By Ashley Shuyler - Founder and Executive Director
Tanzanian Secondary School Scholarship Recipients
Dear AfricAid Friends,
A Tanzanian proverb says, Haba na haba hujaza kibaba – Little by little fills the big tin. Throughout 2010, we at AfricAid have watched with excitement and gratitude as the girls you support – one by one – have gone on to make big changes in their communities.
When we started our work on 2001, we set our sights on supporting ten girls through their high school years. In 2010, we have watched as our partner schools and communities have celebrated AfricAid’s work – work that has now impacted over 40,000 students. Little by little.
In 2010, we worked diligently to implement the pilot year of our new Kisa Project, a program that is helping Tanzanian girls finish their high school education and become leaders in their communities and nation. The 23 Kisa Scholars who inaugurated the program inspired and amazed us as they launched their own small-scale social business to teach computer skills to women and students in their communities – within the first four months of the program! Over the next five years, we plan to grow this program to reach hundreds of students across the country. Little by little.
We watched with gratitude as the students we have supported have used their opportunities to become leaders and agents of change. Dozens have become teachers and nurses; one young woman is studying to become the first female doctor from her tribe in Tanzania; another was accepted into the best girls’ boarding schools in the United States; and yet another was selected as one of five students from across Tanzania to participate in a prestigious, month-long leadership training program in the U.S. Little by little.
We thank you for joining with us this year in helping to provide scholarships and, in so doing, “fill the big tin.” It has only been with your support that we have been able to create opportunities, little by little, for our friends and partners in Tanzania.
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