AfricAid's Losinoni School Lunch Program began years ago when AfricAid founders went to visit the rural primary school in Tanzania. Arriving during what would normally be lunch time, the founders noticed that the children do not receive a meal at school. When creating the School Lunch Program, the mothers of the children wanted to help. The Maasai people are known for their beautiful beaded jewelry that they make by hand and the Shuylers thought this would be a great opportunity for the Losinini mamas to help feed their children at school. AfricAid buys the handmade jewelry from the mothers and re-sells the bracelets and key chains in the US to fund the School Lunch Program. These amazing mothers put time and energy into ensuring their children and others in the village are receiving a nutricious meal at school so they can stay focused and study.
Thank you for supporting this community initiated program.
Recognizing the importance of computer literacy, AfricAid endeavors to install a computer lab in each of our partner schools in Northern Tanzania. This allows Kisa Scholars to develop computer skills and access information technology. The labs are also available to the general school population, improving access to technology for all at the partner school. AfricAid contracts an outside computer service technician to ensure that computer labs are well maintained.
One of the schools in which we have installed a lab is Maasae Girls Lutheran Secondary School. About 95% of the students at Maasae Girls are from rural (pastoralist) backgrounds and may be using computers for the first time when they enroll in Kisa. Exposure to and training in ICT is essential to ensuring these girls are not disadvantaged. AfricAid currently has 43 students at Maasai Girls enrolled in Kisa.
Thanks to the installation of the computer lab, the girls have been able to receive training in basic computer use, using the Internet for research, how to use social media and do so safely, and been introduced to Microsoft Office programs. And all this is made possible only with the support of donors like you.
We’re now over half way to our fundraising target, and with four new partner schools joining Kisa in 2015, we are very hopeful of being able to raise the funds to install labs in those schools too.
We are delighted to be able to report on the ongoing success of AfricAid’s Kisa Project, which with your support, provides life-changing training and mentoring for secondary school girls in Tanzania.
The most important event on the Kisa calendar is undoubtedly Career Day. Career Day brings together current Kisa Scholars, inspirational Tanzanian women leaders and a wide range of career professionals for a full-day career and leadership forum. The aim is to create a networking opportunity for scholars, give them access to individuals already well-established in careers that are of interest to them, allow them to hear from passionate and successful Tanzanian female role models, and to allow them to share their challenges and successes with their peers.
Career Day 2014, held in October, was a huge success! 430 enthusiastic current Kisa Scholars attended the event, along with a further 70-odd special and invited guests. Upon arrival, each girl was given a t-shirt (which are very highly valued by Scholars), a notebook, and a pen. Each of the three guest speakers was warmly welcomed, and their key messages about resilience, strength, courage and determination in the face of adversity were taken on board by scholars, who tell us that the day both inspired and motivated them to follow their dreams. Scholars later participated in small group sessions led by career professionals. They also had a lot of fun catching up with each other, and very enthusiastically enjoyed the performance of well-known Tanzanian entertainer and female activist Nakaaya Sumari. Quite a few girls took to the stage with her, perhaps indicating the success of the confidence-building component of Kisa!
When you support the Kisa Project, you allow us to hold incredibly beneficial special events like Career Day. We have seen the great benefits the event brings to scholars, and we thank all our donors very much for helping us to hold the event in 2014.