We’re very happy to provide you with another update on AfricAid’s Kisa Project, which with your support, provides life-changing training and mentoring for secondary school girls in Tanzania.
In addition to the regular curriculum, taught through the weekly two-hour long Kisa Class, Kisa Scholars take part in a number of other training and development activities. One of the most important ones is the End of Year One Presentations.
Year One Presentations allow Scholars to draw on much of what they have learned throughout their first year by undertaking a community assessment. With the support of their Kisa Mentor, each Scholar identifies an issue or problem of particular concern to the community they assess and then identifies a creative and sustainable solution. They then present their community, issues and solution to a panel of three judges and an audience of their peers. Common issues include poor sanitation, lack of educational opportunities, poor health facilities and violence against women.
The Presentations allow Scholars develop and practice skills such as research, evaluation and public speaking. While most are quite nervous about giving their presentation, the celebrations afterwards are always enjoyed by all.
As part of the Kisa Project, which trains and mentors Tanzanian secondary school girls to reach their full potential and facilitate change in Tanzanian society, AfricAid has developed the Kisa Alumni Network (KAN). KAN is made up of young women who have completed the Kisa Curriculum and graduated from the program. AfricAid continues to provide networking and professional development opportunities, and tracks the long-term impact of the Kisa Project, through KAN.
A massive 90 - 95% of Kisa graduates go on to tertiary study and many of those girls are scholarship recipients funded in part thanks to donations on Global Giving. Without the Kisa University Scholarship Program, many of these bright young women would find it impossible to pursue any kind of tertiary education; indeed only 3% of women in Tanzania are able to.
In this report we’d like to share a couple of photos taken at the recent KAN lunch in Arusha. About 20 young women, at various stages of completing their tertiary study, got together to share ideas, experiences and news with each other. Pictured here are some of the group with their Kisa Mentors, Eligrania and Esther, and some of those who have received university scholarships through AfricAid and Kisa. In a lovely twist, one of the girls I spoke to told me that she has finished her teaching degree and was now teaching History and English at her alma mater, Maasae Girls Lutheran Secondary School. She said she loves inspiring other young women to learn!
Thank you for being part of the change young women in Tanzania are creating.
Losinoni village is in Northern Tanzania. The people who live in and around Losinoni are primarily Maasai, and they face incredibly harsh conditions in that area. Each day, around 600 children make their way to Losinoni Primary School, and despite the difficult terrain, lack of safe drinking water, and ongoing threats to their family’s food supply, these children learn and thrive. In 2014, it was ranked the #1 primary school in the district.
AfricAid believes there are three main reasons for Losinoni’s success:
Through the AfricAid School Lunch Program, the children of Losinoni Primary School have enough fuel to sustain them in their studies. They eat makande, a traditional Tanzanian dish of stewed beans and corn. The dish is especially popular among the Pare and Chagga people of the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania, but the dish is eaten throughout the country, especially by school children. The reason is simple: makande provides a nutritious, “whole protein” meal at a relatively low cost. Swahili Mom Kitchen offers a great recipe for makande – why no try it yourself? There’s a link to the recipe below.
With the support of our donors, AfricAid will continue to ensure that the children of Losinoni are able to thrive. We’d like to again say a big thank you to you for donating to the School Lunch Program through Global Giving.