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.
Jul 6, 2015

Scholarship Supports Finance and Accounting Study

Aikande is Studying Finance and Accounting
Aikande is Studying Finance and Accounting

Kisa Alumna Aikande studied at Makumira Secondary School, a semi-rural school located about 20km from Arusha City. She joined AfricAid’s Kisa Project in 2013 and says ‘I really enjoyed being part of Kisa … the Mentors helped us to recognize our inner potential and inspired us on how to succeed. I learned how to set goals and to never let anything draw me back’.

Now studying Finance and Accounting at Mzumbe University in Morogoro, Aikande is a great example of the kind of difference the Kisa Project, including the University Scholarship Program can make. She says she is really enjoying university and is extremely grateful for the support from AfricAid. She says that after finishing her degree she will take the Certified Public Accountant examinations in the hope of becoming an Auditor, but she also wants to involve herself in community work ‘that will touch and help other people’.

Aikande is just one of the amazing young women who benefit each year from AfricAid’s University Scholarship Program. Scholarships generally cover the cost of tuition only, with students raising the rest themselves, through friends and family.  Your donation through Global Giving to the University Scholarship Program not only touches the lives of individual girls in Tanzania, it will ultimately help change the status of women in Tanzanian society.  

Jun 2, 2015

Reducing the Impact of Too Much Fluoride

Tanks Collecting Rainwater
Tanks Collecting Rainwater

Losinoni village is part of the East African Rift fluoride belt. While a small amount of fluoride is associated with the prevention of tooth decay, many parts of Tanzania and East Africa have toxic levels. The World Health Organization recommends that we ingest no more than 1.5mg/liter of fluoride in the water we use for drinking and cooking. Unfortunately in some parts of Northern Tanzania, the fluoride level reaches 95mg/liter.

Students at Losinoni Primary School benefit immensely from the generous donors who contribute to their school lunch program through AfricAid. In addition to the nutritious lunch they receive daily, the teachers and administrators ensure that the lunch is a healthy break from the often dangerous levels of fluoride occurring naturally in their home water supplies. Levels above 10 mg/liter are associated with the bone disease skeletal fluorosis, which causes pain and damage to bones and joints and can have a severe crippling effect.

By collecting rainwater from the roofs of all the school buildings, the school is able to provide safe drinking water and to cook the daily lunch of traditional makande stew in uncontaminated, fluoride free water.

We’d like to thank our Global Giving donors for supporting the school lunch project at Losinoni Primary School. As a result of your support, we feel confident these students have a brighter future ahead of them.

Makande Being Served for Lunch
Makande Being Served for Lunch
A Class in Progress at Losinoni Primary School
A Class in Progress at Losinoni Primary School
May 20, 2015

Maintaining the Computer Labs

The Lab at Moringe Sokoine Secondary School
The Lab at Moringe Sokoine Secondary School

Computer literacy is increasingly important in the developing world, and yet very few students actually have access to a computer. AfricAid installs basic computer labs in each partner school in Northern Tanzania where we work. This allows both AfricAid program participants (Kisa Scholars) and the wider student body to develop computer skills and access information technology. We contract a computer service technician to undertake regular preventative maintenance and to undertake any necessary repair work.

 

Technician Eddie undertakes routine maintenance once per year. This is a busy time for him – we currently have 13 partner schools and are about to add four more! Each lab has ten machines which have been supplied by AfricAid. Eddie travels to each school accompanied by an AfricAid staff member, and with the school IT Teacher looking on, cleans, updates, tests and repairs each machine.

 

We’ve included a few photos of a recent maintenance visit to Moringe Sokoine Secondary School in Monduli District. Again we’d like to say a very big thank you to all those who have supported us to provide and maintain computer labs for Tanzanian secondary school students. Having even just a rudimentary knowledge of computers can make a difference to the future success of a student. 

Checking for Problems
Checking for Problems
Updating Software
Updating Software
 
   

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