AfricAid established the University Scholarship Fund in 2012. At that time we had 21 Kisa graduates, each of whom was eligible to apply for a scholarship. At end of 2015 we have 290 Kisa graduates and demand for the Scholarship Fund continues to grow.
As a result, we’re going to take a more direct approach to fundraising for the project and have decided to remove the initiative from Global Giving.
We will instead focus our Global Giving fundraising efforts on other aspects of the Kisa Project. So if you’d like to continue to donate through Global Giving you can still do so, and bring educational and other benefits to hundreds of Tanzanian secondary school girls. Just search AfricAid’s projects on Global Giving.
If you’d like to continue to support the University Scholarship Fund specifically, you can do so through the donate page on our website, or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange everything for you.
Thank you so much. With your support, AfricAid has helped more than 100 Tanzanian secondary school girls to attend university!
We wish you and your family peace, joy and a very happy holidays!
Undoubtedly, there are many primary schools in Tanzania that would benefit from some extra assistance. While AfricAid aren’t able to provide support too EVERY school that needs it, we are making a huge difference at Losinoni Primary School, thanks to the support of people like you! Losinoni is a school on the outskirts of Arusha, the region in which AfricAid have been working for almost 15 years.
The children that attend the school are all drawn from the local Maasai villages. The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in Tanzania. Because of the poverty many experience, and with the changing times, it is essential that these children get at least a basic education. This increases their life chances across a whole range of measures including physical health, life expectancy, earning potential and general well-being. For girls, education will mean that they are less likely to marry and bear children at a young age, be a victim of domestic violence, and suffer the extreme poverty that disproportionately affects women.
Losinoni Primary School started in 1975 with just 80 students. It now has close to 600. The youngest are the 4-5 year olds in ‘nursery school’ and the oldest are those in their final year of primary school, Standard 7. Many students walk over 3 miles in each direction to attend school each day, frequently doing so on an empty stomach. Making things even more difficult for the children, many suffer skeletal fluorosis because of the very high fluoride levels in the local water supply. The school currently has 12 teachers and class sizes are large.
AfricAid has been involved in a number of projects at Losinoni including classroom construction and renovation, provision of desks, building toilets, providing a computer and printer for staff use, and the highly successful school lunch program.
The school lunch program is critical to the success of Losinoni students and we are extremely grateful for your donation through Global Giving.
Basic computer skills are essential to the long-term success Kisa Scholars. Those who go on to tertiary study (university) will be required to submit their work electronically. Many Kisa topics, such as communication skills and building a portfolio, also require the use of a computer. As future leaders, it is essential that Kisa Scholars leave the program knowing how to use a computer and with basic knowledge of the Internet and social media. Kisa IT classes are taught by trained Kisa Mentors; the computer lab is also made available to the school for general IT classes so that the entire school community benefits.
The Kisa Curriculum, which focuses of leadership and life-skills, includes several lessons related to computers and the Internet. In Year 1, Kisa Scholars learn basic computer skills and are introduced to using the Internet as a research tool. For many it will be the first time they use a computer. Scholars also learn about the various social media platforms and how to use them effectively and safely. These will become important networking mediums for some Scholars. At the end of Year 2, Scholars learn how to write formal letters and are assisted to prepare a CV.
It is only with the support of generous donors like you that AfricAid are able to install computer labs in Kisa Partner Schools and ensure that Kisa Scholars are prepared to become leaders and role models in their communities. For Kisa Mentors, seeing the young women they teach become empowered to create brighter futures for themselves is an amazing experience. We at AfricAid are all extremely grateful to you for making this possible.