Nov 27, 2019

Every day is a good day to give

Winston Churchill said: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give". This thought has been with me for the last few weeks as I have been thinking about what it means to give and what it means to receive. I realize that what I give is so insignificant compared to the difference it can make in receiver's life. Thus, a question begs, should I give more? Should I give with more intent? Perhaps, should I give with more gratitude? With gratitude that I am able to give and that this is a gift for me as much as it is for the receiver. 

I will continue to strive to give more than I receive and I will do it with gratitude. I want to extend this gratitude to all of you that make our world a more beautiful and just place, a place where everyone has access to choices, choices that education makes possible. Thank you for your continous support, it means more to us and to the students that you support, than you might realize. Thank you. We wish you wonderful holidays.

 

Tamrika

Nov 22, 2019

The Ripple Effect of Post-Secondary Education

Lois outside Malaika Daycare Center
Lois outside Malaika Daycare Center

Dear Girls Ed Supporters, 

We at Girls Ed believe in the power of education to change the world. We think you do, too, because you've contributed to the education of the young women in our Tanzania program. Thank you!! Asante sana!!

We're happy to share an update on one of our newest certificate program graduates. Lois entered our secondary school scholarship program in 2015. She also participated in several of our academic study camps. She completed Form 4 (secondary school) in 2018. Lois, along with a cohort of her peers from our program, began a certificate program that prepares nursery school teachers. All of these young women completed that program in September 2019.

Many of them are eager to continue their eduction, to pursue an additional diploma in education. We encouraged the newly certified nursery school teachers to get some professional experience for at least one year. Within weeks of being given this advice, Lois landed a job at Malaika Daycare Center. 

Lois teaches a beautiful group of 1-3 year old children. She is responsible for teaching them letters, numbers, and songs in Swahili and English. She cares for them all day, which is no small feat when you have 10+ toddlers! She manages their behavior, feeds them, supervises them during play time, and helps to build their characters as they play and learn together. 

She is now making 100,000 Tanzanian shillings per month! (*Note: This is about 43 USD, however the average village family in this region lives on subsistence farming or fishing, so Lois' salary is significant for her and her family.) Lois is planning to save her money. She dreams of continuing her education to pursue a degree in education. 

We are so proud of Lois for being a role model to these young children. She would not have this opportunity without our campaign to support young women pursuing post-secondary education. Now Lois is able to share her passion for education with the next generation of Tanzanians! See her in action in this video filmed by Lucas this week.

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This past month, another cohort of Form 4 students took the national examinations that determine their future educational opportunities. We're sure they will all perform well enough to pursue post-secondary education. There is so much potential for these young women to change their worlds in big and small ways. Will you help us support them?

Please share this report about Lois with your friends and family. Encourage them to make a contribution during this holiday season so that we can continue to leverage the power of education! You can use the convenient sharing buttons below!

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Stay tuned for more updates on Tanzania's newest group of Nursery School Teachers!! 

With Gratitude, 

The Girls Ed Team
www.girlsed.org
info@girlsed.org 

Lois singing with her nursery school students
Lois singing with her nursery school students
Lois teaching her students
Lois teaching her students
Lois with her students at play time
Lois with her students at play time
Lois in 2014 - awarded a scholarship with Girls Ed
Lois in 2014 - awarded a scholarship with Girls Ed

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Nov 18, 2019

Fall 2019 Update from Project Wezesha

Dibeit Mentoring Youth with Inspiring Speech
Dibeit Mentoring Youth with Inspiring Speech

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

We are pleased to offer a Fall update on students in our program. Many of them have been with us for many years – because they are awesome and continue to progress along their educational paths! Check out these amazing stories: 

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College Graduates – May 2020

Tumsifu, Saidi and Dibeit are in their third and final year of University! They are all doing very well and are enthusiastic about their upcoming graduation and the opportunity to start work as young professional men. Tumsifu and Dibeit will be practicing medicine with a focus on maternal and child health. Saidi will be aiming for a career in banking with his degree in Economics. 

Recently, Dibeit visited a secondary school and literally took the stage to talk with a captive audience of young students (see picture). He reflected on his message in the following post that he shared on Facebook:

To treat or to prevent ?? I think it's better to put more efforts to prevent diseases rather than to treat them, because to prevent is simple and costs less and does not need much technology. But treatments are costly and sometimes can lead to permanent disabilities, loss of hope, side effects from medication. Prevention is much more effective; you can educate thousands of people within one hour and 80% of them are changed and saved.

