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
Mareslina reviews her notes in class.
Mareslina reviews her notes in class.

There’s a lake near my house that I often hike to with my dog. As she chews on sticks near the water’s edge, I toss small rocks into the middle of the clear mountain water and watch ripples radiate out. So it is with girls’ education. Research shows that investing in girls’ education causes a ripple effect that transforms the individual, as well as her family and her community (UNICEF). We generally focus on the epicenter, the positive impact education has on the individual young woman, but it is easy to imagine the ripple effect of each of our students. 

When Mareslina was a young girl, a wealthy individual took land away from her friend who was an orphan. This has fueled her drive to become a lawyer. Marselina now studies law at Mwenge Catholic University. She wants to advocate for human rights. Not only will her education increase her lifetime earnings, but her chosen career path will benefit others. Imagine that ripple effect! 

Sania is pursuing a bachelors in Social Work at Mwenge Catholic University. As part of her practicum she works in a healthcare office where women and children receive free care. Can you feel the impact of the waves she is making? 

Sarafina’s field placement is at Buronge Secondary School in the Kigoma region where she teaches Form I, II, and III biology. The field placement is part of her coursework for a Bachelor's of Education at the University of Dodoma. In her field placement alone, Sarafina has over 100 students. That’s over 100 lives she has already touched, over 100 drops in the bucket of education! 

I met Hekima in 2017, her love for education was evident. As one of three females in her class, she demonstrated confidence and leadership skills. In 2020, she passed the national exams and enrolled in high school to study history, geography, and English. Now in 2022, Hekima is balancing the demands of being a student while completing her practicum as a student teacher. As Dr. Jeff Goldstein, an internationally recognized science educator and planetary scientist, states, “A teacher today creates ripples in time that extend to generations yet unborn. Not just impact in the here & now but in the here & forever.” I can’t wait to see the reach of Hekima’s ripples. 

As a donor, your ripple effect is extensive. You directly impact these young women’s lives. In turn, they impact the lives of their families, as well as their students and clients. Thank you for making this high-yield investment. 

 

Warmly,

Kate Schelbe

Executive Director

Girls Education International

Sania transcribes patients' records at a clinic.
Sania transcribes patients' records at a clinic.
Sarafina teaches Form I, II, and III biology.
Sarafina teaches Form I, II, and III biology.
Hemika wants to be a teacher, "It's in my heart."
Hemika wants to be a teacher, "It's in my heart."
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Rebeka (left) and Mwanini (right)
Rebeka (left) and Mwanini (right)

As a young girl, I loved reading choose your own adventure books. The children’s books are written in second-person and allow the reader to assume the role of the protagonist. Thus the reader makes choices that determine the outcome of the story. I relished the freedom to make decisions and see their impact. It made me feel empowered. 

The young women of Girls Education International have autonomy over their choices, as a result they pursue a variety of academic and professional paths. We’re excited to highlight their progress on the adventures they’ve chosen. 

Rebeka and Mwamini are finishing their VETA program this year. Both will earn a certificate in Secretarial and Computer Application. This positions them to apply for well respected and prosperous jobs. 

Hawa earned As and Bs in the most recent marking period at Tanzania Public Service College in Tabora, where she studies record management. Here are some examples of her coursework:  Introduction to Statistics, Records Management Policies, Legislation and Standards, and Conservation and Preservation of Records Archives.  When asked about her plans upon graduating, Hawa stated, “I believe I will get a job. If I get a job with a salary, I will help my parents,  I will donate to Girls Education International so they can help the others, the remaining I will use for myself.”  

Bertha completed a two year program in Electric Installation at Nyamidaho VETA. She now works in Mwandiga where she installs wiring in houses. Bertha is both literally and figuratively bringing light to her community. 

Saidati recently completed a Field Study in Tanga, in the north east part of Tanzania. She studies environmental conservation and climate as it pertains to building design and planning. During the Field Study, she collected information about soil type, regional climatic conditions, topography, existing infrastructures, and local economic activities. With this information, she and her cohort created maps to analyze the potential building sites.  

One of the pictures below shows two young girls in front of their house in Mgarganza Village in the Kigoma Region.  With the help of the maps that Saidati created, community members will be able to have housing that is safer and more stable.  

Each of these young women, along with the rest of our participants, has had the opportunity to choose their own adventure because of you. In addition to the impact your donation has made on these individuals, we also know there are countless benefits of investing in girls’ education, including strengthening economies, creating healthier communities, and combating climate change.  

To learn more about the barriers girls face when pursuing education and the outcomes that occur when they receiving education, check out our podcast and curriculum

Stay tuned to hear more about the adventures these young women choose.

Warmly,

Kate Schelbe

Executive Director

Girls Education International

The Campus in Tabora
The Campus in Tabora
Bertha wiring a house.
Bertha wiring a house.
A house in Mgarganza Village.
A house in Mgarganza Village.
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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
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
Working on the Machines in Factory
Working on the Machines in Factory

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