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Project Tanganyika has raised almost half the $45,000 needed to send five 'Cliffies and 15 Harvard students to teach in Africa this summer. The 1963 budget is $10,000 more than last year's.
The Phillips Brooks House sponsors the three-year-old Project, which sends Harvard undergraduates to teach in Tanganyika from three to 15 months. This year nine students will remain for the full 15 months.
Alison B. Liebhafsky '63, director of the Project, said that she was confident that the budget would be met. At present Project Tanganyika has $2500 in cash and pledges for $11,000 to $16,000 more, several times more than at this time last year.
Miss Liebhafsky said that she was relying on contributions by philanthropic foundations to fill the $25,000 to $30,000 gap which now exists. The group has sent appeals to over 200 foundations, business corporations, and personal acquaintances of Project members.
Last year, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, whose grandson Haven was director of the Project, contributed $1000 through the Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation and suggested other sources which supplied $14,000.
The rising cost of financing Project Tanganyika is due to the four additional teachers and increased living expenses this year. The group has estimated that it will cost $100 a month, $20 more than in 1962, to support each student. Unlike last year, when some of the teachers worked in government-financed schools. No one will receive any pay.
The Project will place six teachers at a school for 50 political refugees which it began last year with the assistance of Dr. Eduardo Mondlane, the president of the Mozambique National Liberation Front. The students, who have left South Africa and Mozambique, are completing their secondary education before going abroad to college.
Four teachers will instruct in six-room thatched-roof schoolhouses in the bush country. They may also help towns-people to enlarge the schools, and will probably have to build their own huts. Others will live in community centers, teaching reading and writing to natives undergoing detribalization.
To prepare for the trip, the prospective teachers are taking three hours of Swahili classes weekly, and will begin soon to study teaching methods and East African history
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