guardian where they will be safe, they go back to this environment for the holidays. ACE arranges foster care for the children with nowhere to go for this period.

The School year in Tanzania runs from January to December, with a month of in July, and smaller  mid term breaks in April and September.


  • How is learning monitored?

The schools that we partner with in the ACE programme have regular tests and assessments in place to monitor progress. These reports are collated by ACE and passed to the sponsor.  No student progresses to the next grade unless they have achieved the one prior satisfactorily. Extra tuition and assistance is provided to those who are struggling.


  • How are students selected for the programme?

Initially the programme was established in order to facilitate the education of children who had  committed sponsorship  from  individual volunteers. Subsequent entrants into the programme have come through contacts within the NGO community in Arusha who have identified urgent cases in the process of carrying out their other work . When there is an opportunity to take on more entrants without jeopardising the integrity or intention of the programme itself; priority is given to siblings of those already in the programme. The ACE programme allows for a maximum of 100 students at any given time.


  • I can’t afford to sponsor a child, but would like to contribute.

Any contribution is of great help. Over and above sponsorship funds provided, there is a constant need for further medical and dental funds, extra clothing, achievement awards, sports equipment,  additional food for the vacations, and most importantly, filling the gaps when sponsors default or cannot pay the full amount.  A donation  of any type is very helpful and much appreciated. [A1]



  • How can I volunteer?

Please contact Vinnie or Mary Duncan  directly to discuss the ways in which you feel you can benefit the programme by volunteering.


  • How Can I sponsor a child?

There are many opportunities and levels for sponsoring. An entire sponsorship is approximately USD 1500 per year, and needs a commitment for 10 years plus. However the opportunity is also there to share sponsorships, and any amount, committed over the entire time of the child education, is welcome. Sponsorship of specific services is also  helpful, e.g. vehicle costs, salaries for local employees, food etc., all of which contribute to the overall programme. Contact Vinnie or Mary for specific details and sponsorship opportunities.



Vinnie Duncan    vinnie@duncan-nz.com

Mary Duncan      maryduncan2@gmail.com

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