WHO WE ARE
Founded by Lachlan Miller in 2013, Yes Arusha provides educational support to children and youth in Tanzania. After traveling to East Africa as an 18-year-old, Lachlan developed an awareness of the lack of access to education in many communities. Initially working as a volunteer in a local village, he came across many disadvantaged children who were not attending school due to a range of challenges that they were facing. Some were orphaned children who were living at a local orphanage, while others had single parents who could not afford to send their children to school. In 2010, Lachlan began inviting family and friends to sponsor individual children to school and he coordinated this on his own, traveling frequently between Australia and Tanzania. By 2013, the sponsorships had gained much support back in Australia and Lachlan enlisted the help of some close friends to officially register Yes Arusha as a not-for-profit organisation. Thanks to some incredible generosity, the initial goal of sponsoring 50 students was met within a year of starting the organisation.
Providing effective support to students on the other side of the world requires a dedicated local partner, and Yes Arusha was lucky enough to find a remarkable Tanzanian school to work with – Haradali Schools. An independently operated institution, Haradali offers some of the highest quality education in the country, while maintaining a community-orientated vision. Founded in 2005 by Simon Severua, the school has developed from one classroom of 12 students to two campuses with over 1,500 students. Mr Severua was eager to assist Yes Arusha and welcomed our students into his school with open arms. Since then, Haradali Schools has collaborated with Yes Arusha on several projects, including, the Safe House, a school library, and our new scholarship program. Yes Arusha covers school fees for each of our students to attend Haradali Schools. These fees cover the basic cost of teacher salaries and meals each day, but the school has gone beyond this to provide real care and support to our students who often require extra attention due to their hardships.
Yes Arusha is focused on providing a high quality of care and support to our students. We have steadily expanded our projects over the past few years, but always with a focus on long-term sustainability. We do not employ any paid staff in Australia, ensuring that our funds are spent as efficiently as possible and directed straight to our students and their educational costs. Yes Arusha is run by a voluntary board of directors who oversee the day-to-day operations of the organisation. Lachlan continues to travel to Tanzania each year to coordinated our projects and programs with Haradali Schools and assess the progress of each of our students.
To date, we have provided educational support to more than 65 students. Many of our original students are now in secondary school and we are hoping to support even more young Tanzanians through our scholarship program. Yes Arusha is deeply grateful to each and every sponsor, donor and volunteer for driving our cause.