AfricAid, Inc.

AfricAid is a nonprofit organization that supports girls' education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities.
Aug 28, 2015

Reaping the Rewards of a Hearty Meal

Students are more attentive in class
Students are more attentive in class

AfricAid staff undertake regular site visits to Losinoni Primary School, where we administer a school lunch program, as well as receiving written project reports from the school administration. AfricAid has been supporting Losinoni since 2004 and has implemented a number of successful initiatives at this rural primary school, which serves local Maasai communities. We’re delighted to be able to share some of the highlights of the latest report from the school with our Global Giving supporters.

Losinoni currently has 557 students enrolled. A new primary school opened in the area a short time ago, and is closer to the homes of some of the students, who have since transferred there.

Since the introduction of the school lunch program at Losinoni, the Principal reports that school attendance has increased, student concentration levels have increased, and there is more active classroom participation. This has meant that student performance in the national Standard Seven Examinations (the last year of Primary School) has continued to rise. In 2004, when AfricAid commenced working with Losinoni, only 23% of Losinoni students passed the exam; in 2014 this number was 87%!  We’re absolutely delighted with this result, and look forward to it growing further. By way of comparison, the national pass rate for 2014 was 57%.

All of this is made possible because of support from people like you! We’re extremely grateful for the support we receive from our generous Global Giving donors.

Thanks to the School Lunch Program, there is even enough energy for a game of netball at lunchtime!

Lunch time!
Lunch time!
Older students enjoy a game of netball
Older students enjoy a game of netball
Aug 20, 2015

New Partner Schools; New Labs

Kisa Manager Devotha is Leading the Expansion
Kisa Manager Devotha is Leading the Expansion

As demand for AfricAid’s Kisa Project grows, we are gradually expanding the program to new Partner Schools. AfricAid recently signed MOUs with four schools in Kilimanjaro Region – Ashira Girls, Mwika, Mawenzi and Zakaria Secondary Schools – bringing our number of Partner Schools in the Region to eight and our total number of Partner Schools to 17. Kilimanjaro Region is known as an educational hub in Tanzania and girls from all over the country move there to study. We expect to continue to expand our reach in the Region over the coming years.

One of the important undertakings given by AfricAid in each MOU is the provision of a computer lab, normally consisting of ten desktop PCs, which will be accessible to the entire school body. This is a significant contribution seeing that most schools in Tanzania don’t have functioning computer labs for students. This leaves students at a distinct disadvantage, and, from the perspective of Kisa, also means that AfricAid Kisa Mentors are unable to teach several units of the Kisa Curriculum. AfricAid also agrees to maintain the labs it installs.

We are currently in the process of sourcing PCs for those schools that can provide a secure room and an electricity supply. And we’re very fortunate to again be receiving support from Computers4Africa, who supply very reasonably priced second-hand PCs. These machines are donated by people in industrialized countries and refurbished by C4A before being shipped to Africa.

At this time, we’re extremely grateful to all our Global Giving donors for your support. It is enabling us to provide each of our Partner Schools with a functioning lab that benefits hundreds of students. Your donation really does make a huge difference in the lives of secondary school students, many of whom will be using a computer for the first time. We hope to bring you photos of the new labs in our next report.

The Arrival of Equipment is Met with Great Joy
The Arrival of Equipment is Met with Great Joy

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Jul 30, 2015

CELEBRATING TWO YEARS OF KISA TRAINING!

Kisa Scholars Final Meeting and Graduation
Kisa Scholars Final Meeting and Graduation

In 2013, 29 secondary school girls from Moringe Sokoine and Orkeeswa Secondary Schools joined the Kisa Project. Unsure about what the next two years of leadership and life-skills training held, but keen to learn, they embraced the opportunity. In May this year, 27 of those girls came together for the last time for the Leadership Immersion Final Meeting and Kisa Graduation Day.

Leadership Immersion is a Kisa practicum that allows Scholars to both hone their leadership skills, and ‘pay it forward’ by sharing some of what they have learnt with younger girls. They do this by teaching a number of lessons from the Kisa Curriculum to 15-20 girls in their home community, while also acting as a mentor to those same girls. At the end of the practicum Scholars meet with AfricAid staff to debrief, provide feedback, and celebrate the completion of their final Kisa milestone. Participants discuss interesting moments, new skills gained, and challenges they faced. Each Scholar also receives a Certificate of Completion of Kisa.

Among the key skills Scholars say they gained from the experience were: teaching skills; lesson preparation; and public speaking skills. Many Scholars also commented on how their confidence grew, and their communication skills improved. As part of recognizing Scholars’ achievements, prizes were awarded to those Scholars who had excelled at meeting the Leadership Immersion requirements. This includes demonstrating commitment and responsibility, and being pro-active in communicating with their Kisa Mentor.

On behalf of those graduating, Kisa Scholar Mary addressed those in attendance saying ‘I feel I lack words that can express how I feel being part of Kisa. AfricAid is the reason for who I am today. I thank everyone on behalf of other Kisa Scholars who are here.’

These girls will now join the Kisa Alumni Network, and Mentors at Moringe and Orkeeswa have a new group of 28 Year 1 Scholars, and 36 Scholars who have progressed to Year 2 of the program, to train, mentor, support and encourage.

The Kisa Project is delivering some amazing results, and we are truly grateful for the support we get from our Global Giving donors. Thank you for being part of the change!

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