Dec 3, 2018

Happy Holidays Update from Girls Ed Tanzania

Form 4 Students Visit PW Office
Form 4 Students Visit PW Office

Happy Holidays Girls Ed Supporters,

We hope this holiday season finds you surrounded by loved ones and much joy! 

STUDY CAMP

It is December and so -- we are launching yet another academic study camp for our secondary students. We are thrilled to have all of our students come together again -- "home" in Kigoma from their respective secondary schools. Together they will board on site at Kichangachui School, reconnecting and strengthening the already tight bonds they have with one another and their camp teachers. Each day they will study on a rigorous timetable, while also having the opportunity to eat well, take time for personal reflection, and serve as mentors to one another. 

Some of our Form 3 students, who will be at camp this month, are “brilliant students” as Lucas and Madaga put it. They reported that Zuwena from Mkongoro Secondary School and both Ashura and Leokardia from Bitale Secondary School have ranked top five in their class – including boys and girls! We look forward to seeing how they do in their final Form 4 year, which begins in January. They will strive toward excellence on their national exams next fall to secure spots in high school, and perhaps one day university!

FORM FOUR STUDENT JOURNEYS

Two weeks ago, several of our recent Form 4 graduates came to the Project Wezesha office to share their experiences on the November national examinations. They were giddy about the fact that so much of the test felt familiar, thanks to the intensive test prep and content instruction they received during our June camp. We will find out in the coming weeks how they all performed, which will determine their next steps. High flyers will receive the opportunity from the government to attend high school, while others will be able to choose career paths through vocational centers or certificate programs. Whatever their path, Girls Ed will be there to support them.

Among the feedback we have received from students, we’d like to share these thoughts from our student Remence. She is a young woman with no parents, who lives with her grandmother. She just completed her Form 4 exams at Mungonya Secondary School.

“I never had an idea of studying in secondary school because my grandmother being poor, all what she could was only to raise me in a very poor kind of life. But now, Thanks GOD, I have finished my form four exams and hope to join high school and finally attend University. All this has been possible due to the support Girls Ed provides to me. Long live GEI supporters. I will use the acquired skills in bringing changes to my society”

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STUDENTS

The girls we currently support in certificate programs are doing really well and enjoying their post-secondary studies. They express their gratitude for the support they get from Girls Ed and Project Wezesha. They are currently sitting their annual exams and we have wished them well! They will be coming to Kigoma to visit when I head over there in 2 weeks time! I can’t wait to see them and share their stories (and exam results) with you.

TEACHER FEEDBACK

We also receive great praise from parents and teachers of our students. They are all very interested and invested in our work, hoping that we will continue. One of the teachers from Mkongoro Secondary school, Mr. Egide, who is also the senior academic master at that school, commented positively towards our students:

“Our students who are sponsored by Project Wezesha do not have bad groups. They also inspire other girls to develop the culture of studying.”

OUR GRATITUDE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

As always, we are grateful to you for all that you have done to support our work. In this holiday season, please continue your journey with us by giving the Gift of Education to a student today. As more and more of them excel and move into post-secondary studies, we need all the help we can get! 

Through GlobalGiving, you can donate in honor of a loved one for the holidays and send them a paper or e-card. You can launch your own fundraiser for Girls Ed – who doesn’t love a holiday party that empowers girls! Please also consider becoming a sustaining donor; when you set up a recurring contribution of $10, $15, $20 (or more!) per month, you will have a huge impact on the work we do. Of course, you can also simply share our stories and encourage friends and family to learn more about what we do through Facebook and on our website.

Asante sana! 
Thank you very much!

Sincerely,

Rai Farrelly
& The Girls Ed Team

Refuge From Rain
Refuge From Rain
Become a Recurring Donor
Become a Recurring Donor
Dec 3, 2018

Heading to Tanzania in December!

Kate and Sifa in Mgaraganza
Kate and Sifa in Mgaraganza

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

We are excited to let you know that the founders, Rai Farrelly and Lucas Lameck will be reunited in December to check in, catch up, teach in the December study camps, conduct interviews with students, visit Amahoro Secondary School headmaster and teachers, and of course - get more photos of the desks and chairs that you chipped in to purchase!

This December we will be assessing the current space available for more desks and placing an order to fill any gaps in the classrooms. We can't believe that it has been just over a year since the fabulous Kate Schelbe started her adventure as a teacher in Mgaraganza Village. We know that they miss her as much as she misses them since her time in Tanzania came to an end.

In this season of gratitude and giving, we want to give another big shout out to Kate for launching this campaign and therefore singlehandedly (with the support of her loving friends and family of course!) equipped classroom after classroom with desks and chairs so that students no longer have to sit on 2x4 boards and large rocks.

Thank you to everyone who has chipped in thus far! If you're thinking of ways to give this holiday season, consider purchasing another desk/chair set in honor of someone you care about. Let them know that this gift in their honor ensures that a student can sit and study with dignity and the ability to focus more on academics, than comfort. 

Asante sana and Happy Holidays from us at Project Wezesha!

Cheers

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck 

Kate and the New Desks
Kate and the New Desks
Arrival of New Desks
Arrival of New Desks
Nov 28, 2018

Renewed partnership

Dear Pakistan Project Supporters, 

We, at Girls International are so pleased to announce that we have renewed our partnership with Bedari organization in Pakistan. We look forward to our continious collaboration in support of the girls from Punjab disctrict. With your generous financial support we will continue to do our part in giving them the choice of education by providing them with transportation to and from their schools. To demonstrate Bedari's commitment to the cause even further, we want to highlight a two days advocacy event, titled "Provincial Conference and Policy Dialogue on addressing Violence Against Girls in Punjab", organized by them in hopes to bring even higher awareness to the issues of girls in Pakistan. In their own words their memo reads: "Girls in Pakistan are among those whose rights are openly violated. Either because of social norms or because of limited resources girls are deprived of the basic rights to education, free from violence, right to play, in short right to enjoy their childhood." The Execitive Director of Girls Education International, Raichle Farrelly, send a video to the conference on bahalf of all of us to show our support. You can view the video below or here.

Thank you again for your support and we hope that this holidays your heart continious to stay open to the ones that can benefit so much from our small acts of kindness and dedicaiton.

Happy Holidays,

Tamrika 

Pakistan Project Leader

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=17fCm9_QYrYKIBu94R_kiHbhg10RLbBZL

 

 

 
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