Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania

by Girls Education International
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Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Fund PostSecondary Education for Girls in Tanzania
Serafina
Serafina

Dear Girls Ed Supporters, 

Greetings from Colorado where Spring has officially launched, and the birth of new life is on the horizon! We hope this update finds you healthy and living in relative peace, which in the world today cannot be assumed as given for anyone!

In Tanzania, the young women in our program are well into their first semester of studies. Through frequent updates, we are hearing about how much they are enjoying the environment of their universities, the support of their professors, the opportunity to learn new and interesting subjects, and the new relationships they are forging with students from all over the country. 

A few of the young women recently visited the Project Wezesha office in Kigoma to meet with Lucas and share highlights from their time at university. There was much laughter and storytelling. Lucas also noted how much they have all grown up. Some of these students have been with us since they were girls starting secondary school, and now they are mature, motivated young women with clear ambitions and hopes for their future!

NASRA

One of them, Nasra, is a young woman from Simbo village. She is studying Human Resource (HR) Management at the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy in Singida. She told Lucas how much she enjoyed the courses she has taken this academic year, which included Business Communication, Organizational Psychology, HR Management, and Industrial Relations, among others.  She hopes to work in Human Resources after graduation. She aims to have a position as a manager in an organization or company where she can contribute to planning and implementation of institutional policies. Nasra is very grateful for the support you've provided and is committed to reaching her goals to make her family and Girls Ed donors proud.

SERAFINA

Serafina is a student from Mwandiga village. She is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Education at the University of Dodoma (UDOM). Her content area focus is Science. She currently takes seven courses including, Information Technology, Principles of Education, Communication Skills, Biology, and Geography. She looks forward to being a teacher of STEM courses at the secondary level. She recounted to Lucas some pedagogical approaches she is learning in her program, including various strategies to promote learner-learner interactions through group discussions and collaborative assignments. 

Lucas asked her how it feels to be the first from her family to attend university and she said, “I am so happy. And I think that for me to be the first one to attend the university is a way for another child [in my family] to pass to the university.” She explained that she has a sibling in the first year of secondary school who is inspired by their big sister to work hard and aim high! Serafina extends gratitude, blessings, and a commitment to reach her dreams and impact society through education.

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The opportunity these young women have will have far reaching and lasting effects in their society! We look forward to sharing more updates in the months to come as all the women in our program gain a deeper understanding of their respective academic fields and their future career potential. 

Mark Your Calendars! The GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign will take place next week between April 4th - 8th. Each donation up to $50 per unique donor will be matched at 50% and funds will not run out! This is a great time to make another contribution toward the university fees of the girls we currently support and the new group that will start next fall. Please come back to donate between April 4-8. Share this update with friends and family and let them know why investing in girls' education matters to you and the world! 

Asante sana!

Rai Farrelly &
The Girls Ed Team

Nasra
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Mariselina with new friends at University
Mariselina with new friends at University

Dear Girls Ed Supporters, 

We are delighted to share some joy this holiday season. This fall, many young women from our program began their first semesters at university. They are attending universities all over the country from Arusha and Dodoma to Mbeya and Dar es Salaam. In early November, they reported to their respective institutions, settled into the dorms, and began taking classes with a cohort of their peers. They made new friends from all over the country and began the process of adapting to a new academic culture. For many of these young women, this is the first time they have traveled away from home. They are also the first in their families to attend university, which makes them and their families very proud. 

From afar, they send regular updates to our in-country partner, Lucas of Project Wezesha via What's App and SMS. Some of those updates are simply collections of photos capturing their campus experiences. (Lots of smiles!) Check out the photos attached with this report - Serafina sent photos of herself with a classmate during a laboratory section at the University of Dodoma, the country's capital. Saidati sent photos of herself in front of her university and in one of her classes. Hadija shared a photo of herself with classmates in the hall of Mbeya University. The photos we've shared are only a few of the many images they have been excited to pass along to Lucas, who they view as a brother, mentor, and advocate for their education. 

Mariselina, pictured with some of her new friends, is pursuing a degree in Law at Mwenge Catholic University. She was also thrilled to share photos from her time at university, as well as the following message which she asked us to share with you. This message (edited slightly) emphasizes her excitement and her gratitude to donors who made this opportunity possible for her. 

"Hello. My name is Mariselina. I'm studying Bachelor of Arts for Law in Mwenge Catholic University. I appreciate the life of this university and Kilimanjaro at large. My special thanks to our donners for their support from the first step up to now.  Big up to them.  May the Lord have mercy upon them. I am doing well with my courses.  The lectures are good and the environment is conducive for all learners. I am  enjoying so much with my life since I arrived here. I got a lot of friends paying much attention to me like Vanesa from Arusha, Selina from Iringa, Janet from Tanga and Aisha from Dar es Salaam. We share different ideas when studying. Special thanks once again to our donors."

