Mar 1, 2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Dear Girls Education International supporters,

When Billy Collin, an American poet, said "If ever there were a spring day so perfect...", he must have been talking about March 8th - International Womens Day. This day we celebrate women that have changed the world through their inventions and art, women who have faught and who have asked for peace, women who have taught us in public and in the privacy of our homes, how to live and love. We celebrate all of us among them that are fortunate to have a voice and all the others that still strugle daily to stand on an equal ground with their brothers, fathers and sons. 

Our project is simple. We give access to education to 60 young women in remote villages of Pakistan to attend school by providing them with basic trasnportaiton, which literally determines their ability or inability to continue learning which direclty impacts their future and all of ours consequently.

This month your support will by matched 50% by Safer World Fund Matching Campaign in the honour of Women's Day. Please take this opportunity to continue making the difference in the lives of those young women and while you are at it, honour yourself (or the loved ones) and other beautiful women in your lives!

Happy March 8th and thank you for your continuous support.

Mar 1, 2019

Project Wezesha February 2019 Update

Dibeit retrieving medical supplies
Dibeit retrieving medical supplies

Greetings Project Wezesha Supporters,

Lots of news to share in this report!

Our Star Med Student

To start, here’s a note from our student, Dibeit who is in his second year of Medical School (See pictures of Dibeit in his field placements, with his classmates.)

I was providing health education at Simbega Secondary School in Iyula Village together with a team from our college. We were teaching the effects of early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS to teenage students. It was a good program, and the headmaster and teachers were very happy -- and students, too! One of the girl students stood at assembly after our program and said, “Thanks for education, thanks for visiting us; we promise we will practice because we need our dreams become true.” I was very happy to hear that from a Form 2 student. She motivated us to continue our program with other schools and villagers. 

Supporting Kiza -- On the Path to Becoming a Teacher

We were also happy to reconnect with our student Kiza who completed secondary school in 2016. She didn’t pass the national exams in 2016, but her father supported her to continue her education, to keep working toward her goals. She ultimately passed her examinations and was accepted into Teacher’s College. The story is not straightforward (read it in her words here), but it ends well! Girls Education International is adding Kiza to the list of young women supported through the post-secondary education campaign! We’re thrilled that Kiza will reach her goal, to be a teacher – inspired by the support her mother gave her in primary school.

December in Tanzania

In December, we had an amazing trip to Tanzania. Executive Director Rai Farrelly with friends and long time Project Wezesha supporters, Patsy, Katia and Shelly spent time with Lucas, Madaga and our students in Kigoma. We celebrated Christmas with our Study Camp students at Gordon’s Beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner, made with love by Lucas’ wife. We also visited children Rai supports at a local children’s home.

Patsy, Shelly and all donors were celebrated in a huge festival with dinner, sodas, a dj, dancing, skits, and speeches. Find attached the heartfelt speech that Madaga delivered! 

We conducted interviews with our students and will be sharing those videos in coming months as we edit the footage. 

Success on National Exams -- Time for High School!

Hamisi and Mayani were two of our recent Form 4 graduates who took their national exams in November. We just received word in February that they both passed the exams and will be admitted to high school. They both want to pursue a medical path, so they will study with a CBG concentration (Chemistry, Biology, Geography).

In addition to these young men, the following young women supported by Girls Ed and Project Wezesha passed their national exams! We couldn’t be more proud because we know their success is due to their efforts, their family’s support, the work of teachers in our study camps, and the relentless dedication of Lucas and Madaga to ensure they excel! Congratulations to all of you!

Hekima, Adija, Sania, Remence, Mariselina, Sajida, Sarafina, Saidati, Furaha, Secilia, & Bernadeta

Asante Sana & Thank You Very Much

We’ll share more updates in our next report, including the status of our other scholarship students in higher education -- Tumsifu, Saidi, and Mahamudu -- who remain dedicated to their studies and grateful for all the support!

Much gratitude to our supporters for continuing to invest in these students. The ripple effect here is undeniable! We even had two students (Diana and Sospeter) tell us that they want to sponsor a student in our program as a way of saying thank you for the support they received.  

