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.
Jul 31, 2013

Margaret: One of the many changed lives in Tanzania

AfricAid's Life Changing Training is offering a world of opportunities to Tanzanian girls. Here is just one such situation:

Margaret Melkiori is an example of one of our Kisa Scholars. She is an extraordinary young Tanzanian woman who became orphaned at the age of 5, after her parents died from AIDS. She has had to face and overcome many challenges, and her education has only been made possible through the support, training, and mentorship she is receiving as a Kisa Scholar.  Based on her impressive leadership and academic skills, Margaret was chosen last year to attend a Youth Leadership Exchange Program in the United States sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, one of only a handful of girls selected for this honor in all of Tanzania. She is an outstanding example of the "girl effect" through her active participation and leadership in her community, and evidence that, given the opportunity, educated woman will change the lives of future generations in Tanzania.

It is truly thank you to YOU that Margaret and other girls like her are having the chance to attend school, change their own futures, their families’ futures and their communities’ futures.

Thank you!  And enjoy your last few weeks of summer vacation!

 

 

 


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Jul 19, 2013

School's Just Around the Corner

Summer's quickly coming to a close and a new school year will be here before we know it. The school year brings about excitement about reconnecting with friends, starting fresh with a new teacher, first day of school outfits and brand new bookbags. 

Many of Tanzanian students have been returning to their schools this month and the rest will follow in August. They certainly are excited to be back in the classroom, back with their friends and learning new lessons. But for many of our students their school room experience is missing a critical piece: textbooks. Textbooks are a rareity in Tanzanian classrooms. Think back to your days in school and try to imagine learning new subjects without textbooks, talk about challenging! Tanzanian teachers have to been incredibly creative and resourceful to teach their lessons without physical books. 

But with your support and donations, the school year could be a very different experience for our students. This year they could have textbooks as part of their curriculum. Now think about what that would be like. 

Please considering giving to this project and creating a different, richer, more powerful classroom experience for our students. Thank you! 

Jul 17, 2013

The Various Sources of Hunger in the TZ Classrooms

Beep. Beep. Beep.  The alarm clock goes off.  You wake up, shower, go downstairs, eat breakfast, get your packed lunch, grab your backpack and catch the bus to school.  You attend a few classes, have recess, more classes, and then lunch and recess again!  Then more classes, home for a snack and homework.  If you are lucky, maybe some after school activities and then dinner and bed.  And so the cycle continues...that is the case for many of us in America.

However, attending school is not so easy in other places, particularly Tanzania.  It is not uncommon for children to have to walk 20 kilometers just to attend school, and then also to return home after the school day.  20 kilometers is roughly 12 miles - I think that is a long distance, and I have at least three meals a day plus snacks.  Some of these children make this commute with a single serving of porridge as their whole day's nutritional intake.  AfricAid aspires to provide these sorts of children a nutritious meal while at school in order to feed their hungry bellies.  

It is estimated that over 29 million primary school aged children, more than half are girls, are out of school in Africa.  There are a myriad of obstacles and barriers to entry including distance, fees, uniforms, etc.  Providing school lunches ensures and encourages that bellies are full and minds are supported.  Lunch meals promote attendance - they help the students and their families.  There is a solution to feeding the hungry minds and hungry bellies in Tanzania and we are excited to be part of it!

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