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
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