To ensure we can continue to have an impact and reach even more amitious young people, consider donating today to Educate Children in Western Tanzania! (Click 'Give Now' button below.) Share our updates and campaign with friends (sharing buttons below), consider hosting your own fundraiser, or launch a students for students initiative at a local school and see what they can do! 

Again, asante sana! 

Sincerely,
Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-Founders, Project Wezesha

Dibeit with classmates at their Field Placement
Dibeit with classmates at their Field Placement
Rai, Lucas, Madaga and the campers
Rai, Lucas, Madaga and the campers
Furaha_Future Nurse!
Furaha_Future Nurse!
Bubbles with Lucas and Hawa
Bubbles with Lucas and Hawa
Christmas Celebration with Campers at Gordon Beach
Christmas Celebration with Campers at Gordon Beach
Lucas and Madaga serving at the feast
Lucas and Madaga serving at the feast

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Jan 28, 2019

December 2018 Study Camp Report

Study Camp Grads
Study Camp Grads

Dear Girls Ed and Project Wezesha Supporters,

We're happy to bring you an update on our recent December study camp. It was such a pleasure to be part of it with my friends and Girls Ed supporters, Shelly (from Utah) and Patsy & Katia (from Minnesota).

Many of you contributed to this cause because you are friends, family or fans of the amazing Patsy! We are so grateful to Patsy for her fundraising efforts leading up to this camp. Because so many of you responded to her invitation, this entire camp was fully funded.

It was a small measure of gratitude to be able to share several Tanzanian experiences with her on this trip. Patsy has been supporting our work for years and it was profoundly meaningful to introduce her and her daughter Katia to our students, friends and partners in Kigoma. As you might have guessed, everyone loved them so much! 

We were able to offer our signature rigorous study camp to a cohort of 12 students who are entering their final year of secondary school this month, as well as a group of 7 students who sought to continue improving their English for success in their teacher-education programs!

For this 4-week study camp, you contributed to the salaries of the 8 teachers (see photo) who taught daily to deliver content in the secondary students' core subjects, including History, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Physics, and Math. These teachers are regular teachers at our host school - Kichangachui Secondary School. They bring exceptional teaching methods and resources that our students don't often encounter in their village schools - such as science labs and textbooks.

During the camp, our students live on site in dorms -- thanks to you, we were able to cover Mama Amina's salary. She is on site all month as our cook and the matron who stays with the girls. They rely so much on her for their physical and emotional wellbeing. We also had a chance to visit the girls in their dorms, where they happy to give us a tour and show us their approach to making friendship bracelets.

We had a great Christmas celebration with a feast prepared by Mama Amina and some of the students, followed by a trip to the lake shore where students enjoyed soda (a special event drink) and dancing. We all had a blast! We also organized a special event to honor Patsy and Shelly for their contributions to Girls Ed and Project Wezesha over the years. There was an amazing feast again, plus speeches, songs, dance, and even a skit about the inequalities between girl and boy students.

Starting this month, 12 of these students begin Form 4 -- their last year of secondary school. They will participate in one final study camp in June and then take the national examinations that determine if they go on to high school in 2020. Evidence over the past 3 years during which we've offered study camps shows that these camps make all the difference for students attending under-resourced government schools in this region -- higher class rank, increased rates of success on national exams, higher likelihood of being admitted to high school, and improved English proficiency. Just this week, we received the results from our recent Form 4 grads' national exams. We are so delighted to see how many of our girls will be going on to high school!

Thank you for being part of this tremendous impact! We'd love to have your continued support. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and learn more about what we do in Tanzania and Pakistan on our website. Let your friends know about us and how they can support our work. 

You can contribute to this campaign in the coming months to help us fund our June 2019 camp. If you’d like to contribute in other ways, we’d love your support as we strive to cover the fees of our girls moving into post-secondary studies (e.g., high school, vocational school, certificate programs). Send us an email to find out more: info@girlsed.org.

Thank you so much for your support!

Sincerely,

Rai Farrelly
& the Girls Ed Team 

Study Camp Teachers
Study Camp Teachers
Honoring our Donors_Group Photo
Honoring our Donors_Group Photo
Christmas Celebration with Campers at Gordon Beach
Christmas Celebration with Campers at Gordon Beach
Rai and the Campers
Rai and the Campers

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