Mar 16, 2012

March 2012 Girls Ed Liberia Project Update

Thank you all for your continued support!  We are excited to report that Veronica, the nursing student we have sponsored through your donations, passed her entrance exams and has begun her studies at Smythe College of Nursing in Monrovia this semester!  A Girls Education representative recently met with Veronica and reports, "[She is] a very bright woman with much promise."  We are extremely excited to have had the opportunity, with your assistance, to further Veronica's potential and will continue to share with you her progress as she continues her education.

Your support has also enabled us to fund the second semester of this academic year for the remaining 37 girls attending secondary school.  We hope to be able to provide the necessary resources to get each of these girls to the end of at least their secondary education.

Our representative has just begun her visit to Liberia and we look forward to further updates from her that we can share with you on the incredible impact your generosity has had.

Thank you!

Mar 12, 2012

March 2012 Tanzania Scholarship Program Update

Scholarship Students and co-founder, Lucas Lameck
Scholarship Students and co-founder, Lucas Lameck

Greetings supporters of Project Wezesha - a partner of Girls Education International!

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed in the past year to support our secondary school students in Western Tanzania. This year was an exciting year! Four of our students graduated from secondary school in October! We invite you to join us in celebrating with Hindu, Edina, Khadija and Silvesia on this wonderful accomplishment!

Many girls in this region don't have the opportunity to attend secondary school - let alone graduate and explore further opportunities supported by their education! All four of these young women are eagerly awaiting July when co-founders Lucas and Rai will enroll them at the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA). In this program, they will be able to study from a range of fields, including computer science, business management and tailoring. We look forward to sharing their stories in the future.

The rest of the students are working hard to maintain good grades, even when faced with the challenge of inadequate resources and class sizes ranging from 60-90 students per teacher. They know that it requires more motivation and investment on their part. Each of them has big dreams and we hope to see them all graduate and move on to the next level - VETA or high school - so that they can become productive contributors to their local (and global) communities.

We recently received some exciting news! We were selected by Authentic Fashion Resistance (AFR), a clothing company dedicated to providing support to children in various parts of Africa. The founder discovered Project Wezesha online. After a few conversations to make sure our values and approach to empowerment and development aligned, Project Wezesha was selected as the first partner for the Amani Hope Scholarship Fund. Through this alliance, AFR will provide support to add an additional 5 students to our scholarship program. The final selection will be made this summer and these student will be supported through Project Wezesha as part of the Amani Hope Scholarship Fund. We're excited to announce who has been selected in July! In addition to these students, Project Wezesha hopes to add additional students to bring our total up to 20 students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Thank you so much for all of your contributions and support. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word!

Asante,

Team Project Wezesha
Lucas Lameck and Rai Farrelly

Khadija and Edina - 2 of our Graduates with Rai
Khadija and Edina - 2 of our Graduates with Rai
Hindu - A Proud Graduate
Hindu - A Proud Graduate
Silvesia - A Proud Graduate
Silvesia - A Proud Graduate

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Mar 12, 2012

March 2012 Amahoro Secondary School Update

Amahoro Secondary School Roof in Progress
Amahoro Secondary School Roof in Progress

Greetings Supporters of Project Wezesha - a partner of Girls Education International!

Thank you (Asante!) for your fabulous support over the past year. It has been an exciting year and we are looking forward to a productive 2012!

In 2011, Project Wezesha hosted the first annual Raise the Roof fundraiser. The objective was to raise enough funds to put roofs on our first block of classrooms at the school. With 6 music artists donating their talent, a local venue donating space, several local businesses donating items for the auction and raffle and of course numerous volunteers donating their time - we were able to not only have a blast but raise over $4,000! With those funds, we did 'raise the roof' on our first 4 classrooms and 2 offices.

Since then, the structural foundation for the next four classrooms has been established and the bricks are going up slowly but surely. We are waiting for the end of the rainy season and another surge of funds and then we are back in business!

Last year, I sat with Hindu and Saidi - two of our scholarship students - and we discussed the state of secondary education in the area. It was a depressing conversation in some regards because these bright youngsters were critically reflecting on some of the more unpleasant realities of rural education - oversized classes, absence of textbooks and disengaged, underpaid teachers. However, I also found this conversation to be insightful and therefore hopeful. They were able to articulate their thoughts in English, a language not many speak well in the village (other than teachers and some older students). Their awareness of the situation showed me that they will also be able to problematize challenges in their community and approach them with an eye for solutions. (See our conversation through the video link below: Hindu and Saidi discuss education in Tanzania.)

One hopeful development of this conversation is a growing interest within Project Wezesha to seek out partnerships with teacher education programs in Tanzania. We want to identify ways to strengthen the teaching force in the village. This summer, we aim to invite teacher trainers into the village to provide professional development trainings and incentives. As a teacher educator, I am invested in the notion that much of student success hinges on the effectiveness of the teachers. I'm looking forward to exploring this issue at lenght this summer and I'm grateful to Hindu and Saidi for keeping it real.

Another exciting development for Project Wezesha is that we will have our first intern this year! A bright Colby College student will be going to Tanzania this summer to live with one of our close community friends in Mgaraganza Village. Katy and I have begun to develop a plan of action for her time in the village. With Katy's help, we will collect interviews from community members related to Project Wezesha's work, we will explore the deeper desires of the village leaders related to their community development plan and we will endeavor to increase teacher development and engagement in the local primary school. Katy is also excited to spend time teaching English at Mgaraganza Primary School.

Please, feel free to let us know what you think about the work we are doing! We invite feedback and welcome continued support through tax deductible contributions and spreading the word. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Asante Sana!

Team Project Wezesha
Lucas Lameck & Rai Farrelly

Amahoro Secondary School Roofs
Amahoro Secondary School Roofs
Salima and Uzia - neighbors of Amahoro School
Salima and Uzia - neighbors of Amahoro School

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