Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School

by GLK Student Fund (Gayle Lyn Kliever Student Fund)
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School
Aaron (middle) with friends Sarah and Neema
Aaron (middle) with friends Sarah and Neema

 

Aaron was born in Bukoba,Tanzania in 2014 as the fifth child of his mother Serestina who became a widow in 2015. Since her husband's death, Serestina has been struggling to raise her five children alone.  She does not have permanent work but sometimes works on other people's farms with a daily pay of Tsh 3,000 (about USD 1.30). 

When we met Aaron in 2020, he and his two close friends, Neema and Sarah, had not yet been to any formal school.  The children seemed bright and able to learn, but they were not in school at all, and the families needed to secure the basic necessities of life before they could focus the goal of school.

We were able to get the trio of friends set up at a well-respected primary school and even paid for them to board there so that they could live in an environment - complete with regular meals and safe living quarters - that was conducive to learning. The three friends were so happy to be at a good school that they have been working hard and encouraging each other to do well in their classes.  Aaron received 'A's in most of his subjects this last year - including in math and reading.

Thank you for helping us to support deserving students like Aaron. 

Aaron in 2019
Aaron in 2019

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Junior and his mother meeting with GLK Trustees
Junior and his mother meeting with GLK Trustees

One of our students who is supported by our GlobalGiving donors is Junior. The GLK Student Fund first learned about Junior shortly after his family was struck with an almost unbelieveable double tragedy. On the same day that Junior and his siblings lost their father in a car accident, his family also lost their home as the result of an earthquake in Bukoba.

Junior's mother contacted members of the GLK Student Fund and asked for help to keep him in school while she also dealt with supporting his other siblings. After speaking with Junior and his mother, the fund agreed to help him with tuition and food support at Lake View Primary School. On a visit in 2017, Gayle and Jessica (from USA) met with Junior and his mother on Lake Victoria to learn more about their family's situation. 

The GLK Student Fund has supported Junior from standard three to standard seven which completes primary school. All reports we've received from his teachers whenever the GLK Student Fund staff have visited Lake View were always overwhelmingly positive.  He also submits his reports for each term to the GLK trustees and field representative.

This year, Junior graduates from Lake View Primary School. He has taken his national exams and is awaiting the results. We recently received a letter from Junior to "Dear GlobalGiving Donors" expressing his gratitude and his plans post-graduation. He hopes to immediately move onto his secondary-level of education. In the more distant future, Junior wants to become a teacher. Using his teacher salary, he hopes to demonstrate his gratitude to his donors by paying it forward and supporting the next generation of scholars in Tanzania with education.

Thank you again for your contributions and support. With your partnership, we can continue to support students like Junior.

Junior in 2017, around the time we started support
Junior in 2017, around the time we started support
Junior in School Uniform
Junior in School Uniform

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Stavian
Stavian

 

This update is somewhat personal for me as it is about a student that I sponsored through a monthly donation. The GLK Student Fund began supporting Stavian when he was at Ilyuha Secondary School. When he first came to us, his family was struggling to support him with limited resources and asked for help from the scholarship fund.

Years later and Stavian has now graduated from Form 4, the initial levels of secondary school.  He will be moving forward to the next stage in his education which is Form 5 and 6 as he passed his national exams and was awarded a study placement by the government.  This placement is a great honor. Stavian will be attending a school in Ngara and focusing on History, Geography, and Kiswahili as his main areas of study.

This year, the GLK Student Fund had four secondary school graduates who were awarded government placements for higher studies.  Although this GlobalGiving project is aimed toward supporting primary school students, two of these four graduates, Alex and AnnaGrace, were originally part of this project.  We thought you would want to hear the good news of their success. We hope you will appreciate hearing about how we continue to support our students, even after they complete primary school.

Congratulations to Alex who will be joining Ihungo High School in Bukoba, majoring in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. AnnaGrace will be focusing on the same subjects, but at a different school in Biharamulo.  Wivina will be majoring in Economics, Geography and Math - joining Stavian in Ngara.

We are so excited for all of our students moving on to Form 5! 

Wivina with Jessica, Headteacher, and Gayle
Wivina with Jessica, Headteacher, and Gayle
AnnaGrace and Alex with Trustee Judith (center)
AnnaGrace and Alex with Trustee Judith (center)

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Suzan
Suzan

The GLK Student Fund is excited to announce its latest graduate, Suzan! She has just graduated from primary school at Karume Day and Boarding English Medium Primary School. Certainly not an easy feat given the current Covid environment. Looking at the Suzan's report card, you can tell that the pandemic did not slow her down at all. Her teachers covered her report card with comments like "Excellent", and "Very Good".

Though she was unable to have a typical in-person ceremony rife with student performances, and celebratory hugs, we wanted to be certain that we can celebrate Suzan's accomplishments. Her next step is to attend Iluhya Secondary School. We are excited for her to attend this school as their head teacher has used his deft leadership skills over the past few years to make continual improvements and establish Illuhya Secondary as one of the best schools in the region.

We hope that you'll join us in celebrating Suzan by contributing to our fund so that many other young Tanzanians can enjoy the same academic successes as her.

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Ines Graduates from Primary School
Ines Graduates from Primary School

Ines Graduates from Primary School

Ines came to us highly recommended in 2014. Her father had died in a traffic accident the prior year and her mother, Theonestina, was struggling to support both Ines and her brother Freddie. Ines was attending a government school that was not meeting her needs in any way. Theonestina worked - and still works - diligently at a crossroads kiosk selling shoes, sheets, food staples, and other useful items to the community. On each trip to Tanzania, we make sure to go shopping there.

In 2014, we arranged for Ines to attend Kibeta English Medium Primary School near where the family lives and works. Because Ines was able to live at home, walking to school as opposed to boarding there, her education was a true value.

Ines has matured a lot during the last seven years, but she remains the quiet, polite, and diligent student we got to know in 2014. Her mother has also proved to be a faithful and industrious single parent to her children.

GlobalGiving has been the sponsor for Ines through these seven years of primary school. Congratulations to Ines and thank you to all who have donated over the years.

Ines and Gayle 2014
Ines and Gayle 2014
Ines with mother and brother at work 2014
Ines with mother and brother at work 2014
Ines at work 2020
Ines at work 2020
Ines - 2016
Ines - 2016
Ines - 2020
Ines - 2020
Ines and her mother at graduation
Ines and her mother at graduation

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