Life-Changing Training for 500 African girls

by AfricAid, Inc.
Kisa Scholars Teach Road Safety
Kisa Scholars Teach Road Safety

The 2 Day Challenge is a new Kisa Project program. It is a practicum that allows Kisa Scholars to implement community service projects in their home communities. It integrates units from the Kisa Curriculum on project planning and management, budgeting, leadership and entrepreneurship.

2 Day Challenge projects are real-world projects carried out by Year Two Kisa Scholars. Projects emerge from the community assessments that Scholars undertake in Year One.  Scholars work in small groups and are supported to implement a discrete community intervention, over a two day period, in partnership with a local community.

Kisa Scholars from Moringe Sokoine Secondary School recently carried out three community projects: an awareness campaign among Maasai women about the effects of polygamy; a malaria prevention campaign in conjunction with a local hospital; and road safety education for primary school children.

Across the board we found that communities welcomed and were grateful for the support offered to them by Kisa Scholars. We received lots of positive feedback and are extremely proud of the professional manner in which Kisa Scholars conducted themselves. We have some very impressive leaders in the making!

We’d like to extend our thanks to all our Global Giving donors for contributing to the Kisa Project. We hope you enjoy the photos.

Listening attentively
Listening attentively
Enjoying learning
Enjoying learning
Scholars explain malaria
Scholars explain malaria
Discussing the use of bed nets
Discussing the use of bed nets
Learning About Healthy Relationships
Learning About Healthy Relationships

AfricAid’s Career Day women’s leadership conference is one of the premier events on the Kisa calendar, and a key component of the Project. Held annually, it is aimed at current Kisa Scholars as well as Kisa Alumni. Scholars from Kisa Partner Schools attend, along with their School Liaisons. The event is also attended by AfricAid staff, Board Members, and invited guests. Every second year Career Day takes the form of an overnight event, allowing for a more comprehensive program.

AfricAid organizes and provides transport, accommodation (for overnight events), meals, guest speakers, small group leaders, and venue hire. Participants also receive a t-shirt, notebook and pen, all of which are highly valued by Scholars!

In 2015 Career Day took place from the 28th to 29th of August at Tumaini University (Makumira), just outside of Arusha. There were a massive 800 participants in total!

Scholars arrived by bus from their respective schools on the afternoon of the 28th and settled in to their dormitories. That evening, they heard from adolescent relationship expert Dr. Chris Mauki, before having the opportunity to showcase their singing, dancing and other abilities to each other in a talent contest.

The next morning, participants heard the personal stories of three inspirational Tanzanian women, who spoke to the packed auditorium of girls about their own journeys to success, including the many challenges they faced, and how they were able to overcome them to achieve their goals. Our guests this year were well-known print media entrepreneur Emelda Mwamanga, banking executive Edna Kallape, and former domestic worker, women’s advocate and Queen’s Award recipient Angela Benedicto. The girls were completely in awe of these amazing women!

After lunch, Scholars broke into small groups, each of which was led by someone who had successfully pursued a career in an area of interest to Kisa Scholars. These included engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, NGO sector professionals, journalists and a pilot. In addition to the guest speakers and small group sessions, awards were presented to outstanding Scholars and School Liaisons.

Feedback collected from Kisa Scholars shows they found the event inspiring and motivating and that it will help them to be more focused and better informed in choosing a career path. They also loved the opportunity to network and share ideas with their peers. For AfricAid staff, it was an exhausting couple of days, but well worth it! We’re delighted with the success of the event and really want to extend a massive thank you to our Global Giving supporters for your ongoing support of the Kisa Project! Your contribution to the Kisa Project is making a significant difference in the lives of young women in Tanzania.

The Guest Speakers Arrive
The Guest Speakers Arrive
Food for Thought
Food for Thought
Enjoying an
Enjoying an 'Energizer'
Exploring Career Options
Exploring Career Options
Taking It All In
Taking It All In
Kisa Scholars Final Meeting and Graduation
Kisa Scholars Final Meeting and Graduation

In 2013, 29 secondary school girls from Moringe Sokoine and Orkeeswa Secondary Schools joined the Kisa Project. Unsure about what the next two years of leadership and life-skills training held, but keen to learn, they embraced the opportunity. In May this year, 27 of those girls came together for the last time for the Leadership Immersion Final Meeting and Kisa Graduation Day.

Leadership Immersion is a Kisa practicum that allows Scholars to both hone their leadership skills, and ‘pay it forward’ by sharing some of what they have learnt with younger girls. They do this by teaching a number of lessons from the Kisa Curriculum to 15-20 girls in their home community, while also acting as a mentor to those same girls. At the end of the practicum Scholars meet with AfricAid staff to debrief, provide feedback, and celebrate the completion of their final Kisa milestone. Participants discuss interesting moments, new skills gained, and challenges they faced. Each Scholar also receives a Certificate of Completion of Kisa.

