TEMBO Canada finished the year 2016 on a high note. We exceeded the goal of our year-end appeal by over 80%. Our target was $4,200 which allowed an additional 12 girls to start secondary school in Tanzania. With such a tremendous response from our donors, we are now able to send 40 girls to Form 1. This is in addition to the 72 girls who are returning for Forms 2 to 6 this academic year.
The response from you our supporters reminds me of Margaret Mead’s inspirational quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Providing a girl in Tanzania the opportunity to attend high school changes both her world and her family’s. She now has reduced dramatically her chance of early marriage and pregnancy. She now has the prospect of an incredibly brighter future which will be reflected in her life and in future generations.
On behalf of the Board of Director's for TEMBO Canada, thanks to all of you. Your donation is about to make an inconceivable difference in a girls’ life.
Melissa Clark President, TEMBO Canada
Preparing for school: the start of an exciting journey
Life is very hard for villagers who live in and around Longido, Northern Tanzania.There has been no rain since November and the shortage of water has caused cattle prices to fall and all prices to rise. There is a serious scarcity of food. Families simply do not have enough money to send their children to school.
Every one of our sponsored girls would never have the opportunity to attend secondary school without the financial support of TEMBO.
However, with the generous support from donors, TEMBO is sponsoring 40 new girls who are beginning Form 1 in addition to 72 returning girls. January has been an exciting month for the Form 1 girls as they get outfitted with school uniforms, bedding, and school supplies and pack their trunks. The girls have said goodbye to their families and they have now all travelled to their assigned boarding schools.
Let’s meet a few of the TEMBO-sponsored girls who are beginning this exciting new chapter in their young lives and the parents who couldn’t be more proud of their daughters:
Naserian lives in Oltepesi, a small remote traditional Maasai village. She is a spirited, fun-loving 14 year old who wins one over with her smile. Naserian has a great enthusiasm for learning and this year she will be starting Form 1 at Lekule Girls’ School.
Sonjoy, Naserian’s father, is the village chairperson of Oltepesi and a former night guard at the TEMBO Guesthouse. He is a very traditional Maasai man with three wives and six children. Naserian is his first-born. In spite of his traditional values, Sonjoy wants his daughter to be educated. “My wives did not have this chance,” he says. “I want my daughter to succeed and get a job so she has a good life.” Sonjoy helped Naserian pack her trunk and went to school with her.
In her farewell words to TEMBO volunteers, Naserian said, “I have my books from PASS, teacher. I want to study hard!”
Niniai lives in Longido Village where she attended Longido Primary School and PASS. Her mother has 10 children, 9 boys and Niniai who is the last born. Niniai was very excited when she came to TEMBO to pack her trunk and change in to her school uniform, revealing that “I didn’t sleep at all last night. I am very excited and I am going to see my friends.” Niniai’s mother helped her pack her trunk, all the while giddy with enthusiasm for her daughter. She had purchased some extra soap and shoe polish for her. Mom showed her appreciation for TEMBO’s support by saying, “I do a little, TEMBO does a lot.”
Noorkorianga arrived with her father on a motorcycle taxi late one Saturday afternoon. Her father had been trying to collect some contributions to buy his daughter a trunk and parts of her school uniform. But money was scarce and he knew he did not have enough to outfit her. With TEMBO’s support, Noorkorianga is now fully outfitted with a trunk, bedding, toiletries, full uniform and books. She will also receive academic enrichment through TEMBO’s TEC program to help her achieve her dreams. Both father and daughter were beaming when they left TEMBO for school.
Diana is the daughter of a single mother who lives in Longido village. In January, when most girls had left for school, Diana kept coming with her young siblings to TEMBO to check on her trunk and make sure that her name was on everything. Eventually TEMBO staff realized why she hadn’t left for school. Parents are asked to make a small contribution towards the overall cost including such items as sport shoes, pocket money and transportation to the school. It took many days for her mother to find enough money for Diana’ s transportation. On January 21, the day before final registration, Diana finally left for school.
SENDING GIRLS TO SCHOOL: By the Numbers
To sponsor 40 new girls requires enormous commitment and preparation. By the numbers, outfitting the girls translates to 40 pairs of shoes, 80 shirts, 120 skirts, 3 trips to Arusha, 440 items of toiletries, 40 buckets, and 40 sets of bedding.
However, the TEMBO story is much more than numbers. It is a story of dreams for a better future and the determination to make that happen. And the TEMBO girls are definitely ready for the challenge. In his parting words to the girls, Simon, a TEMBO staff member, encouraged the girls by saying “When there’s a mountain, climb it.” And we know that the girls will do just that.
The Learning Centre Welcomes Learners of All Ages
With the start of the new school year, the Longido District Learning Centre opened its doors to eager learners of all ages.Here’s what a typical day looks like at LIL:
nursery school children learn and play and make use of the children’s library
primary school students gather in the children's area in the afternoon to read, play and do homework
a new group of independent learners makes use of the study room to prepare for exams (the last group wrote their exams in November). A former student who studied for 4 years at the Learning Centre is now a qualified teacher. He takes time each day to help others understand the readings.
a growing group of young Maasai mothers gather in one of the meeting rooms for adult literacy
community and other groups gather in the meeting rooms for seminars and meetings
TRAVELING WITH TEMBO January 20 - February 2nd, 2018
Join us for an amazing two-week experience in northern Tanzanian including a week in the village of Longido and a week exploring Tanzania's beautiful national parks.