AfricAid's life-skills and leadership program - the Kisa Project, was always meant to grow and expand; this year we are doing just that!
This year, we plan to add 4 new Kisa partner schools in Moshi, Tanzania, which is about one and a half hours from Arusha, our current base. In Year 2 of the expansion, with the support of our amazing Kisa Sponsors, we hope to addanother 4 schools. By the end of 2015, we would have a total of 8 schools in Moshi to compliment our current Kisa partner schools in Arusha and Monduli.
You may be wondering "why Moshi?" In Tanzania, the word Moshi is synonymous with education. The first formal schools in Tanzania were in Moshi and the Chagga people, native to the Moshi/Kilimanjaro area, historically place a high value on education. For this reason, many of the country's more prestigious secondary schools are in Moshi. This is despite the fact that Moshi is actually much smallerthan Arusha, the major urban center in Northern Tanzania (Moshi's population in the 2012 census was 190,000,vs Arusha, which had a population of ~1.2 million in the metropolitan area). Kisa is taught primarily in A-Level school, and because most A-Level schools are boarding schools, girls from all over Tanzania study in Moshi. It is truly a national center for education. By expanding Kisa to schools in Moshi, we have the opportunity to reach girls from every region and city in Tanzania, and we can achieve this by traveling less than 2 hours down the road.
AfricAid's expansion to Moshi will be led by one of our star Mentors, Devotha Mlay. Devotha joined AfricAid in September 2012 as a part time Project Manager of the WorldReader project at Upendo Primary School and became a Kisa Mentor in January 2013. She is an outstanding Mentor and has shown her leadership ability throughout her time with AfricAid. Her exceptional effort, along with her experience as an A-Level student in Moshi and her willingness to relocate to Moshi in order to lead the Kisa expansion effort there, make us confident that AfricAid is well placed to have a strong start in the region.
Join us in our excitement and help make this expansion possible!
One of the biggest challenges that young women face in Tanzania is the lack of opportunity to attend university. Our University Scholarship Program is geared towards girls who graduate from our Kisa Program, AfricAid's leadership development program for secondary school scholars. AfricAid offers eight competivite scholarships for girls to attend university or vocational training colleges. This year, eight young women have been identified. The girls graduate in May and will start university or vocational training after their Leadership Immersion Experience in July 2014. Upon graduating from the Kisa Program, the girls join the Kisa Alumni Association which connects them to a network of accomplished Kisa leaders who are using their leadership skills to change their communities. University graduates can apply to join the Kisa Program as mentors and the cycle of empowering and developing new leaders continues.
To Our Donors--
While AfricAid continues to believe that the establishment of a new Montessori learning center is an important and worthy endeavor, we have determined that the complexities associated with establishing a new school in Tanzania are significant, and require considerable additional time and analysis in order to deal with them. As a result, AfricAid has decided to put the project on hold for the meantime, pending further reseach by AfricAid representatives into the requirements associated with opening and certifying a school, and an in-depth, on-site analysis of the feasibility of the project itself. We are thus proposing to deactivate this project from GlobalGiving.
Your support of the project has been much appreciated, and will help enable AfricAid to undertake needed research and analysis. AfricAid still hopes to be able to reactivate the project at some future date.