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.
Sep 4, 2010

Nutritious Meals Change Lives in Tanzania!

"Makande" (corn and bean mash)
"Makande" (corn and bean mash)

Dear friends,

I am writing to thank you, once again, for your important support of the school lunch program in the rural Maasai village of Losinoni.

Although a school lunch doesn't sound like much, it is truly changing lives and educational opportunities for Tanzanian students. Since starting the school lunch program, attendance has increased by 30% at Losinoni Primary school, and graduation rates have increased from 20% to 90%

This past year, the school introduced "makande" (corn and bean mash) into the school lunch program. Please see the photo of makande below. In addition to the porridge and groundnuts already being served, this is providing a nutritious and important source of protein to the students. As you'll see in the photo below, this program couldn't be more important for students who walk miles to and from school each day.

Please take a moment to let your friends know about this school lunch program, by posting the following link to your Facebook profile: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/schoollunchintanzania/. With just $25, you can feed the entire 750-student school for a day! Please join us in helping us to reach our goal of providing lunch for a year at Losinoni.

With much appreciation, Ashley Shuyler Founder and Executive Director AfricAid (www.africaid.com)

Sep 4, 2010

Kisa Computer Labs Featured at E-Learning 2010!

Dear AfricAid supporters,

Thank you for helping to give over 2000 students access to computer labs in Tanzania, as part of AfricAid's new leadership training program, the Kisa Project!

I am writing to share some exciting news with you, which demonstrates just how effective AfricAid's computer strategy is in Tanzania. In June, Kisa IT Manager Louis Gutierrez was a featured speaker at the eLearning Africa 2010 International Conference in Zambia, an event that brought together more than 1800 education professionals from 78 countries all over the world, discussing how Kisa and AfricAid have used new and innovative technology to bring computers to Tanzanian classrooms. Louis is the creator of the KisaProject.org website that connects Kisa Scholars and their Sponsors, and the designer of the Kisa computer labs that are now serving thousands of students in Kisa partner schools.

Please take 3 minutes to watch the short video that was featured at the opening of the eLearning conference, here: http://kisaproject.org/kisa-e-learning-africa-2010. The majority of the footage was taken from our partner computer labs in Tanzania!

Thank you so much for continuing to provide vital computer access to thousands of students in Tanzania -- something that can fundamentally change their educational and professional careers, and open up doors where there was previously no opportunity!

With much appreciation, Ashley Shuyler Founder and Executive Director AfricAid

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Jun 29, 2010

A Shining Teacher-In-Training

Theresia in her classroom
Theresia in her classroom

Dear friends,

In Tanzania, there is a saying, “Tushaonyesha njia. Sasa ni wakati wako kufuata.” We have shown you the path. Now it’s your turn. Last week, I had the inspiring opportunity to witness one AfricAid scholar as she began to walk down her own new, exciting path.

Theresia was the first girl in her village to go to secondary school, and she has been an AfricAid scholar since the early days of the organization. As a scholarship recipient, she was sponsored for four years of secondary school, and I got to know her as we exchanged letters during that time. (See a short video about what I learned from Theresia here: http://africaid.com/blog/?page_id=2392.)

Upon graduation, Theresia was forced into an arranged marriage as a third wife, and her future looked bleak – her husband did not want her to continue her schooling. When AfricAid offered support for further education, her brother and father advocated on her behalf, and her husband relented. Theresia is now studying to become a teacher.

I had the chance to visit Theresia during her teaching practicum, and I have seen just how much her education has opened up new doors – and new paths – for her. She stood in front of a classroom of 40 6th-grade students, teaching them about carbohydrates, proteins, and starches during the science period. The kids eagerly raised their hands, snapping their fingers – they each wanted to be the first one to answer her questions.

Theresia says that, unlike most teachers in Tanzania, she will not use corporal punishment. Instead, she has bought students pencils and small candies, hoping to encourage and inspire them to study hard. She is a natural teacher, and the female students in the class, in particular, looked with admiration toward her. When she graduates from teacher training college, she will become a rare, shining role model for the young girls in her village.

AfricAid is proud to support young women like Theresia. They are taking what they have been given and creating new paths in their own life. But more importantly, they are creating pathways for others after them.

Thank you for support of Theresia, and the many others like her here in Tanzania. Theresia thanks you as well, writing in a recent thank you letter to AfricAid, “I thank everybody who is supporting me in school. Please thank them very much and pass my sincere greetings to them!”

With much appreciation, Ashley Shuyler Executive Director AfricAid

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