As part of the Kisa Project, which trains and mentors Tanzanian secondary school girls to reach their full potential and facilitate change in Tanzanian society, AfricAid has developed the Kisa Alumni Network (KAN). KAN is made up of young women who have completed the Kisa Curriculum and graduated from the program. AfricAid continues to provide networking and professional development opportunities, and tracks the long-term impact of the Kisa Project, through KAN.
A massive 90 - 95% of Kisa graduates go on to tertiary study and many of those girls are scholarship recipients funded in part thanks to donations on Global Giving. Without the Kisa University Scholarship Program, many of these bright young women would find it impossible to pursue any kind of tertiary education; indeed only 3% of women in Tanzania are able to.
In this report we’d like to share a couple of photos taken at the recent KAN lunch in Arusha. About 20 young women, at various stages of completing their tertiary study, got together to share ideas, experiences and news with each other. Pictured here are some of the group with their Kisa Mentors, Eligrania and Esther, and some of those who have received university scholarships through AfricAid and Kisa. In a lovely twist, one of the girls I spoke to told me that she has finished her teaching degree and was now teaching History and English at her alma mater, Maasae Girls Lutheran Secondary School. She said she loves inspiring other young women to learn!
Thank you for being part of the change young women in Tanzania are creating.
Losinoni village is in Northern Tanzania. The people who live in and around Losinoni are primarily Maasai, and they face incredibly harsh conditions in that area. Each day, around 600 children make their way to Losinoni Primary School, and despite the difficult terrain, lack of safe drinking water, and ongoing threats to their family’s food supply, these children learn and thrive. In 2014, it was ranked the #1 primary school in the district.
AfricAid believes there are three main reasons for Losinoni’s success:
Through the AfricAid School Lunch Program, the children of Losinoni Primary School have enough fuel to sustain them in their studies. They eat makande, a traditional Tanzanian dish of stewed beans and corn. The dish is especially popular among the Pare and Chagga people of the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania, but the dish is eaten throughout the country, especially by school children. The reason is simple: makande provides a nutritious, “whole protein” meal at a relatively low cost. Swahili Mom Kitchen offers a great recipe for makande – why no try it yourself? There’s a link to the recipe below.
With the support of our donors, AfricAid will continue to ensure that the children of Losinoni are able to thrive. We’d like to again say a big thank you to you for donating to the School Lunch Program through Global Giving.
With the support of our Global Giving Donors, AfricAid were recently able to install another computer lab at one of our partner schools in Northern Tanzania. Although most of AfricAid’s Kisa Scholars have very little experience with computers, they are enthusiastic and quick learners, as we discovered with the recent installation.
Our most recent donations allowed us to buy a number of second-hand desktop computers from Computers 4 Africa. This organization sources computers from donors in developed countries who have machines they no longer need or want. The computers are fully refurbished and in very good condition. They are perfect for our needs and are excellently priced.
We received a delivery of C4A machines in early February and were met on-site at the recipient school by our IT technician Eddie. The girls had received word of the delivery and came to see the unloading and installation of the computers. Much to our delight, they asked Eddie and their IT teacher to show them how to set up and connect the machines, and then insisted in helping do just that. So in this report, we want to share a short video and a few photos of the process.
We are so grateful to all who donate to this project. Who knows, we might have a budding IT professional in our midst, which would be great news for an industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by males in Tanzania!