Dear EdPowerment supporters,
2023 has taken off rapidly for EdPowerment. Our Tanzanian staff quickly began its Seminars at two poorly-resourced and performing secondary schools; resumed its invigorating Boys and Girls Clubs; moved forward with liquid and bar soap training for our Women's Small Business Initiatives; and most recently, welcomed back to Moshi many of our University and College Sponsored Students now on semester break.
It's impossible to convey what our intervention means to the secondary school students whom we are inspiring to think bigger - to envision futures that they can, in fact, influence.... if they give education a chance.
And just this week - February 20 - our sponsored students joined our staff, not only to share their knowledge and assist these students at their Seminars, but also to demonstrate in the most real way, that young people from impoverished families CAN succeed.
On so many fronts, EdPowerment is reaching individuals otherwise left behind with life-changing instruction, skills and encouragement. Our message is YES, YOU CAN.... We provide direction and support - and with persistence, creativity and resilience, you will open paths to a better life.
The following photos bring to life just a little of the enthusiasm generated at EdPowerment's Seminars, Clubs and other community-based projects.
At our Boys and Girls Clubs, young people continue their learning while having fun. This is our challenge - to jumpstart these students' minds - expose them to new ideas, new ways of thinking, new possibilities. Even a Saturday club event can light the spark that changes a student's entire perspective on what he or she can accomplish within his or her own environment.
The Women's Small Business Initiative has been developed with community leaders and women in two villages where drought has eliminated traditional sources of income - crops and livestock. These photos show the coming together of strong women determined to provide for their families. EdPowerment is not only assisting with initial supplies and financial coaching. We are facilitating training with SIDO - the main local agency that offers instruction in order to ensure a marketable product.
Resource Room: EdPowerment's Resource Room across the hall from our office in Moshi is a place where students in all our programs can come to learn, study and share. Here our sponsored students are able to use computers and go online to seek employment, self-educate and take part in skills classes. It’s a critical place for them as their homes most often lack internet access, as well as electricity and modern conveniences including bathrooms. Further, when at home they too often are called on for domestic chores that make personal advancement impossible. Lastly, this is a special place to feel part of a family that offers encouragement, advice and just a place to unwind with friends in a supportive environment.
Year End 2020