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.
Mar 18, 2011

Secondary School Scholarships -- Changing Lives!

Prisca and Ashley
Prisca and Ashley

Dear Friends,

Thank you, once again, for providing secondary school scholarships for girls in Tanzania. I am writing today to share with you that even just one scholarship can truly change lives -- both for the scholarship recipient, but also for her family and community!

I'd like to share a story with you about one young woman, Prisca, whose life has been changed by an AfricAid scholarship. Prisca and I are actually the same age: we’re both 26 years old. But Prisca was born in a remote corner of northern Tanzania. And the day after she was born, a man came to Prisca’s family and said that he hoped to marry Prisca when she finished Primary School (the 7th grade). So, in exchange for several cattle, Prisca was entered into this arranged marriage. Her life continued as normal for the next several years, and she started going to Primary School. She walked three hours to and from school each day, returning home late in the evenings to do chores such as gathering firewood and fetching water, and getting up very early and walking to school in the dark, so that she could sit and study for just a few minutes before school started. This hard work started to pay off for Prisca, and she soon was at the top of her class. Every time she scored well on her tests, the boys in her class were so upset that a girl was outperforming them that they would taunt her, pinch her and sometimes even throw stones at her. But she didn’t give up, and at the end of her 7th grade year, she scored well enough on her national examinations to continue on to secondary school (high school). As a result, she had to make the difficult decision to postpone her arranged marriage, which was unheard of in her community. In so doing, she became the first girl in her village to go to high school, and AfricAid provided the scholarship for her to go. She is now in teacher training college, studying to become the first woman teacher in her village – and true inspiration to the entire generation of girls who will follow her!

Thank you for all that you are doing to create opportunities for young women like Prisca!

With much appreciation,

Ashley Shuyler

Founder and Executive Director, AfricAid

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Feb 22, 2011

Fighting Malnutrition in Tanzanian Schools

Dear friends,

I am writing to thank you again for your support of the School Lunch Program at Losinoni Primary School in northern Tanzania.

With your support, we have been able to provide six weeks’ worth of lunches for students at the school, allowing them to better focus while in the classroom, and dramatically boosting attendance.

A recent article in the Arusha Times in Tanzania blamed poor scores on national examinations on poor nutrition in schools. The article pin-pointed the region where Losinoni is located as a region in great need of school lunch programs. You can read the article here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201102071021.html. (Take a look at the end of the article for the mention of poor nutrition.) Thank you for providing a bright spot in an under-nourished part of Tanzania! Your support is truly making a difference in the lives and educational futures of the students at Losinoni!

With much appreciation,

Ashley Shuyler

Feb 22, 2011

Partner School Grateful for Textbooks!

Dear friends,

I am writing to thank you for all that you have done to provide vital learning materials to students in Tanzania. As a result of your generosity, AfricAid has been able to provide hundreds of textbooks in Tanzanian classrooms.  

Most recently, AfricAid distributed textbooks at the Upendo English Medium Primary School, a school in Tanzania that is working to provide a strong foundation for English learning at a young age. Because the national examinations in Tanzania are in English, those students who have a solid grasp of English usually perform the best on the exams. This young, innovative school was therefore very grateful for the textbooks that were recently provided at the school, because they will go a long way in helping the students to learn critical English skills.

Thank you again for your support! The entire AfricAid and Upendo communities could not be more grateful.

With much appreciation,

Ashley Shuyler

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