Building on successful work in Iringa and Kilolo Districts since 2007, Camfed is delighted to have secured additional support to extend its reach and impact in Tanzania in 2009. Camfed’s education program was recently launched in Kilosa and Kilombero Districts and the investment creates vital security to enable a cohort of girls to complete school as well as supporting innovative work to empower students to lead improvements in the school environment.
After 5 years of successful adapting and implementing our best practice in girls’ education and young women’s economic empowerment program in Tanzania, Camfed Tanzania is poised to substantially increase its impact and reach. An extensive baseline survey conducted in 2008 confirmed the impact of the program to date and provides robust data to direct program strategy going forward.
Drawing on findings from the baseline survey and consultations with community and government partners, Camfed Tanzania has prepared its 2009 --- 2013 Strategic Plan, which charts an ambitious path for growth and innovation in the future. Camfed Tanzania is seeking to significantly extend girls’ education and young women’s leadership opportunities in Tanzania.
With the specific help of GlobalGiving donors, we have been able to send more young women to school by providing them shoes, uniforms, and exam fees to ensure they do not drop out of school.
The young vulnerable children we've helped support are like Jonas whose father died when he was only seven and his mother works in the city to provide for their family. “ Two days a week, I have to skip school to work in the market selling vegetables. It is disappointing to miss classes because I worry that I won’t be prepared to take my secondary school exams so that I can continue my education."
Jonas' classmates put him forward for the Safety Net Fund. They knew that he was struggling because he was going to school with bare feet, and no exercise books.
"When I returned to school after being away for some days, my teacher told me that Camfed was going to supply me with a new uniform and books. I felt so good, because I could see that it would really change my situation. To be able to show up with the proper books and shoes makes me feel better about going to school."
Education is the most sound investment you can make towards the eradication of poverty, and Camfed's work is helping secure a better future for these children and their communities.
Your support for our project is changing lives in Tanzania. As a thank you, I wanted to share the story of one of the girls in Tanzania who has been supported to stay in school by Camfed's Safety Net Fund
From:Hadija, Aged 14, Kilombero District, Tanzania.
I am the last born of six children, and my father is a rice farmer. My mother didn’t go to school, and my father only attended school until standard 7, so they struggle a lot to make a living. They very much want me to go to school because they know that it’s the only way to build my future. Though, even the small small costs are too much for them. For three years, I was wearing the same school uniform. Both the skirt and the shirt are ripped. Every morning when I put them on, I felt ashamed.
I remember the day in January when my teacher told our class that there was a fund to help struggling students buy new uniforms and books, and one of the students in my class submitted my name. She had noticed my torn uniform and she felt pity for me. When the teacher told me that I was on a list of children who would be provided with a new uniform, I felt something lift in me. I used to dread going to school, because I was afraid that the teacher would call me to go to the blackboard. Then I would have to stand before the whole class in my torn uniform.
It’s different now. I can get up in front of the class with no anxiety. I feel good about going to school. I look forward to it. I want to keep doing better and better, because I have a goal: I want to be a nurse, and take care of the sick people in my family.
We are delighted to bring you an update straight from the field. Brian and Alexis from the Global Giving team recently went to Tanzania to learn more about Camfed’s work with vulnerable rural children, and they witnessed firsthand the impact that your donations are making.
Their blog tells the inspiring story of how your support is directly transforming the lives of children who would otherwise be at risk of dropping out of school before they even reach secondary education.
“Today we met the president, three doctors, a few parliamentarians, and an engineer. Well, they weren’t these things yet, but, thanks to Camfed, the students of 10 districts across Tanzania will have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Camfed partners with local schools to sponsor children that would otherwise be unable to afford schooling by providing uniforms, shoes, scholastic materials, and in some cases, school fees.
We visited Umwe Primary School where we met with head teacher Rwambo, who explained that Camfed supports 366 students. While the government pays the school fees for primary school students, students and their families are responsible for paying the often insurmountable costs of uniforms, shoes, and scholastic materials. The head teacher introduced us to the 1,000+ students at her school that had gathered on the front lawn to greet us. We asked the crowd how Camfed had helped them. Over the course of five minutes, literally hundreds of students sprung to their feet, one at a time, to confidently introduce themselves and proudly tell us “Camfed bought me shoes” or “Camfed paid for my uniform.” Teachers of the school explained that as a result of Camfed’s support, school attendance had improved. Prior to receiving support students had come to school unclean and in rags. Now, with new, clean uniforms, students are proud to come to school.
Camfed is in the business of making girls’ and women’s dreams come true. From what we saw, they are doing a great job.”
The Camfed Safety Net Fund is directly reducing the risk to vulnerable children in rural areas of Tanzania of dropping out of school. With the help of teacher mentors trained by Camfed, schools have identified the children in their communities most in need, and the items they require to continue with their studies. Across Camfed's partner schools in Tanzania, including in the Kilosa District targeted by this project, children have been provided with stationery, school uniforms, sanitary protection, payment of exam fees, food and other necessities to keep them attending and achieving at school.
In the first quarter of 2008, 407 schools in Tanzania have been given Safety Net Fund grants to support their most vulnerable students. Of these 407 schools, 276 are primary schools and 131 are secondary schools.
Reports to date show that 6,445 children are currently benefiting from the Camfed Safety Net Fund in Tanzania.
Trainings have also been conducted at the district level to support schools to manage the Camfed Safety Net Fund efficiently and transparently. These trainings were aimed at school heads, school committee members and district-level community development committee members, and focus on skills to effectively manage and monitor the Safety Net Funds, including the selection of beneficiaries and the maintenance of accountable systems through which funds are disbursed.
The Safety Net Fund in Tanzania is enabling otherwise marginalized and vulnerable youth to reach their full potential, and your donations to this project are directly benefiting the lives of these children.
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