Help a Tanzanian Orphan Complete Primary School

by GLK Student Fund (Gayle Lyn Kliever Student Fund)
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AnnaGrace with new Atlas
AnnaGrace with new Atlas

AnnaGrace, our soon-to-be primary school graduate was number four in her class this term at Kibeta English Medium Primary School in Bukoba, Tanzania. She loves to study and is a diligent student.  She especially enjoys math.

AnnaGrace had a difficult childhood with her family disintegrating when she was very young; She sought refuge with her godfather to protect her life. In the years since these traumatic events, AnnaGrace has enjoyed a GLK scholarship which gave her a new academic home with quality care and protection.

We are happy to see AnnaGrace blossom over the years. She also developed a special friend in Austria through the GlobalGiving/GLK scholarship family; this friend offers her encouragement and perspective on life.

In May, we were able to purchase special books and study guides to help her prepare for the Standard Seven national exams which all prospective primary school graduates face in September (See photo with Atlas).

But we are also about fun, and AnnaGrace has not had enough of this in her life. GLK intern Philemon recently took her on a shopping trip to the border town of Mutukula and purchased some special dresses and shoes. She was thrilled and enjoyed her new look! AnnaGrace is growing up.

Thank you all who support us through GlobalGiving. Keep AnnaGrace, Editha, Eveline, ….. in your thoughts and prayers and give generously to their future.

Asante sana! Thank you!

AnnaGrace
AnnaGrace

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Editha Drawing with Pens from Gift
Editha Drawing with Pens from Gift

Dear GLK Student Supporters,

Thank you so much for your support of our scholarship student Editha. We are happy to report that she is thriving in her new school in Ntoma, away from the dangerous conditions in which she was previously situated. She is enjoying both studying and playing for the first times in her life. She recently went school-shopping with our intern, Philemon, to make sure she has everything she needs for school. Thank you again to Vera and Livia, their classmates and teacher, and Dar Reality Projects for their hard work in raising the funds to support Editha.

Another dedicated donor, Michelle, was drawn to Editha’s plight and has been writing her letters. She also put together a package of gifts and raised the funds to send it to Editha early this year.

Editha wrote back (through her guardian) that she wants to continually take her HIV medicine (at 7pm each evening) to make sure that she can continue playing and singing as usual. Her weight has also increased – a sign of better health. Because of your support, we were able to transition Editha to an environment where she can receive the healthcare and safety she desperately needs.

To expand on supporting female scholarship students like Editha, the GLK Student Fund is excited to announce its latest microproject, "Empowering Young Girls and Women in Tanzania." Through this project, the GLK Student Fund aims to mentor young girls and provide a safe space to discuss common obstacles female students in Tanzania face on their path to graduation and in life in general. Through the guidance of a female Tanzanian lawyer who has experienced the unique challenges to purusing an education in Tanzania, these girls will be able to have the confidence and the tools to navigate their educational careers.

Please consider donating today.

Editha
Editha's First Day of School

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Editha - First Day of School
Editha - First Day of School

As we begin the New Year, the GLK Student Fund is happy to announce two new scholarship recipients: Editha and Eveline.

Editha has just started preschool in the village of Ntoma today.  She was previously living in an abusive home in a dangerous situation. Fortunately, Editha had caring neighbors who noticed what was happening and safely extracted her from the home under the authority of the village elders. They also contacted a trustee of the GLK Student Fund to share Editha's story and request scholarship help. 

Editha is happy to be in a school where she can learn and grow with little worry. She even started off her school year with an Obama backpack! Since living in a safe environment, her health has also improved greatly. When she left her home she only weighed 15 kg, and now is at a much healthier weight of 22 kg.

Thank you again to the students of École à Champel and all of those who generously supported the initiative for Editha.

(News on Eveline soon)

Editha learning to write
Editha learning to write
Editha
Editha

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Livia and Vera
Livia and Vera

A few years ago when GLK Student Fund first accepted the GlobalGiving challenge, we did so in the hope that Global Giving would help us reach beyond our scope and connect to others who may not be aware of our great work.

Happily, this partnership has connected us to some great new donors and benefitted us immensely. Recently, GlobalGiving helped us connect with a group of children, teachers and friends of Tanzania in Switzerland who raised over $5,000 to send a young girl to school in Tanzania. 

This initiative began when two young school girls from Switzerland, Livia and Vera, were motivated to help students in Tanzania. Encouraged by their teacher, Nicholas, they organized a read-a-thon with their classmates in which students were sponsored based on the number pages read in two weeks.  At the end of the two weeks, the students were invited to a dance party where the funds were counted.  The results were extraordinary! (We only wish we were at that party.)  Dar Reality Projects donated an additional CHF 1,000 to the project.  A real success!

The girls, with help from their mothers and recommendations by GlobalGiving, chose our project as the best fit for their donation.  At the same time, GLK Student Fund was evaluating a new scholarship candidate, Editha. Because of the GlobalGiving connection, we will be sending Editha to school.

Editha is eight years old and was previously living with her father and step-mother after her mother passed away. In Tanzania, it is not uncommon for step-parents to take advantage of their step-children. While Editha's half-siblings went to school, Editha was forced to stay at home and do difficult household chores in return for food, meanwhile enduring physical and verbal abuse from her step-mother. Fortunately, a neighbor noticed what was going on and managed to gain custody of Editha (with the assistance of the village elders and permission of her father). Soon, she was on our trustees' radar and the GLK Student Fund worked to quickly find Editha a placement at a boarding school.

The GLK Student Fund is pleased to report that thanks to the generosity of our friends in Switzerland, Editha is safe, secure, and finally going to school. 

Thank you Livia, Vera, Teacher Nicholas and the students of École à Champel, Sia, Céline, Angelique, and the Dar Reality Projects. 

Student Fundraisers
Student Fundraisers
Editha
Editha
Kelly and Suzan
Kelly and Suzan

On June 26th, one of Global Giving's in-the-field represenatives, Kelly Kurz came to visit the GLK Student Fund to meet with trustees, Tanzanian volunteers, and, of course, our students. Hosted by Joyce Lwakatare and Philemon Johannes, Kelly said that "he loved meeting the students." When Kelly arrived, he traveled with Joyce and Philemon to visit KEMPS, the school where Gayle Kliever taught for many years and a school where a number of scholarship students attend.

Kelly also visited another school, KADBEMPS, where one of our scholarship students, Suzan is a primary school student at KADBEMPS. During his visit, Kelly had the opportunity to speak with Suzan and her mother to learn more about her experiences at school.

He also had the opportunity to meet Anagrace, another one of our scholarship students to talk about her schooling and her experience with the GLK Student Fund.

Overall, the visit seems to be positive for all parties. The GLK Student Fund has loved the partnership and support Global Giving has offered us and our students and we look forward to more collaboration in the future!

Ines
Ines's Mother, Ines, Joyce
Kelly and Suzan in School Office
Kelly and Suzan in School Office
Kelly Kurz from GlobalGiving
Kelly Kurz from GlobalGiving

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GLK Student Fund (Gayle Lyn Kliever Student Fund)

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.glkstudentfund.com
Project Leader:
Gayle Kliever
Big Pine, CA Tanzania, United Republic of
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