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
Joyce and Gayle Visit Scholarship Students
Joyce and Gayle Visit Scholarship Students

The last time US-based GLK representatives visited Tanzania was at the very onset of the Covid pandemic.  We left New York City on March 12th, 2020 and - after a lovely time together in Tanzania - returned to the US and a different world on March 23rd. 

During the two plus years since that time, so much has happened: the number of our students has increased, the volunteers have worked so hard to continue supporting our students, we are feeling the loss of our trustee, Samson, who passed away (see below), a parent/guardian meeting was held to help our scholar families become better informed and to help them work together, we added a new trustee (more later), and we celebrated many graduations.

Gayle was very happy to return to Tanzania on June 8th of this year.  After being away for over two years, it was a wonderful homecoming trip full of hard work, friends, children, parents, schools, and the beautiful countryside on the shore of Lake Victoria and in Karagwe district. The needs of our current students and of scholarship candidates were carefully discussed. After two years away, Gayle was grateful to work together side-by-side with other trustees to make significant progress.

We are all appreciative for the journey between the continents and hoping that we do not have to wait so long until the next visit!

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Samson Mbelwa Lugaisa
1944 - 2022

Our trusted friend, founding GLK trustee and beloved chairperson, Samson Mbelwa Lugaisa passed away on January 17, 2022.Samson was instrumental in the founding of the GLK Student Trust in Tanzania and in supporting and motivating its scholars with good advice.  He was a strong role model for our students. His presence and advice were also highly valued by the GLK scholarship fund trustees and associates.

Mr. Lugaisa led a life of honesty, transparency, and responsibility. He earned the respect of his community and church.  He was a trustworthy friend and colleague.  He will be missed.

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Arnold with New Candidates
Arnold with New Candidates
Gayle with Scholarship Students
Gayle with Scholarship Students
Samson Mbelwa Lugaisa
Samson Mbelwa Lugaisa

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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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