The school year is quickly coming to a close! Eight young women are about to graduate secondary school and will start university or vocational training after their Leadership Immersion Experience in July 2014. These young women are Kisa graduates. AfricAid's Kisa Project mentors girls in the areas of leadership, life-skills, and entreprenuership. These graduates then mentor a group of 10-15 young secondary school girls during Leadership Immersion to pass along the skills they received during the two year Kisa Project training. Upon graduating from the Kisa Project, the girls join the Kisa Alumni Association which connects them to a network of accomplished Kisa leaders who are using their leadership skills to change their communities. Once the young women graduate from university, they can apply to be Kisa Project mentors or become involved in AfricAid's business incubator. With so little job opportunities in Tanzania, university graduates often have a difficult time securing a decent job after graduating. Our business incubator trains and connects girls to jobs in the social enterprise sector. We provide young women with university scholarships to give them the opportunity to succeed and through our Kisa Alumni and business incubator programs, AfricAid makes sure each young woman is provided with enough resources and training to be a powerful woman leader in Tanzania.
Thank you all for supporting AfricAid's Losinoni School Lunch Program! Losinoni is a rural primary school located in a Massai village in Tanzania. Maria Galter, AfricAid's Executive Director, recently visited Losinoni and saw the impact first-hand of the lunch program.
Losinoni currently partners with two organizations, AfricAid and Isitutos Oikos, to provide food for the children. Istitutos Oikos provides Losinoni with seeds and technical expertise for a small school garden to add vegetables and fruits to the childrens' diet, while AfricAid provides rice, beans, and maize. AfricAid would not be able to do this without the support of donors like you, as well as the Maasai Mamas. The Maasai Mamas are a group of Losinoni childrens' mothers who hand craft bracelets that AfricAid sells in the US to support the lunch program. These partnerships provide nearly 600 students with a nutricious lunch in Tanzania.
AfricAid's life-skills and leadership program - the Kisa Project, was always meant to grow and expand; this year we are doing just that!
This year, we plan to add 4 new Kisa partner schools in Moshi, Tanzania, which is about one and a half hours from Arusha, our current base. In Year 2 of the expansion, with the support of our amazing Kisa Sponsors, we hope to addanother 4 schools. By the end of 2015, we would have a total of 8 schools in Moshi to compliment our current Kisa partner schools in Arusha and Monduli.
For each new Kisa partner school AfricAid will build a computer lab for the Kisa Scholars to learn basic computer skills, access the internet, and connect with Kisa Sponsors in the US via Facebook. Your contribution helps make this a reality! Computer and internet acces is non-existent in a majority of schools in Tanzania. Not only will the Kisa Scholars gain from having a computer lab but the entire school has access, impacting hundreds of kids. Thank you for being a part of this impact.