AfricAid, Inc.

AfricAid is a nonprofit organization that supports girls' education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities.
Sep 30, 2013

She's the First Visits AfricAid's Kisa Scholars

Kisa Scholars
Kisa Scholars

This past month, AfricAid's Kisa Scholars welcomed some very special guests - members of the She's the First team. She's the First is a nonprofit that works to sponsor girls' education in developing countries, giving girls the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.  As a part of this mission, they have supported and sponsored many of our Kisa Scholars, for which we are so grateful.  This past month we had the opportunity to share our work with them in person as part of their visit  to Tanzania!

Below is a description from She's the First describing their experience in Tanzania with our Scholars:

When I was in high school, I remember very, very occasionally walking into class to find the ultimate surprise - guests. It might be former students, or one of the teacher's friends who just happened to stop by, but it always meant one thing: a shorter, more laid-back class in which none of us would get yelled at. I'd pull out a piece of notebook paper to write a note to a friend (in gel pen, of course, and then painstakingly folded into some intricate origami pattern), while others would start games of hangman or throw paper footballs. The downside, of course, was that whatever work we did manage to get done that day would have extra eyes upon it, especially if we had a presentation to do. 

So when we visited with Kisa classes this week, all of this was playing through my head. I feel we owe both an asante* and a pole* to the Kisa mentors and students for letting us tag along and disturb their classes. Once there, we listened as the girls discussed status quo and their place in it, as another class presented their business plans ("Royal Chicken, where the chickens are fatter!"), and as they learned to fight back against negative stereotypes affecting women in Tanzania. Breaking into STEM fields was high on that discussion list, just as it is in the USA.

We also had opportunities to meet with our STF Scholars after classes were over, and learned more about their goals and dreams. Many of them were preparing for exams, so achieving Division I or II was highest on their list of priorities. They also talked about going to university, and many of them want to study law - a profession direly needed by people in the area, especially by women.

We weren't surprised to find them well-spoken and enthusiastic about joining the Kisa Project. Even the first-year students knew what it meant to be chosen for the program, and told us they were ready to be leaders among their peers and in their communities. We have no doubt they will be!


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She's the First with AfricAid's Kisa Scholars
Sep 7, 2013

Reach, Teach and Empower

Reach, Teach and Empower
Reach, Teach and Empower

Creating access and availability to education means also providing quality educational experiences.  This means that from both ends of the spectrum, children attending and teachers teaching, an investment is made.  At AfricAid we break our mission into Reach, Teach and Empower.  Through these avenues we aspire to reach more students and children in Tanzania, we aspire to teach more students and teachers through our various programs and ultimately empower all with education for future success. 

 AfricAid reaches students and girls through our scholarship programs, teaches them to achieve their potential, and empowers young girls to become leaders!  Thank you for helping us reach, teach and empower!

Sep 7, 2013

Founder's Recent Experience in Tanzania

The founder of AfricAid, Ashley Shuyler, recently visited Tanzania and came back with some great insight for AfricAid's work and its future, particularly the future of Tanzanian girls aspiring to gain more education.

Upon her return she shared her impressions and thoughts...

"The most inspiring moment of the trip for me was visiting the remote home of Prisca Lesakire, a young Maasai woman who was one of AfricAid’s first 10 scholarship recipients. She was the first girl in her village to go to high school, and she has now become the first woman teacher from her community. As a result of her education, Prisca is not only teaching math and science classes to hundreds of students, but she is serving as a powerful role model in her home community. As she has built a permanent home for her parents and sent her own two daughters to school, her entire village has seen just how valuable educating girls can be. Her father even allows her to eat together with the men, a sign of the deep respect Prisca has earned. The ripple effects of Prisca’s education are evident.

During my time with Prisca, I could see that AfricAid’s mission is more critical now than it ever has been before. The challenges that young women face in Tanzania are extraordinary – by the time they are teenagers, they are struggling in the face of having to live on $2 per day or less, of arranged marriages, the spread of HIV/AIDS – all with little hope for a brighter future. Indeed, 95% of girls don’t even have the chance to go to high school in Tanzania, leaving them little opportunity to have a voice in their future."

Sponsorship’s for these girls is life changing and your support is pivotal for this dramatic change in their lives.  It is amazing how some things we take for granted, education, when for others it is such a privilege.  Prisca is one of many that AfricAid has had the opportunity to help and as the next class of scholars enters our program we only hope to share these life-changing possibilities with more young Tanzanian women.  

 
   

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