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!
In mid-January AfricAid staff returned to work after a well-earned break, and 423 dedicated Kisa Scholars returned to their respective schools and resumed their Kisa leadership and life skills training.
One of the schools we partner with to deliver the Kisa Curriculum is Orkeeswa Secondary School, a unique rural school serving a mostly Maasai population. Orkeeswa students come from a community that is marginalized and impoverished, with very limited access to education.
The Kisa Curriculum is normally taught to girls in their final two years of secondary school – Forms 5 and 6, also known as Advanced Levels. But at schools like Orkeeswa, very few girls enjoy the kind of circumstances that allow them to make it that far. So in 2013 AfricAid decided to recruit Form 3 and 4 girls and teach the Kisa Curriculum to them. Just having made it to secondary school is a massive achievement and these girls are already considered potential community leaders. So teaching them leadership and life skills is very appropriate and is proving to be a great success.
The new school year for Forms 3 and 4 commenced in January and we have recently finished recruitment at Orkeeswa. 12 girls have just started Year 1; last year’s Year 1 girls (18 of them) have just started Year 2 of the program. Kisa Mentors Eligrania and Gladys have been delighted with the progress of the Scholars to date and are looking forward to the year ahead, as they watch the transformation of these young women, especially in terms of confidence and self-belief.
Reaching out to girls like those who attend Orkeeswa would not be possible without the generosity shown by our Global Giving donors. Again we say thank you very much. We hope that each donor gets as much satisfaction out the success of the Kisa Project and the achievements of Kisa Scholars as we do. Please keep giving – to date we have raised almost half of our Global Giving target of $75,000 to keep the Project going.