This message is for all my friends on Facebook - I need you to support me by telling your neighborhood, friends, kids, and students to avoid practices like unsafe sexual behavior, smoking cigarettes, unsafe abortion, excessive alcohol drinking, peer pressure, and drug abuse since all of these can danger their health status and destroy their future.

I'm focus on the young generation who have more time to change the world and pursue their destinations. (I'm happy and I'm doing that every day.) I hope more than 80% of my friends on Facebook are going to support me.

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A New Cohort of University Students

This year, four of our students completed Form 6 (High School) and recently found out that they have been accepted to University!! Huge congratulations to Waridi, Simoni, George, and Ezra.

  • Waridi was accepted to Mbeya University of Science and Technology and plans to pursue a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, which is a 4-year program.
  • Simoni was accepted to the University of Dodoma and will pursue a BCS-MD – BS in Doctor of Medicine, which is a 5-year program.
  • George was also accepted to the University of Dodoma and will pursue a BA in Environmental Disaster Management, a 3-year program.
  • Ezra will attend Mpwapwa Teachers’ College with the goal of attaining a Diploma in Science, Mathematics and ICT to teach in secondary school – a 3-year program.

We especially need you now as we strive to raise the necessary funds to support our next cohort of higher education students! We are happy to report that Waridi, Simoni, and George have all received partial government support, which will cover most of their fees; however, there are many costs that they will each still incur – including registration fees (average $250 each), field placement fees, transportation and lodging.

Our students’ families will help as they can, but in keeping with our mission – we have always chosen to support those most in need in remote regions, which means our students’ families are poor subsistence farmers who basically grow crops and/or catch fish in quantities enough to feed their families and trade for basic necessities. Even an expense of $50 is an exceptional sacrifice for them. In December, we should know precisely what the exact fees for each young man will be. Stay tuned, and in the meantime – please consider making a donation so we have the funds for these university dreamers!

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Khadija – A New Business Owner

Another student from one of our earliest cohorts of students is Khadija. Khadija is the daughter of former Mgaraganza Village Chief, Bitata. Her brother Ashahadu and sister-in-law Janny have been generous hosts to Lucas, me and several of our volunteers and guests over the years. It makes all of us very happy and proud to see Khadija in her newest role as an entrepreneur. With the support of Project Wezesha donors, Khadija was able to complete secondary school and then attend vocational school to earn a certificate in clerical studies. She completed internships in offices in Kigoma and Kasulu. Then for three years she made a brave move to work in Muscat, Oman through a family connection.

She saved most of her salary and returned home to Kigoma last year with the capital she needed to launch her own business -- she fulfilled her dream of opening a stationary shop in Kigoma town (see picture). She sells office and school supplies and has a copy machine that allows her to offer much needed copy, fax, and scanning services to hundreds of citizens in Kigoma. Fortunately for Khadija, she married a young professional man who stands by her choice to continue working.

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Rabia – A Tailor in the Making

Another long-time student with Project Wezesha is Rabia. She is now sponsored through Girls Education International, however she joined our program years ago as a Form 1 secondary school student. We supported Rabia through secondary school and she had the opportunity to attend several of our academic study camps. After completing Form 4, Rabia chose to take a long course in tailoring at the Vocational Training and Education Authority (VETA). At VETA, she studies a number of courses including English for engineering, engineering science, math, life skills, technical drawing, entrepreneurship, theory, and a tailoring practicum. She is excelling in her math, theory, life skills and practicum courses. Engineering science and English are challenging for her. Nonetheless, her skills are progressing and we can’t wait to learn about her professional future path! (See pictures of Rabia and some of the items she has sewn.)

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You are the key to their success and we need you now more than ever!

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With sincere gratitude, 

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-Founders, Project Wezesha
www.projectwezesha.org

Saidi - young man, future banker
Saidi - young man, future banker
Rabia shows off a shirt she made
Rabia shows off a shirt she made
Rabia in action as a tailor
Rabia in action as a tailor
Khadija -- A young entrepreneur in her new shop
Khadija -- A young entrepreneur in her new shop
Dibeit (right) and a friend -- Support is Key!
Dibeit (right) and a friend -- Support is Key!
Tumsifu visits Dibeit's Grandma in Kiganza Village
Tumsifu visits Dibeit's Grandma in Kiganza Village
 
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