Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania

by Jifundishe
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania
Support This Unique Free Library in Rural Tanzania

Giftiana, 20 years old 

 Giftiana was born with a dream to be her own boss one day, to create something of her own. Being the 2nd born in a low-income family of 4 siblings, she has watched both her parents struggle with their own small-scale business ventures just to put food on the table.

 Her community in Maruvango village Arumeru District didn’t and still doesn’t have much to offer for a girl that is creative and passionate about her dreams. After primary school, she was selected to join a ward secondary school then later transferred to a boarding school in a nearby district. 

 Her determination to work harder towards her dream of being a fashion designer in a big city increased because she didn’t have to worry about walking home miles away from school as before. Despite having supportive parents, Giftiana’s journey at school was not as smooth as she had hoped. Half the time she couldn’t be at school because her parents had not paid the required contributions. Out of desperation while at home she would either spend time with local tailors watching their work for inspiration or hang out with her village friends.

 Then before she was able to go back to school, her dream pathway was shuttered - she got pregnant. She lost all hope but her parents gave her the strength to keep looking forward. She now has a baby girl.

 Through neighbors and friends, she was introduced to Jifundishe Organization and was selected to receive a scholarship to take a 12months tailoring course. Her mother volunteered to stay with her baby girl while Giftiana goes to a nearby boarding vocational training center. Now she is ready to do anything for her dream and her baby.

She is happy to be back on track towards her dream. Her goal is to start her own fashion shop in a big city where she will put all her imaginations and hard work to inspire the women fashion industry. My guess, is that she’ll call her shop ‘Gracious Designs’; because that’s the name she gave her daughter.

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Witness, 22 years

 “Seven years ago, my future was vague”

 Witness is the 4th born in a family of 6 siblings. She has spent most of her life in the custody of her uncle because her father wasn’t and still isn’t in her life since she was a little girl. Her mother couldn’t take care of 6 children on her own either. Despite the fact that Witness aced in all subjects at a local primary school that she joined in Ngordoto Village, Arusha Tanzania; life was tough and her dream pathway was murky. Growing up in a house with 10 children; sharing a plate of merger food and beddings was not the life Witness had hoped for when she started staying with her uncle.

After days of long-distance walking to and from school, she sat for her standard 7 primary school national exam in 2015 and passed with Grade B. She was selected to join a local secondary school. You would expect any child to be happy with this kind of results – but Witness was in a state of ambivalence because she was never sure if she would receive any support from family to join secondary school education.

 Her primary school headmaster introduced her to the Houston Scholarship Fund at Jifundishe Organization. She immediately applied and got selected. Because of the potential Jifundishe saw in Witness, she was sent to SEGA Girls’ Secondary School in 2016. SEGA is a girls secondary boarding school with extensive extracurricular activities - located in Morogoro Region (Eastern part of Tanzania). At SEGA, Witness did very well in science subjects and mathematics. She also learned incredible computer skills and got involved in the school’s entrepreneurship program. Through this program, she learned entrepreneurship and hospitality skills through theoretical and practical lessons, worked in the school’s poultry project and took sewing lesson after class hours. She also participated in an intensive 2-week training in business planning and technical skills training in sewing, dying batic fabric, soap-making and baking/decorating cakes. In December 2017, Witness travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to represent SEGA at a 1-week annual East African Girls’ Leadership Summit. She was selected because of her drive to be a leader, her excellent behavior, academic performance and because she is a positive role model for others.

 In 2019, Witness graduated at SEGA after her Form 4 National Examination which she passed with a strong Division I of 11points. She had applied for a scholarship with the United African Foundation Organization and was among the 12 girls selected out of 30 applicants. Witness joined Tabora Girls Secondary School for advanced level education majoring in one of the toughest science combinations - PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)

 Witness is currently volunteering at Jifundishe Free Library while waiting for her Form 6 national examination results to apply for University. She wants to pursue software engineering. With her excellent background in science and mathematics, she spends her time at the Jifundishe Library assisting students in the Independent Study program with subject matters and tips on how to study and tackle exam questions.

 Witness says, “Seven years ago, my future was vague. But all the experiences in the past 6 years at SEGA, Tabora Girls and at Jifundishe; I feel more confident as a girl, more informed and self-aware and most importantly, my dream and carrier pathway is crystal clear. Nothing can stop me”. “Thanks to Jifundishe Organization for picking me up after I completed my primary education and lightening my financial burden which helped me focus more on studies and personal development. I am inspired to want to help others and give back to my community”

On behalf of Witness's family, Jifundishe is grateful to all donors that make it possible for girls like Witness to realize their potential through the Houston Scholarship Fund.

