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.
Nov 24, 2015

Why Computer Labs?

Kisa Mentors
Kisa Mentors

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.

Oct 29, 2015

Kisa Women's Leadership Conference a Huge Success

Learning About Healthy Relationships
Learning About Healthy Relationships

AfricAid’s Career Day women’s leadership conference is one of the premier events on the Kisa calendar, and a key component of the Project. Held annually, it is aimed at current Kisa Scholars as well as Kisa Alumni. Scholars from Kisa Partner Schools attend, along with their School Liaisons. The event is also attended by AfricAid staff, Board Members, and invited guests. Every second year Career Day takes the form of an overnight event, allowing for a more comprehensive program.

AfricAid organizes and provides transport, accommodation (for overnight events), meals, guest speakers, small group leaders, and venue hire. Participants also receive a t-shirt, notebook and pen, all of which are highly valued by Scholars!

In 2015 Career Day took place from the 28th to 29th of August at Tumaini University (Makumira), just outside of Arusha. There were a massive 800 participants in total!

Scholars arrived by bus from their respective schools on the afternoon of the 28th and settled in to their dormitories. That evening, they heard from adolescent relationship expert Dr. Chris Mauki, before having the opportunity to showcase their singing, dancing and other abilities to each other in a talent contest.

The next morning, participants heard the personal stories of three inspirational Tanzanian women, who spoke to the packed auditorium of girls about their own journeys to success, including the many challenges they faced, and how they were able to overcome them to achieve their goals. Our guests this year were well-known print media entrepreneur Emelda Mwamanga, banking executive Edna Kallape, and former domestic worker, women’s advocate and Queen’s Award recipient Angela Benedicto. The girls were completely in awe of these amazing women!

After lunch, Scholars broke into small groups, each of which was led by someone who had successfully pursued a career in an area of interest to Kisa Scholars. These included engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, NGO sector professionals, journalists and a pilot. In addition to the guest speakers and small group sessions, awards were presented to outstanding Scholars and School Liaisons.

Feedback collected from Kisa Scholars shows they found the event inspiring and motivating and that it will help them to be more focused and better informed in choosing a career path. They also loved the opportunity to network and share ideas with their peers. For AfricAid staff, it was an exhausting couple of days, but well worth it! We’re delighted with the success of the event and really want to extend a massive thank you to our Global Giving supporters for your ongoing support of the Kisa Project! Your contribution to the Kisa Project is making a significant difference in the lives of young women in Tanzania.

The Guest Speakers Arrive
The Guest Speakers Arrive
Food for Thought
Food for Thought
Enjoying an
Enjoying an 'Energizer'
Exploring Career Options
Exploring Career Options
Taking It All In
Taking It All In
Oct 1, 2015

It's That Time of Year Again!

Some of the 2015 Graduating Kisa Scholars
Some of the 2015 Graduating Kisa Scholars

It’s hard to believe its October already! We at AfricAid have again begun to receive scholarship applications from Kisa graduates, and are expecting about 50 applications this year. This reflects the gradual growth in the reach of the Kisa Project and the growing number of Kisa Alumni.

Applications will close at the end of the month, and the Kisa Project Manager (Arusha Region) will go through each application and prepare a report on the graduate and her application for the Tanzanian Board. The Board will make the final decision, but the recommendations of Kisa Project Manager, who knows each applicant individually, including her personal financial situation and how she performed as a Kisa Scholar, are invaluable. The Board then has the unenviable task of deciding how the available funds will be distributed.

Even when a Scholar only receives a scholarship to partially cover her tuition costs, it can mean the difference between her going, and not going. One of last year’s scholarship recipients is a young woman called Maria. Maria is enrolled in a Bachelor of Law degree at Tumaini University, Makumira. She says that studying law isn’t difficult, but there’s a lot of work and it’s very tiring! She’s especially interested in subjects dealing with child rights, saying ‘it’s easy to apply to what goes on in the real world here in Tanzania. It was very interesting to learn about FGM when we were studying about children’s rights and the Law of the Child’.

Mary says that when she finishes her studies she plans to open a law firm, ‘so that whenever a woman has a problem about her rights I will give free advice. People don’t know about their rights here and I think things would be very different if they knew. They will become fearless; they will be stronger and more determined. I would like to see greater equality for women’.

We look forward to be able to offer scholarships to other bright, motivated young women and would like to say a very big thank you to all our Global Giving donors for making this possible!

Potential Scholarship Applicants
Potential Scholarship Applicants

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