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Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ

by Malaika Children's Friends onlus
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Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Malaika Guardians 2019-20: quality education in TZ
Studying at home, in the Malaika office
Studying at home, in the Malaika office

Hard study at home!

After a long three months in which schools in Tanzania have been closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemicschools have finally opened, and students returned to school at the end of June.

The Director of Malaika; Jutta Kassam, explains the various challenges faced during the pandemic and isolation while having to foster the children's growth in all aspects. 

"It has been difficult to have 24 children remain home and away from school, isolated from their daily routines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I noticed that it was particularly challenging with the older children, who typically spent a majority of their time at school or in boarding school. Despite this taxing change and a new way of life over the past three months, we did our best to keep the children active, entertained, and ensured that we could all support one another during this time. Additionally, we were sent homework via Whatsapp from all the schools for all the children, to ensure that none of them was falling behind education".

 

A complex organization

"Even though it was hectic to have to organize and keep on top of all the homework received, completed, and sent back - we managed! Luckily, we already had Internet available at Malaika (even though the children no typically used it), which was helpful when the children were required to attend school programs online. Thankfully a sponsor donated some computers and tablets, which allowed us to work together as a community and a family by sharing the study resources - even though they didn't always work. This made it hard for the children to get their homework done on time, as well as allowing all of them a fair amount of time to complete their work".

In comparison to many other Tanzanian students, the children at Malaika are privileged and thankful for being able to continue their education over the past three months. We at Malaika believe that education is essential, and hence it is one of the many goals we aim to achieve with our children. Therefore, even during this trying time, we encouraged our children to dedicate the same energy and passion for their studies. Furthermore, Malaika was able to provide the same care and attention to children who have transitioned into the outreach program (coming back to their families), by ensuring they too were able to continue with their studies. Once you're a part of Malaika, you're always a part of the family. 


Free time to spend together

Jutta Kassam continues to share how Malaika coped during the pandemic.

"I worked hard to ensure that the children set aside free time away from their studies. This time was very well structured and organized as we developed a timetable that met everyone's needs and followed it together. Creating our schedule helped the children, as well as the staff, get all their work done. It encouraged everyone to work together by helping with household chores (such as cleaning, preparing food, washing clothes, and taking care of the garden and the animals). The babies and younger children at Malaika spent most of their time with the housemothers; they would help the younger children with their homework, play with them, and care for their basic needs. Since we are a family at Malaika, I always made it a point for all the children, the housemothers, myself, and any other members, to participate in daily activity (playing football, dancing and games) and spend time together as a family".

When the restrictions were lifted, and the back to school order was released, sure the children were happy to have a change of pace and environment, but they were not entirely thrilled to go back to school/boarding school. After all, the food and company are much better at home - Home is home indeed. The children appreciated spending this long period isolated with each other, despite the challenges and fights that happened here and there. Ultimately, that's what happens in any family from time to time.

 

Hope for the future

We hope that the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic improves over the next few months. Meanwhile, we will continue to be proactive and follow preventative measures, such as continuous sanitization and education on how to protect ourselves to the best of our ability. We hope and pray to overcome this problematic period soon; in the meantime, we hope that all of our friends, family, and donors/supporters across the globe are keeping well and safe. 

Malaika sends you all, our love and strength to stay safe! 

Babies at Malaika - not yet to school
Babies at Malaika - not yet to school
Again wearing uniform, back to school
Again wearing uniform, back to school
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Oldest and youngest girls at Malaika
Oldest and youngest girls at Malaika

The pandemic that is affecting the whole world has officially arrived also to Tanzania and the government on Friday 20th of March ordered to close schools.

Our kids had been anxious in the last weeks about the health of their sponsors, asking us about them in Italy and everywhere in the world. Now we too in Tanzania have to face a state of emergency.

We all at Malaika are very close to everybody in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, and everywhere who are experiencing these hard moments, and we hope that the world will recover serenity soon.
 
How is our Malaika family reorganizing life in the meanwhile? - we asked Director Jutta Kassam. 

"In the same way as elsewhere, being isolated and closed at home. Two female members of the staff, who usually take care of the house and the children, are kindly available to stay at Malaika as long as necessary; therefore, they will not return home for shifting after one week but will rest inside the structure. This new organization started last Friday".
The older children will help with everyday tasks, i.e., cleaning, cooking, taking care of the little ones, washing clothes. They will also take care of the garden, the vegetable garden, and the animals.