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It’s a new year and our programs just started. We successfully managed to recruit new students in our Independent Study program for 2022. They all went through an orientation course in February and started classes. This year came with a lot of new beneficiaries and each and every one has a unique story to tell on how they are delighted to have an opportunity to achieve their educational goals.

Meet Anna, she is 18 years old. She is the second born child in a family of three siblings. She lives with her mother in Kikwe and depends on her for everything. Anna went to Patandi Primary School which is far from home so she had to live with her Aunt. Her mother sent her away from due to family misunderstanding between her mother and drunkard father. She graduated primary education in 2017, where she was selected to join Akheri secondary school. She was only able to study for two years and In the middle of her exams she found out that she was pregnant. She managed to finish all her exams without being expelled.

 The results came out and Anna performed really well but due to her pregnancy she was not allowed to return to school. She gave birth to a baby boy. With an additional family member, her mothers income couldn’t meet all their needs. Anna had to look for a job to take care of her baby and her family. She worked in a small restaurant which allowed her to bring her baby. It was really challenging for her and her family.

Luckily Anna heard about the Jifundishe Free Library and the Independent Study program that is anchored there. She asked to join the program with the support of her step sister who really wishes her to complete her education journey. With the support of Jifundishe, Anna enrolled to the Qualifying Test program to start her secondary school education as a private candidate where she will be able to re-do her national examinations and transition to another level until University. She is grateful for Jifundishe and the support it is providing to ensure her success. She wants to be a soldier to serve her community and her family.

Anna is determined, focused and working hard to accomplish her education goals.   

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Meet Winnie, she is 12 years old. She completed her primary level education at Imbaseni Primary School. She joined our Primary School English Tuition Program in September 2021. Winnie says, “I like this program, I am being taught a few important subjects that will help me in secondary school.” Winnie has improved her English, she can now read and write in English and read books from the E-readers on her own. She heard about the program from her teachers and fellow graduates. The primary program this year included other training which aimed at preparing all the beneficiaries to join secondary school. They are taught Mathematics, English, and technology through E-readers. These are the major and basic subjects that when a student understands, it becomes easier to learn all the secondary school subjects. We successfully trained the students on reproductive health topics. Since most of them are at the adolescent age, body changes and growth are expected to occur. They were taught things such as:

  • Puberty
  • Menstrual Hygiene
  • Uses of Sanitary towels
  • Boys (Body cleanness).

We also included a topic on Climate and environmental issues to ensure that they understand the importance of keeping the environment clean while at Jifundishe, at home, and in their schools. Thus, they were taught things such as:

  • Environment and its components
  • Environment conservation and preservation.
  • Techniques for environment preservation.

All the primary school students understand the importance of taking care of their environment and have practiced planting trees around Jifundishe. They have also participated in debates about crosscutting issues in our country. This has helped them improve in spelling English words. They have watched different educational films and played educational games and all these activities have helped broaden their knowledge in different things and enabled us to maintain attendance and retention rates since the beginning of the program to date.

Generally, The Primary School English Tuition Program this year has been a success for the beneficiaries and Jifundishe. We thank all our donors for their contribution which led to the success of programs operating at Jifundishe Free Library.

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Meet Nina. J.K she is 26 years old. She was born in Arumeru district, she is the firstborn in her family. Her mother and father never lived together and she was left by both her parents to be raised by her grandmother to date. And when she started primary school she asked for her father, her grandmother told her he had died. She was enrolled in school by her grandmother at Mikuuni Primary School and finished primary school in 2009, where she was then selected to join secondary education at Malula secondary school in King’ori village. Due to financial challenges, Ninael dropped out of school in 2011 after doing her form two examination and stayed at home for one year helping her grandmother by doing some cheap labor in the village to earn a small income for food and necessary needs such as cloth, shoes etc. In 2013 Ninael tried to sit for the secondary school national examination as a private candidate but did not succeed because she lacked studying resources and she stayed home again for 2 years, until when she heard about Jifundishe from a political campaign in the village. She was excited about the services offered at Jifundishe and her lost hope about a bright future was back to light again. Nina joined Jifundishe in 2016 as a qualifying test (QT) student to start studying again informally. She sat for her exams repeatedly for 5 years and now she has completed Advanced level secondary education in May 2021. The result came out the first week of July 2021, she did very well. Nina is thankful to Jifundishe. She participated in different youth campaigns and capacity buildings that involved other youth from Jifundishe partners she now has a broad knowledge on cross-cutting issues, sustainable development goals, and gender issues at the national and international levels.

Nina scores division two in her exams,  she is getting ready to join university to study Bachelor of Education.

“I appreciate the programs offered at Jifundishe because they helped achieve my educational goals and life in general. GODBLESS JIFUNDISHE”, said Nina

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Jifundishe

Location: Usa River - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Anande Mirisho
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Usa River, Tanzania, United Republic of
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