As we enter the holiday season, the Girls Ed team wishes to extend our deepest gratitude for all that you do to ensure that these young women are supported. Whether you spread the word or make a donation, you do make a difference. 

In the new year, we look forward to sharing more updates and stories from these and other university students about their academic experiences and aspirations! 

Happy Holidays, 

The Girls Ed Team

Serafina at the University of Dodoma
Serafina at the University of Dodoma
Serafina with a classmate in Lab
Serafina with a classmate in Lab
Hadija with classmates at Mbeya University
Hadija with classmates at Mbeya University
Saidati in class at Adha University in Dar
Saidati in class at Adha University in Dar
Saidati at Adhi University
Saidati at Adhi University
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Flora Modeling her Design
Flora Modeling her Design

Dear Girls Ed Supporters, 

This Spring, with your support, Girls Ed funded the field study (internships) of students attending the Nyamidaho Vocation Education and Training Authority (VETA). Among the cohort of those completing their internships were Melania and Flora. They are each pursuing a certificate in design sewing and clothing technology. 

Melania and Flora had the opportunity to be placed together at Sunflag, a textile and clothing company based in Arusha, Tanzania. While working for Sunflag, they learned from professionals in the factory about the machines, the process of turning cotton into thread, the thread dying process, how to weave textiles, and how to design and create clothing, such as shirts, skirts, dresses, suits, and more.

In this videoMelania films as Flora gives a tour of the factory and explains (in Swahili) about the machines and the process of making threads and textiles. (See additional photos of Melania and Flora in the factory.)

On a recent trip home to Kigoma, Melania and Flora visited our in country Project Manager, Lucas at the Project Wezesha office. He conducted interviews with them so they could share firsthand about their time in Arusha. In this video, Lucas greets donors and introduces Melania and Flora. 

Flora - Future Fashion Designer

In this video, Lucas interviews Flora in Swahili about her recent field experience for her certificate in tailoring, which she is pursuing at the Nyamidaho VETA center (Vocational Education and Training Authority). In this video, Flora explains that she completed her field experience in Arusha. She refined her tailoring skills, learning how to make shirts, dresses, and suits from Kanga and Kitenge materials. She extends tremendous gratitude and blessings to everyone who has supported her so she could have this opportunity. She also says how happy she was to have the chance to see Arusha; to know a larger city. Finally, Lucas invites her to stand up and show off the lovely dress that she made while in Arusha. I want one!! 

Flora, once a very shy young woman has really come out of her shell. To see her speak so openly and with such confidence about this experience is such a testament to the value of investing in and believing in young women. Without the opportunities of study camp, secondary school, and now this vocational training experience, Flora might still be a reserved young woman, remaining in others' shadows, letting others speak for her, and walking the path chosen by someone else. Not anymore!

Melania - Future Design Entrepreneur

In this video (Part 1 of 2), Melania says that she has learned how to make many, many types of clothing during her internship with Sunflag in Arusha. She also learned how to process raw cotton into thread and then how to make clothing from the materials. Lucas asks her about the process of making a shirt, as she is wearing one that she made in this video. Lucas commented on how impresesed he was by the technical language they were using for the explanation. 

Melania's enthusiasm about her work and what she's learned is evident in the interview, even if you don't understand Swahili. Her smile and confidence shine through. She expresses gratitude to donors who helped make this field experience possible. She sends blessings and shares how happy she feels about the opportunity to  have lived and studied in Arusha, to learn from professionals, and to continue her studies with these newfound skills. Prior to her field experience, her instructors noted that she has what it takes to be an instructor herself. We, too, can see her in that role in the future.

In this video (Part 2 of 2), Melania describes the process of making Maasai Shuka, the traditional clothing of the Maasai people of East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania). In great detail, she outlines the process of creating thread, dying it in red and blue, weaving the threads into the traditional checked pattern, and finishing the textile for use in sewing. She describes the large number of products that can then be made from the materials. She knows that the Maasai pattern materials are in demand and therefore, knowing how to create them is lucrative for an entrepreneur selling such textiles in larger markets. You can learn more about the Maasai Shuka and see some of the incredible fashions here.  

We're excited for Flora and Melania and look forward to celebrating their completion of these certificates. Once they return home, purchase the machines needed, and rent a space to start their businesses, the sky is the limit for them. The income they'll generate will leverage them and their families. Knowing that others believe in them and invested in their potential means the world to them. Who knows -- maybe one day they'll be marketing their beautiful clothes around the world. I know I'll be ordering a dress from Flora very soon! 

