Apply to Join
Nov 26, 2019

A habit of giving only enhances the desire to give

Thank you from the graduates
Thank you from the graduates

Greetings from Midawe, our dearest Ikirwa School Project supporters As you read this, Ikirwa students are busy with !their final exams while the staff are wrapping up another hectic but successful year, our 7th in operation. With it we bring the end to this 2018-2019 Ikirwa Scholar fundraising campaign, before we turn our attention to 2020 next week. 

Later this week, all across the USA, people will sit at their tables surrounded by family and friends and remember things they are thankful for. As children, our students receive the gifts of love and care from their parents, knowledge from their teachers and support from our global community. What they can give back, even at their young age is gratitude.  At Ikirwa, giving thanks is a daily practice. Every day we thank the community of our Global Giving supporters who for the past four years have given twenty of our students a chance to receive excellent education in a nurturing environment and disrupt the cycle of poverty that has confined their families for generations.

In our last newsletter we shared with you the joy of seen our first born class graduate. Then in mid-October came the results of national exams. Our kids ranked 3rd out of 40 schools in Arusha, 7th out of 322 school in the region and 89th out of 7102 schools nationally. We couldn't be more proud of them and also relieved. Relived that the first serious test has we faced has demonstrated that we are living up to our mission of delivering world class education in a place where that is not an option for most.

We are happy to see that the first four graduates from the Ikirwa Scholars program will be going on to top secondary schools in January. Next year, their place will be taken by four other deserving children, whos education, we hope, you will continue to support. As for us, we will continue to strive to give them the good education and open their minds to the world of possibilities. 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Asante Sana

Thanks to you these girls stayed in school
Thanks to you these girls stayed in school
Ikirwa Scholar for 7 years
Ikirwa Scholar for 7 years
Asante Sana!
Asante Sana!
Oct 14, 2019

Brick by brick

Foundation getting dug
Foundation getting dug

Greetings from Midawe our dear supporters,

 

It has been 3 months since we launched this fundraising effort and what has happened since was a chain of miracles. In the past, the classrooms were built mainly through the support of a few overseas donors. The dining-hall project heralds the first time that we have been able to bring in local support as well both monetary and in-kind. It will also be the first two story building on our campus, which brings a whole new set of complexities to the construction.

When we say that our school was built brick by brick with grass roots support, I am not mixing words. Half of the donations we have received so far have been piles of bricks and bags of cement. Which means that work has started. The MP for Arumeru Region, donated 100 bags of cement and set the foundation stone during our first graduation ceremony. The foundation has been dug, rebar for the second story supports has been set, concrete poured and walls have begun to go up.

In addition to the local community, every volunteer that has come on campus has contributed to the construction to the best of their means, purchasing supplies and making donations. And then there is all the help we have received from you, our dear Global Giving supporters. Brick by brick may not be the fastest pace to raise a building, but the walls we are building are strong, held together with more than mortar and cement. The strength of your friendship and commitment to our school and its students make for the stoutest bonds indeed, 

 

From all of us at Ikirwa School Project,

 

Asante Santa

Second floor supports
Second floor supports
Volunteer with a load of bricks she donated
Volunteer with a load of bricks she donated
Walls are going up
Walls are going up
Sep 16, 2019

Our First Graduation

Graduates and guests of honor
Graduates and guests of honor

Dear Ikirwa School Project supporter,

Greetings from the foothills of Mt. Meru, where just 24 hours ago, in a ceremony attended by 350 people, including the MP for Arumeru District as a guest of honor, we have handed out diplomas to the first Ikirwa Primary School graduates. Among them, were 4 students who could not have attended this school and reached this milestone without the help of our donor community. In liew of the formal report here is a speech that I have prepared for this momentous occasion. Thank you from the bottom of our heart. 

 

Dear students, parents, teachers, staff and distinguished guests,

Welcome, and thank you for joining us on this very special day. I am very sorry that I can’t be here in person, but my heart and mind are with you right now.

In January of 2012 we opened this school with a very simple goal – to give our students a world-class education and teach them not to be afraid of having big dreams. Our graduates today are roof that our goal is not out of reach. Graduates, most of you, were here when we first opened our doors, and if you heard this speech then, you probably wouldn’t have understood any of it. Today you are confident young women and men, who know what it means to have a goal and how to work hard to achieve it. Among you are future doctors, engineers, pilots, accountants and entrepreneurs. You are the future leaders of this nation and the of the world. You make us very proud. So what advice could I give you as you, our first born, leave Ikirwa.

First - never stop learning. Education doesn’t stop when you get your diploma. It doesn’t stop after you finish college or university either. You’re not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you’re going to learn after you leave here. Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not just something you do to advance in life. It’s a moral duty because it’s only through continuous learning that we can add to the vast knowledge of mankind. If we stopped learning, progress in all industries—computers, finance, engineering, biology, stops as well. 

Second – be kind. Never forget that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.  The effect that you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. A mentor once told me – it’s people who will lift you to the top.

Third – work hard. But don’t do things just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you wouldn’t have anything. But if you do work that you’re proud of and don’t get the money, then at
least you’ll have your work. Everything material you gain in life – money, power, possessions - will go away, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart and what you shared with others.

Fourth - you must have some kind of vision for your life, even if you don’t know the plan. You have to have a direction in which you choose to go. That direction may change, but you always must have one even if it’s anchored to an audacious dream. That dream will be your guiding light as you make mistakes and build yourself back up from the inevitable failures. Never give up on it.

And finally - failure is inevitable, so accept it and learn from it. Failure is part of life, it’s part of every career, and you have to know how to take advantage of it.  So learn from your mistakes and use them as a building block to your next success. It is the hard days, the days that challenge you to our very core that will determine who you are. And I hope you’ll make mistakes because it means you’re out there doing something, and making the world more interesting for your having existed.

To sum it up: work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

So, as you begin on this journey of a lifetime, don’t forget what you have learned within these walls:

Don't ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character. You’re too good for taking joy in misfortune of others, you’re too good for gossip, you’re too good for intolerance and you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy.

Don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. It’s the only thing that ever has.

Don’t forget the motto of your alma mater, Ikirwa School:

What you think you create
What you feel you attract
What you imagine you become.

 

SIncerely,

Masha Skuratovskaya

Our valedictorian
Our valedictorian
Family, friends and schoolmates in attendance
Family, friends and schoolmates in attendance
Friends for life
Friends for life
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.