Spring 2015 Edition Update: Kellie Lala and the Tumaini Junior School

Mount Mercy alumna Kellie Lala ’89 has dedicated much of her recent life to the Tumaini Junior School, a school in Karatu, Tanzania. She raises money for the school from afar, visiting her African friends whenever possible. You can find the full inspiring story—first published in the Spring 2015 Mount Mercy Magazine—here.

We asked Lala for an update on the school and her work after receiving the uplifting pictures below.

Lala and Students
Kellie Lala and the graduating students of Tumaini Junior School.


Bayo and Students
Modest Bayo and students of Tumaini Junior School.

Jambo! (Hello in Swahili.)

I have visited the school three times since 2005, and with each visit I become more passionate. Modest Bayo, the school’s founder, is in the midst of an exciting new project. The Tumaini Junior School is located in Karatu, Tanzania—about 3 ½ hours from the Kilimanjaro airport—and teaches 4-year-olds/baby class through seventh grade. Currently they have 816 students enrolled and over 250 of them are full-time boarders.

The students consistently rank at the top in the district every year.

Bayo’s dream was to one day build a secondary school so the Tumaini students could continue their high-quality education through twelfth grade. That dream is now becoming reality as he broke ground on 20 acres of land that had been given to him by a neighboring town earlier this year. Currently, the six buildings are in the construction phase with the goal of opening on Jan. 18, 2016.

There is much to celebrate and keep in our prayers.  I often say that Bayo’s dream has become my passion.  My current fundraising goal is to help raise monies to build a much needed dining/all-purpose building for the Tumaini’s students.

Asana Sana! (Thank you very much in Swahli.)
Kellie Lala ‘89

For more information, contact Kellie Lala at kellie@kzia.com

One of six buildings being constructed for a secondary school.
One of six buildings being constructed for a secondary school.