In the photo, you see our oldest girl with the youngest baby: with the closure of boarding schools, now they will live together every day.

Of course, everyone will continue to study at home: the grown-ups will organize themselves to learn lessons by themselves and to help the little ones to go on in learning, aided by textbooks, and by their creativity. Boys and girls have quickly become teachers for younger children!

Unfortunately, these are tough times for the whole world, and Tanzania is no exception. We hope that the consequences of the infection will not be not too adverse in this country, which certainly does not have the health structures of the western states and where it is complicated to respect the safety distances.

Best wishes to all of you and take care!

 

Meal is ready
Meal is ready
Working at the vegetable garden
Working at the vegetable garden
Staff taking care
Staff taking care
Studying at home
Studying at home
Group at Malaika
Group at Malaika
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A new year is beginning and, in Tanzania, this means also a new school year.

Our children and teenagers are preparing themselves to begin next Monday a new challenge, after a period of holidays they spent for Christmas at Malaika all together.

Seven kids attending kindergarten and primary school are excited about changing their school: they will go all together in a new school which offered a good opportunity to Malaika, thanks to some of our US sponsors.

Also our oldest student, who has just graduated in Form 4, now has to discover her new school, where she will study two years before entering University.

Time is passing so quickly... but we have also very young babies who are still at home at Malaika, and they have so many years for studying ahead!

We thank you very much for your help in supporting Malaika with school expenses. We think that the best way to change the future of a person and of a country is to rely on a good education.

Please have our warmest wishes of a Happy New Year!

babies at home
babies at home

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As we near the end of the year once again, we would like to thank you for your continuous support towards Malaika Children’s Friends. All your generosity and support continues to make a huge difference in our children’s lives. The girl you see in the photo in the center, for example, has been able through your help to successfully graduate in Form 4 some days ago and we are very very proud of her! 

As nearly half of our children are now at high school, and attending boarding school – their ongoing daily and living needs are becoming more and more expensive. We ask you for recurring monthly donations to ensure the children’s basic needs are met, their boarding and school fees are paid on time, and that they have all the resources they need before the school starts up again. Furthermore, monthly donations allow us to plan in advance for the children’s activities.

We thank you for contributing massively towards our goal of provision of quality education for our children. We have three months left to raise 11624 US$, in order to reach our goal of 22,000 US$ but we know that this is no big challenge for this community. Through provision of quality education, the children are opened up to a new set of opportunities where they can break the cycle of poverty, and contribute to their community development.

As illustrated in the prospect, $30USD per month will educate one of our children for six months at primary school (inclusive of uniform, school fees, books and transport), $45USD per month will support one of our pre-schoolers for a year, $60USD per month will fund one year of primary school fees for one of our children, and $120USD per month will support one of our secondary school child for a WHOLE year! For 1/5th cost of your cup of coffee a day, you can pay the school fees of one of our children to receive quality education.

Our next big goal at Malaika is to be able to sponsor the university education of our children, who would like to pursue further education. This goal is only possible through you, and your generosity. More information surrounding this next goal will be available soon.

 All gifts are welcome, and appreciated! Thank you once again for your support.

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Also this year the time has come to kiss goodbye to our older kids who’ll be returning to their boarding school after their summer holidays in June. This year almost half of our children are in high school and, while two of them just started pre-school, some of them are already thinking about University.

They make us proud every day. They study hard even during summer vacations, and the “grownups” help the little kids with the subjects their struggling with. Together they’re building the way for a brighter future for themselves and their community.

In Tanzania, no more than 25% of young people are enrolled in secondary school and less than 4% go to university. We believe that the opportunity to achieve quality education is the biggest gift we can give to our children because it gives them the chance to change their life.

That’s why we are proud that our kids are committed to their studies and are achieving amazing results. One of the older ones has achieved the best result of his year in science and Kiswahili and the school gave him a reward in front of all the school! We are so proud!

All of this is possible only thanks to you our dear friends. It’s your support that gives them this opportunity. Thanks to you we can cover all the expenses that the school requires and can continue to give to our kids a safe and loving environment in which they can grow and learn.

Thank you for giving our kids this unique opportunity to build a brighter future!

We hope you will continue to support our kids especially with monthly donations that give us the possibility to plan our expenses for the next year of school.

Thank you.

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