As the GLK Student Fund focuses its energies in 2014 on our female students, we'd like to introduce our newest scholarship candidate, Suzana.
Suzana is 7 years old. She attends a public primary school and is in the first grade. Suzana has high sense of perception and reasoning for her age. She is clever and quick. She is full of curiosity and wants to know and learn about things and has a maturity of some sort that is not so common for her age. She is charming.
She lost her father in July 2013 and is the only child of her mother, Sima, who is 32 years old. After the death of her husband, Sima was forced to move from their rental room after the rent expired. She has no solid income and therefore, she cannot afford to pay rent even for a single room. The husband died before they could collect enough money to buy a plot of land which is the goal of most Tanzanian families. A plot of land secures a home and the means to grow food. Sima and Suzana moved in with Sima's sister and they live in a small one bedroom flat in the Kashura area of Bukoba. Sima has a bad case of hypertension. However, whenever she is able and feels strong, she plaits hair and earns a little money to contribute to her upkeep.
Suzana would very much like to join an English Medium school. Her mother would love to have her daughter in a good school but for her it is only a dream since she cannot afford to pay school fees for such a school.
Please help to make the wish of Suzana materialize and her mother's dream come true.
Thank you so much for all of your constant support. We just wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress of our students supported by Global Giving.
Anagrace and Ines have been doing well in school. Ines is enjoying first grade at her new school and is looking forward to receiving her new school sweater. Recently, we've received a letter from her. Ines writes:
"Dear ones, I thank you for your help. I am love to study, to write, and to draw. I am very happy to study English and to be at KEMPS (Kibeta English Primary School, Bukoba)."
The GLK Student Fund is on always on the look out for new scholarship students to support. Recently, we've identified one possible new scholarship student we are looking to support. A five year old boy from a neighboring village from Anagrace whose mother recently died in childbirth. His father is helping to support him and his four sibings by working as a peasant farmer.This boy is bright and needs to enter pre-school (Tanzanian Kindergarten). Schools in his home village of Izimbya are definitely sub-standard. Getting him into a high quality pre-school will set him up for success later in life.
Please know that your support makes a profound difference in these students' lives. Your contributions help us continue to identify and support vulnerable and deserving students.
The GLK Student Fund Volunteers
The GLK Student Fund has been working hard on supporting deserving students with receiving a quality education. On her September trip to Tanzania, Gayle met a number of students in need of an educational program in which they can learn and develop: Edina, an orphan who had missed several years of primary school because she was taking care of her baby brother; Ines, whose father's death left her family with few resources; AnnaGrace, who is flourishing at her new school after twelve months in this healthy environment.
Join us on December 3rd for an exciting matching opportunity sponsored by Microsoft YouthSpark! The Microsoft YouthSpark program is giving away $250,000 in matching funds to worthy causes supporting education for vulnerable youth.
The Microsoft YouthSpark matching program begins on December 3rd at 12:00pm and will end on December 4th 12pm. Each donation will be matched dollar for dollar. Please note, the matching only applies to credit card or Paypal donations made through the Global Giving website.
With so many of our students struggling to obtain a basic education in the face of poverty, orphanage, and a poor public school system, please pledge to support us and take advantage of this matching program by making a donation today.
Director Gayle Kliever travelled to Tanzania in September and visited many students there including those supported by this project. She attended a school "baraza" (assembly) at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS) where the top students from each class were acknowledged. It was great to see that so many of these excellent students are scholarship students of the GLK Student Fund. Among these was AnaGrace, our first student for this GlobalGiving project! This is a wonderful achievement considering that she has only attended KEMPS (and studied IN ENGLISH) for under one year now. She is truly an excellent student.
While at KEMPS, Gayle was able to share an email letter to AnaGrace from an active GG donor in Austria, Beth Domig. Beth wrote a letter and sent a photo of her family to AnaGrace - who was absolutely thrilled to receive her first letter, her first email ever! The photo above is of AnaGrace's happy reaction to reading the letter and viewing the photo (see original photo below).
Gayle also visited Ines, a scholarship candidate we plan to support beginning in 2014 (photos below). Ines lost her father last year in a traffic accident. Her mother, Theonestina, works hard at a local kiosk selling shoes, bed-sheets, etc. to support both Ines and her brother Fred. Her monthly income of approximately $33 is not enough for most family expenses, and certainly not for the primary school education that Ines deserves.
I met so many wonderful, bright, primary school age students who really need our help. I saw too many young students, especially girls, who were prevented from even attending primary school for various reasons - mostly financial. My goal for 2014 is to continue to fund our current primary school students but to add as many of these students, who are being left behind, as possible.
On October 11th, we celebrate with the UN, International Day of the Girl Child. We support the UN statement: "The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative."
Help us help these young children to attend a good primary school and learn in a challenging and nurturing environment. Donate to help AnaGrace, Ines, and others.
Meet our new scholarship candidate, Ines!
Ines is a bright, curious, 7-year old girl ready to enter Standard 2. She is currently enrolled at a government school, however, the quality of education Ines is receiving there is inadequate. Her current school consists of over-crowded classrooms lacking in critical resources and well-trained teachers. The GLK Student Fund is aiming to place Ines into a good school where she can flourish academically.
Sadly, Ines' father passed away in a traffic accident last year, making it extremely difficult for her family to afford a quality education for her. We are hoping to help her family by sending Ines to an excellent private primary school to receive a great education and give her the tools she needs to succeed.
Anagrace, our most recent scholarship candidate on Global Giving is doing well. Her overall results show that she is currently 4th in her class (out of 40 students) and is receiving A's in both math and religion.
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