Please share this update and celebrate their success with us. Click 'Give Now' and contribute today so we can Multiply the Mission and support more young women seeking to become professionals in their communities.

Thank you for your part in making these dreams come true. 

Asante sana, 

Rai Farrelly
Tanzania Project Manager
Girls Education International

Melania Modeling Shirt She Made
Melania Modeling Shirt She Made
Working with Cotton in Factory
Working with Cotton in Factory
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Working on the Machines in Factory

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Melania with clothing she designed and created
Melania with clothing she designed and created

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

Last week, we were honored to be part of GlobalGiving’s International Women’s Week campaign. We always love to celebrate International Women's Day and our partnership with GlobalGiving ensures we can run a successful campaign so we can continue to fund our programs. 

We are so grateful to everyone who donated. Your contributions up to $50 were matched at 50%. We have reached our fundraising goal for 2021 – a goal of $15,000 which will cover the fees associated with the education of all girls in our program, at their various levels. But as you can apprecitate, it's already time to start working to meet our 2022 budget in preparation for the continued success of the girls in our program. 

From our original cohort of 35 girls, we are currently supporting 26. Nine have recently completed their post-secondary education. Six have jobs – working as teachers with young learners! Sada and Sesilia are looking for teaching jobs, and Safi chose to focus on marriage and family for now. Last year was difficult for all of these young women due to Covid-19 and school closures, but thankfully, most of them were able to return to their gainful employment.

We have so many updates to share, but we don’t want to overwhelm you in one update, so be sure to follow us on Instagram (@girls_education_international) and Facebook so that you can see more updates as we share them in the coming weeks.

For now, please enjoy the following reports from our partner Lucas at Project Wezesha.

Edasta

Edasta is a student from Mgaraganza village. She studied at Muyovozi High School in Kigoma town. She is the first student from Girls Ed Tanzania to join university. She is studying at the University of Iringa with the support of one of our generous donors who covers Edasta's tuition. She is in a 3-year program pursuing a degree in Procurement. 

Edasta shared an idea she has for impacting change in her community. She would like to organize a day to meet with as many girls as possible from the villages. She would like to serve as a beacon of hope – a village girl living her dream at the university. She wants to encourage and motivate more girls from the village to believe that it is possible to reach big goals, like higher education!

Hawa

Hawa is a student from Simbo village. She studied at Luiche Secondary School in Kigoma. She successfully joined Tanzania Public Services College in Tabora where she is pursuing a diploma in Record Management through a 3-year program. In her first term, she did very well in her studies.

Hawa says that when she finishes, she knows she will find a good job. With her own salary, Hawa says, “I will help my parents with part of my salary. I will donate a small part to Girls Education International so they can help others. The remainder, I will use for myself.” We love that many of our students see giving back to Girls Ed as part of their future plans. We believe a strong path forward for girls’ education in Tanzania is forged when young Tanzanians themselves are investing!

Adija

Adija is from Kagongo village. She completed her studies at Kagongo Secondary School and joined us for several academic study camps. Adija completed a 2-year program at Musoma Utalii College Tabora in pharmaceutical studies. She now works in a pharmacy, white coat and all! She enjoys her job and loves making money, but she has plans to pursue further studies in her field after she has some professional experience.

Melania

Melania is from Mgaraganza village. She currently studies at Nyamidaho College in the Kasulu District. She is pursuing a certificate in Design Sewing and Clothing Technology. On his visit to the college recently, Lucas spoke with the teachers and principal who interact with our students at Nyamidaho. They all had much praise for Melania, saying she is doing excellent in most of her classes, but needs to “increase effort” in Engineering Science and Mathematics. Melania is charming and loves to talk, so she has easily made friends among her classmates and teachers. One of her teachers shared that she likes to ask questions and is quick to grasp concepts in her class. Another teacher noted that she has the potential to one day become an instructor in the program. What an acknowledgment!

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There are many other students to report on and we will! We have updates on others at Nyamidaho College who are learning to become tailors, electricians, and administrative assistants. We also have reports on students’ mock national exams in Form 6 (high school). These mock exams serve as an indicator of success on the actual exams taking place this summer. Our prediction -- we're about to send a cohort of girls to university! 

It has been a long difficult year with the pandemic. Many of our current students had their education interrupted due to the Corona virus. Some former students temporarily lost their jobs, while others are still seeking employment. However, this report offers a glimpse into the light we see shining as a result of our collaboration – and "our" incudes you, of course!

