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15.09.2016: Earthquake in Tanzania

Critical situation in Bukoba – 892 Kolping pupils can no longer be taught


17 people dead, 253 hurt, 170 of them severely, this is the provisional toll from Bukoba / Tanzania, where a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the Kagera region last Saturday. The City of Bukoba is particularly affected. 90,000 people live there. This is also where the National Office of Kolping Tanzania is situated, it is also damaged. 840 houses in Bukoba are completely destroyed. 1,260 are so severely damaged that they might collapse any time.

The Kolping school in Bukoba is severely damaged so that classes are no longer possible. 892 pupils can, for the time being, not attend primary and secondary school because many walls and ceilings collapsed.

The region is still hit with aftershocks, reports Fr. David Kamugisha, the Kolping National Praeses from Bukoba. The people have been instructed to stay outdoors. “Unfortunately we have not yet received any help from the government”, says the National Praeses.

“We from Kolping have formed a committee that visits the affected families and collects data of the damages. As an emergency aid we have distributed food, blankets and tents, but we don’t have enough material so that we, until now, could only help a few families”, says Fr. David Kamugisha.

Please support the reconstruction of the Kolping school in Bukoba with a donation, so that the children can return to school as soon as possible!

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Many houses in Bukoba are destroyed or in danger of collapsing.

A photo taken on happier days: Pupils of the Kolping primary school in Bukoba