Educational Institutions

Lion of Judah Ministries, Inc.

Serving God's Servants in Tanzania

Hobe Sound, FL

Mission

The Lion of Judah Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that exists to support the work of The Lion of Judah Academy and other similar Christian ministries in East Africa, especially Tanzania.

        The Lion of Judah Academy is a Christian primary and secondary school located in Bulima, Tanzania, East Africa. It seeks to provide an education of the highest possible quality to disadvantaged children in Tanzania, especially two specific groups of children: the children of poor Tanzanian pastors and church workers, and extremely disadvantaged children. The Lion of Judah Academy does not deny admittance to any student on the basis of religion or tribal background.

Ruling Year

2003

President

Mrs. Lynn Inlow

Main Address

12523 SE Old Cypress Drive

Hobe Sound, FL 33455 USA

Keywords

education, Tanzania, Africa, AIDS, orphans, Christian, scholarship, student support, missions, mission team,

EIN

32-0089738

 Number

5785494650

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Christian (X20)

International Relief (Q33)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The state of education in Tanzania in improving, but continues to lag behind most of the rest of the world. This is especially true for the children of poor families. Because Tanzanian pastors and church workers are often not salaried, their children are especially at risk of being left behind in the educational system.

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Our goal is to offer an extremely high quality education, in a Christian context, to the children of poor Tanzanian pastors and other disadvantaged children. We believe these students, as they move into the workforce, will have a positive effect on the overall life in the nation of Tanzania, including business, government, education, health care, religion, and all other areas of national life.

We offer grade levels Awali (kindergarten) through Form 6. At all grade levels we use the Tanzanian national curricula, taught in English. We employ only highly qualified teachers. Our libraries, laboratories, classrooms and other facilities are maintained and operated at the highest levels.

Our target groups are the children of poor pastors and church workers, as well as orphans and other disadvantaged children. We give these students priority in admissions, providing scholarships for them up to the ratio we are able to find support for them -- usually about 50% of the total enrollment.

While we admit students from all tribal groups and religious faiths, the Bible is taught as a subject alongside other subject matter. Teachers and staff are required to be practicing Christians, and all students are expected to live respecting and observing Christian values and to participate in the worship life of the school community.

Founded in 2001, The Lion of Judah Academy has become one of the most respected educational institutions in the nation of Tanzania. We have an outstanding board of Trustees and strong, innovative administrators. Our staff is stable and committed Our reputation of honesty -- including the administration of the national exams -- is unsurpassed. We work hard to provide high quality educational resources to all students. Finances are always a challenge, however. We have nearly 850 students in fourteen grade levels. Over half of those students are boarding students. Since the majority of our students are unable to pay the costs associated with their education, we are constantly challenged with the tasks associated with feeding and housing the students, paying salaries to the staff, and providing the other necessities for the operation of the school. In order to achieve financial viability we: -- require every student family, no matter how poor, to make some contribution to the school...often in the form of in kind contributions -- admit many students who are able to pay full tuition and school fees...since we are a not for profit school, a portion of their fees help support students unable to pay -- employ a student sponsorship program which raises funds in the U.S., Germany and other countries -- receive contributions for the support and development of the school -- look to the support and help of God who, for whose service and glory the school has been established

The primary measuring standard of educational performance in Tanzania are the national examinations. Our students consistently perform in the top 5% of all Tanzanian schools, and are often ranked even higher. In addition, our Form 6 graduates qualify for and continue on to university level education. We regularly receive awards and are recognized in other ways for academic accomplishments. As proud as we are of these achievements, we place equal emphasis on the development of character and leadership in our students. While more difficult to measure, these areas are of vital importance to our school and we believe our students we will be living in ways which help shape the future of their nation. We are seeing this happen, and it is the greatest measure of our progress.

From our beginnings in 2001, with 12 students in a borrowed classroom with a part-time teacher, The Lion of Judah Academy has grown to nearly 850 students in 14 grades on a 60 acre campus. But we take no credit for this, because God has done it all! We started as a school very few parents wanted their children to attend. We are now a school with more than twice as many applications as we can accommodate, an outstanding reputation of academic performance and integrity. For the immediate future we are focused on: completing the development of the physical facilities of the school, including: -- a dining hall for our secondary school students -- housing for all our teachers -- classrooms for a second stream of primary grades Beyond those physical facilities, we must: -- developing a second stream for the primary grades strengthening the financial foundation of the school strengthening the foundation of leadership, support and vision that will enable to school to continue to continue maintain its values of Christian faithfulness, service to the Church, and integrity.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No