Among the key skills Scholars say they gained from the experience were: teaching skills; lesson preparation; and public speaking skills. Many Scholars also commented on how their confidence grew, and their communication skills improved. As part of recognizing Scholars’ achievements, prizes were awarded to those Scholars who had excelled at meeting the Leadership Immersion requirements. This includes demonstrating commitment and responsibility, and being pro-active in communicating with their Kisa Mentor.

On behalf of those graduating, Kisa Scholar Mary addressed those in attendance saying ‘I feel I lack words that can express how I feel being part of Kisa. AfricAid is the reason for who I am today. I thank everyone on behalf of other Kisa Scholars who are here.’

These girls will now join the Kisa Alumni Network, and Mentors at Moringe and Orkeeswa have a new group of 28 Year 1 Scholars, and 36 Scholars who have progressed to Year 2 of the program, to train, mentor, support and encourage.

The Kisa Project is delivering some amazing results, and we are truly grateful for the support we get from our Global Giving donors. Thank you for being part of the change!

A Student Giving Her Presentation
A Student Giving Her Presentation

We’re very happy to provide you with another update on AfricAid’s Kisa Project, which with your support, provides life-changing training and mentoring for secondary school girls in Tanzania.

In addition to the regular curriculum, taught through the weekly two-hour long Kisa Class, Kisa Scholars take part in a number of other training and development activities. One of the most important ones is the End of Year One Presentations.

Year One Presentations allow Scholars to draw on much of what they have learned throughout their first year by undertaking a community assessment. With the support of their Kisa Mentor, each Scholar identifies an issue or problem of particular concern to the community they assess and then identifies a creative and sustainable solution.  They then present their community, issues and solution to a panel of three judges and an audience of their peers. Common issues include poor sanitation, lack of educational opportunities, poor health facilities and violence against women.

The Presentations allow Scholars develop and practice skills such as research, evaluation and public speaking. While most are quite nervous about giving their presentation, the celebrations afterwards are always enjoyed by all.

One of the Judging Panels
One of the Judging Panels
About to Celebrate Their Accomplishments
About to Celebrate Their Accomplishments
The Best Presenters Receive a Prize
The Best Presenters Receive a Prize

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New Year 1 Kisa Scholars
New Year 1 Kisa Scholars

In mid-January AfricAid staff returned to work after a well-earned break, and 423 dedicated Kisa Scholars returned to their respective schools and resumed their Kisa leadership and life skills training.

One of the schools we partner with to deliver the Kisa Curriculum is Orkeeswa Secondary School, a unique rural school serving a mostly Maasai population. Orkeeswa students come from a community that is marginalized and impoverished, with very limited access to education.

The Kisa Curriculum is normally taught to girls in their final two years of secondary school – Forms 5 and 6, also known as Advanced Levels. But at schools like Orkeeswa, very few girls enjoy the kind of circumstances that allow them to make it that far. So in 2013 AfricAid decided to recruit Form 3 and 4 girls and teach the Kisa Curriculum to them. Just having made it to secondary school is a massive achievement and these girls are already considered potential community leaders. So teaching them leadership and life skills is very appropriate and is proving to be a great success.

The new school year for Forms 3 and 4 commenced in January and we have recently finished recruitment at Orkeeswa. 12 girls have just started Year 1; last year’s Year 1 girls (18 of them) have just started Year 2 of the program. Kisa Mentors Eligrania and Gladys have been delighted with the progress of the Scholars to date and are looking forward to the year ahead, as they watch the transformation of these young women, especially in terms of confidence and self-belief.

Reaching out to girls like those who attend Orkeeswa would not be possible without the generosity shown by our Global Giving donors. Again we say thank you very much. We hope that each donor gets as much satisfaction out the success of the Kisa Project and the achievements of Kisa Scholars as we do. Please keep giving – to date we have raised almost half of our Global Giving target of $75,000 to keep the Project going.

Year 2 Kisa Scholars at Orkeeswa
Year 2 Kisa Scholars at Orkeeswa
Learning How to be a Good Leader
Learning How to be a Good Leader
Mentor Eligrania
Mentor Eligrania
Mentor Gladys Discussing Presentation Skills
Mentor Gladys Discussing Presentation Skills

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AfricAid, Inc.

Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.africaid.com
Project Leader:
Maria Galter
Executive Director
Denver, CO United States
$38,931 raised of $75,000 goal
 
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