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 7, 2010

Textbooks distributed to two schools!

Losinoni student reads children
Losinoni student reads children's book

Dear friends,

I am happy to have the opportunity to write you this quarterly update. In the past three months, your contributions have created important educational opportunities for students in Tanzania. With the support you have provided, AfricAid was able to distribute textbooks at two schools, serving over 1,000 students in northern Tanzania.

The first set of textbooks was provided at Upendo English Medium Primary School in Usa River, Tanzania, a school that is teaching elementary students English to best prepare them for future educational and professional success. The students couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to learn English from textbooks! Please visit here for more information about Upendo: http://africaid.com/?page_id=30.

The second set of textbooks was provided at Losinoni Primary School in a rural Maasai Village in Tanzania. Very few students in this community have had the opportunity to learn from textbooks before, and with your support, they have been able to hold and own their very first copies of textbooks. Thank you for making this possible! You can read more information here about Losinoni: http://africaid.com/blog/?page_id=25.

I'd like to invite you to help us reach our goals by the end of this month, as students return from holiday in Tanzania. Please post the following link to your Facebook page, or send it by email, encouraging your friends to get involved in changing lives in Tanzania! http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tanzaniantextbooks/

Thank you for making vital educational opportunities possible for these young students!

With much appreciation, Ashley Shuyler Founder and Executive Director AfricAid

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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