Dear AfricAid Friends,
A Tanzanian proverb says, Haba na haba hujaza kibaba – Little by little fills the big tin. Throughout 2010, we at AfricAid have watched with excitement and gratitude as the girls we support – one by one – have gone on to make big changes in their communities.When we started our work on 2001, we set our sights on supporting ten girls through their high school years. In 2010, we have watched as our partner schools and communities have celebrated AfricAid’s work – work that has now impacted over 40,000 students. Little by little.We watched with gratitude as the students we have supported have used their opportunities to become leaders and agents of change. Thanks to YOUR support, dozens have become teachers and nurses; one young woman is studying to become the first female doctor from her tribe in Tanzania; another was accepted into the best girls’ boarding schools in the United States; and yet another was selected as one of five students from across Tanzania to participate in a prestigious, month-long leadership training program in the U.S. Little by little.
In 2010, we celebrated as the young women in our teacher training programs made the transition to true leaders. One AfricAid Scholar, whose secondary school schooling and teacher training has been made possible by supporters like you, teamed up with me to write Somebody Like Me. This children's book colorfully contrasts the lives of two girls living worlds apart. Prisca and I have both grown so much from our friendship over the past ten years, even though our lives are so different. The book recognizes those cultural differences, but highlights the similarities – the human connection. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward AfricAid; and Prisca’s portion will help to support her efforts to become the first female teacher in her village. You can learn more here: www.africaid.com/somebodylikeme.
We thank you for joining with us this year in helping to to provide teacher training scholarships and, in so doing, help to “fill the big tin.” It has only been with your support that we have been able to create opportunities, little by little, for our friends and partners in Tanzania. With much appreciation,Ashley ShuylerFounder and Executive Director
Thank you so much for your support of Teaching in Action, which gives teachers across Tanzania the opportunity to gather for a one-week workshop to learn how to use student-centered, participatory teaching methods in their classrooms. Your support is truly changing the landscape of opportuntiy for students across Tanzania, because for the first time, these students have access to a high-quality education in their classrooms. As a result, they will be better situtated for future educational and professional success.
In the fall of 2010, the Open Society Institute (http://www.soros.org/) recognized and supported the Teaching in Action teacher training program with a grant. The Open Society Institute works to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people and to promote human rights, justice, and accountability, and is well-known around the world. The grant is a significant and exciting indication of the current efficacy and future promise of the Teaching in Action program.
Thank you so much for supporting high-quality education in Tanzanian classrooms. Your support goes so far in making a difference for thousands of students!
With much appreciation,
Dear AfricAid supporters,
I am writing, once again, to extend heartfelt thanks for your support of the school lunch program at Losinoni Primary School. As I mentioned in my previous report, your ongoing support of the program is truly changing lives at the school: because of the school lunch program, attendance has increased by 30%, and graduation rates have, in turn, increased from 20% to 90%. All of this has been made possible by our supporters like you, at a cost of a mere $25 a day for 750 students!
As the school year comes to a close in Tanzania, the AfricAid Team hopes that you know just how much you have helped to change lives in the small Maasai village of Losinoni. I'd like to share the story of one particular student at Losinoni. His name is Mirishi Ngaya, and he walks miles to and from school each day. Even though he has many chores to do around his home, his parents are happy for him to attend school every day, because they know that he is receiving a high-quality education, and is also eating a nutritious meal there every afternoon. Mirishi is proud of his success at Losinoni Primary School, and he hopes to continue his education at secondary school next year. To view a video of Mirishi's daily walk to school in Losinoni village, please visit 8billionlives: http://www.8billionlives.com/mirishi-ngaya/.
Thank you so much for your support, and happy holidays from the AfricAid team and from the students at Losinoni!