Empowerment Through Education
Magdelena in her home last month, recuperating from a debilitating case of tuberculosis.
Formerly outcast youth are finding futures through the Kilimahewa Educational Center, Sponsorships, and CA Tanzania. Seven years after accepting our first sponsored student and hiring the Center's first teacher, EdPowerment proves that a small group of dedicated human beings can dramatically change lives for the better.
Madam Rebecca and the other teachers discuss student progress with students, their parents and caretakers. An unusual discourse in Tanzanian education!
STAYING THE COURSE WHEN ADVERSITY STRIKES
Sometimes those with the best outcomes hit crushing setbacks. This spring, Magdelena, a recent Diploma in Co-Operative Management and Accounting graduate, landed her first job in Moshi. Shut out of schooling seven years ago, she had prevailed against overwhelming odds and was so excited to receive her first month's probationary salary! A nagging cough, however, developed into night sweats and fever. In July she could no longer function. Mama Grace and EdPowerment's US staff (in TZ at the time) took her to the best medical care we could find. Magdelena had an advanced case of tuberculosis and would spend the next few weeks in a hospital. Today she continues to recover as EdPowerment shoulders her costs. The path ahead will be tough since there is a social stigma attached to those who have had TB. But we will do whatever we can to help her reclaim a promising life.
Magdelena was thrilled to receive a laptop as her graduation present last year.
Dativa and Zawadi have different stories of struggle in their early years, but each found her way to the Kilimahewa Educational Center in 2010. Here they were able to resume learning English, math and eventually other subjects. Because each demonstrated ability and determination, EdPowerment accepted them into its "Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader" sponsorship program. Their Secondary School National Exam (Form 4) results earned them spots in Advanced Level High Schools (Forms 5 & 6) and this Spring, they scored high enough on the A Level National Exam to secure university placements.
In two weeks, Zawadi will be a first-year student at St. Augustine University of Tanzania Bachelor of Law degree program. Last May we showed you Dativa's graduation photo with her mother. Since then she has served as an assistant teacher at the Kilimahewa Center and in two weeks Dativa will begin her Bachelor of Education in Science at Mwenge Catholic College. Their success demonstrates their individual tenacity; EdPowerment's diligent oversight, encouragement and mentoring; and the very real impact of your support.
Below: Zawadi & Mama Grace; Dativa working with students Camp this summer.
Mary joined our sponsorship program after graduating from Form 6. Sponsored by the Rau Foundation through secondary and advanced high school, she was at a dead end without further support. Her loan application to the government was stamped "DENIED: BUDGET EXHAUSTED."
Knowing Mary's talent and work ethic, EdPowerment took her into our program and this June, she completed her Bachelor Degree of Accountancy with a GPA over 4.0 Better yet, despite a weak job market, she already secured a position as an Accounting Manager at a company that makes curtains.
Connects Autism Tanzania (now a Tanzanian NGO)
On September 27 Grace Lyimo (in yellow) brought together district educational officers and VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority) leaders and school principals to push forward real programs for youth with autism and co-occurring conditions. CA Tanzania continues to (1) build its pilot Job Program for autistic youth in Arusha (2) organize professional visits from US and other Western countries to schools and centers seeking guidance for curriculum and instruction, and (3) educate and motivate a network of stakeholders in the intellectual disabilities community for advocacy and support.
A new reading club... plus
Kilimahewa is encouraging a love of books and bringing the power of words to youth through our expanding library. Here a student summarizes a book she has read to her peers.
Other activities including a local Interact Club, Girls Club and visiting speakers, stimulate curiosity and exploration, while exposing village youth to new ideas and to their own potential.
Here are Flora and Mary with their mothers on graduation day from Sangiti Secondary School. Mary, whose mother sells shoes in local markets, finished top in her class - a STEM student.
KILIMAHEWA ENRICHMENT CAMP INSPIRES OVER 100 LOCAL TEENAGERS ON SCHOOL BREAK
August celebrates with his mother, grandfathers and grandmothers, aunt and uncles! When August began at Uru Seminary (one of the best secondary schools in the country), he fell behind because of his poor primary school English background. He quickly made up ground and graduated strong!
A new recreational field/playground creates all kinds of ways for students to energize, compete and just have fun!