Kilimahewa Educational Center
Kilimahewa is the name of a village that lies in the shadows of the beautiful mountain that beckons adventurists from around the world. Extending from Arusha Road into the hills, Kilimahewa and the surrounding villages are populated primarily by subsistence farmers who live in mud, stick, or possibly concrete, one or two room structures without running water or electricity.
Men struggle to find sources of income, often falling into self-destructive behaviors… women struggle to shoulder the responsibility of both their families and their land… children struggle simply to survive – and all struggle to gain an education – to learn fundamental skills that can be a real life “golden ticket” to a productive future.
In September 2006, a group of local citizens teamed up with Grace Lyimo, whose family owned property with a small building to provide an educational refuge for local teenagers - The Women and Children’s Centre for Education (KIWOCE). Kilimahewa Women and Children’s Centre for Education began as a community-based organization in Moshi, Tanzania, founded on September 28, 2006 by local citizens who made it their mission to help underprivileged students in the area. As of the 2011 school year, about 60 students, mostly ranging in age from 14 to 18 attend the school. These children are struggling to access a secondary education because of a variety of economic and social factors. At Kilimahewa they continue to learn and can potentially access post-secondary education through a qualifying test system.
- provides quality teachers, provides texts, desks and supplies, and offers special programs in order to prepare students to pass required secondary school tests or simply improve their opportunities for future employment.
- supplements education with a nutritious lunch program.
- improves the economic circumstances of the community so that more children can attend school.
- makes formal private secondary schooling possible for particularly qualified and motivated students through sponsorships.
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