While teaching mathematics at the secondary school in the village of Magulilwa, Tanzania in 2008, the locals asked Bryan Keeler to help raise money to build a kindergarten. Bryan returned to the U.S. and began the 501c3 organization 8 to a Lamp. The name comes from Bryan personally witnessing eight children studying in Tanzania, all crowded around one kerosene lamp. Bryan’s mom, Susan Keeler, deserves the credit for the name.
8 to a Lamp works to encourage and facilitate educational opportunities for the people of Tanzania by building school structures and providing educational resources to students. The ultimate goal is to help communities become self-sufficient by providing support for better education and promoting community involvement.
8 to a Lamp is making a lot of progress in Tanzania, including completing a multi-room kindergarten, investing in the Magulilwa high school, and preparing to build a technical school in nearby Iringa. For photos of completed projects and work-in-progress, or to learn about future plans, visit our updates page.
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