Thank you for your ongoing support of these young women in Tanzania. They gladly share their success with you and extend their warmest gratitude for all you’ve done to help them reach their goals! Let's not stop now.

Please share this report with your networks. Let your friends and family know why this matters to you and invite them to join us. Together we are changing the world – one educated girl at a time. If you'd like to make another donation, click 'Give Now' below. 

Thank you! Asante sana!

Sincerely,

The Girls Ed Team

Edasta - Uni Student
Edasta - Uni Student
Adija at Work - Pharmacy
Adija at Work - Pharmacy
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Edasta - University Bound!
Edasta - University Bound!

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

There is no denying 2020 has been quite the year! The world has been knocked off its feet by the pandemic, which has had devastating impacts on economies, healthcare and education globally. Not surprisingly, schools around the world closed for varying amounts of time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The effect of these closures can be particularly significant for girls. Girls in underserved communities often lack access to the technological resources required to engage in remote learning. In addition, girls who leave school for extended periods of time may not return because they have assumed more responsibilities around the home, have married, or have become pregnant.

In Tanzania, schools were closed from March through June, but opened again in July. One bright spot for us is that all of the girls in our scholarship program did return to school. They remained steadfast in their pursuit of educational and career goals. 

One of our greatest highlights for 2020 is that we are celebrating the first university student from among our scholarship recipients! Edasta completed high school this year. She performed well on her national exams and applied to two university programs. She was accepted and is reporting to her university this month! Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her all the success possible in her studies. Our friend and super supporter, Shelmina of Seattle, WA offered to cover Edasta’s university tuition. #GratitudeOverload

In her note of gratitude to Shelmina, Edasta wrote, “My promise to you is that from my heart, I will be studying hard so that to reach my dreams. Then after accomplishing my studies I will find the work from any company so that my dream will become true of helping my family from poor life to better life with all society.” Many students in our program pursue their education with the stated goals of improving their society and supporting their families – embodying the community spirit of Tanzania.

In other exciting news, Rabia completed her studies at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) in Kigoma. She was awarded a certificate of completion in Design Sewing and Clothing Technology (see attached). Now she has her sights set on opening her own tailoring business so that she, too, can support herself and her family. Shout out to our friend Hilary who paid for Rabia's training program.

A cohort of our students completed a teacher education program and all seven of them were hired as teachers at various nursery and primary schools. All of their jobs were put on hold during the school closures, but they are back to work now. Recently, we learned of an unfortunate experience endured by one of these young women -- but never fear; it has a positive outcome.

Skola was hired as a teacher at a private school and was enjoying her work with the young learners. Unfortunately, she was recently harassed by a male teacher at her school who was inappropriately asking for sexual favors. She tapped into her power and refused. As a result, she lost her job. We honor her strength and recognize the challenge she likely faced when enacting her agency and walking away from a job that meant so much to her and her family. We are, however, very happy to share that she has already been hired by another school in Kigoma town. Our in-country partners at Project Wezesha are writing a letter to the owner of this school to shine a light on the behaviors of this teacher in the hopes of promoting policy enforcement so that future women teachers at this school, and other schools, will not be put in this compromising position.

Another one of these young teachers was married and became pregnant during the time when her school was closed. However, as we all know -- marriage and motherhood are not tradeoffs for employment. Lois is happy to be able to start a family. She is taking the generous six months of leave time that Tanzanian women are afforded after having a baby. Her school is holding her position for her and she will return to work after maternity leave. Her baby will be blessed with a motivated, educated mother with expertise in early childhood education!

We continue the work we do because reports continue to affirm the importance of educating girls in overcoming poverty. In fact, investing in girls’ education through high school could increase the GDP of countries by 10%. Ying Qin, an analyst with Citi Global Insights says, "Investing in the development of girls is not only the right thing to do, but it's a key contributor to growth, delivering unparalleled impacts and returns across societies, and that multiplier effect should not be underestimated." We’re proud of our indirect investment in Tanzania through the support we’re able to provide to girls in remote and underserved regions of the country.

Of course, we cannot do our work without your support. Our projected budget for operating costs in 2021 is $15,000. This includes the costs of high school, diploma programs, and vocational training for the girls who continue studies through the year, with the anticipation of several of our Form 6 girls joining university next fall. We are running an ambitious campaign through this season of giving to raise this money by the end of the year, but we have a long way to go. Please share our work with your network and invite them to make a contribution today. You can donate by clicking the Give Now button below.

Stay tuned for updates on our campaign and more information about the girls’ successes in the coming weeks as we move into what we hope to be a bright new year!

With Gratitude,

The Girls Ed Team

Rabia's Certificate of Completion
Rabia's Certificate of Completion
Rabia
Rabia

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