Fall 2022 Update

EdPowerment supporters,

I just spent a packed two weeks in Tanzania, accompanied in part by fellow Director, Stacey Lauren.  It’s impossible to communicate the real impact of what we do – I can only report that our intervention is giving hope, a future, and in some cases, survival to the students and families that we serve.

Moira Madonia


 

SPONSORSHIPS:

 

Tomorrow’s Scholar-Leaders:  Students in our long-term sponsorship program are approaching the finish line of their education.  Ten (10)  are about to begin their next university academic year, 2022-2023.  Another eight (8) look forward to their graduations – 6 university degrees, 1 master’s degree and one law degree.

 

On September 24 we spent an extraordinary day reconnecting with many of these students on break following the Tanzanian census.  We turned this get-together into a roundtable on communication skills, including self-assessments and applications for the workplace and adult relationships.  It was an invaluable day of sharing experiences and challenges and enjoying the camaraderie that this “family” has built for the past 10 years.

 

Discovery Higher-Education Scholars:  EdPowerment introduced these shorter-term sponsorships last year for graduates of poorly funded, low performing government secondary schools, who nevertheless qualified for college.  Extraordinary hardship curtailed these students’ educations – only our intervention enables a future.

 

This September, we celebrated the university graduation of our first such scholar, Elizabeth.  Our intervention allowed her to complete a Bachelor’s of Math and Statistics with an outstanding GPA of 4.6. She is now working as an intern in data management.

 

Our six Discovery Scholars joined their fellow students on September 24 to fully participate in the friendship and support that marks our program.  Many have benefitted from our THRIVE program that enrolls them in a local computer training school and provides our own English and life skills classes before sending them to college and during their extended breaks.


 

 


Early Discovery:  We are now evaluating the progress of 15 primary students in a special project that has provided extra support and supplies this year to students in Primary 5 – 7 who show great promise despite extreme family adversity.


 

 


Drought Food Relief:  Harsh weather conditions, primarily a lack of normal seasonal rains, have pushed many in the areas where we operate to go hungry.  Working with community officers, we have taken steps to provide basics of maize, beans and cooking oil and sugar in for students and families facing malnourishment.  Drought has affected not only crops, but also livestock. These photos illustrate the arid conditions that once were green. In one photo our team carries a disabled boy up to his home during our visit while his mother show the few beans left to feed her family in the next photo.

 

 


Dahani Boys and Girls Club:  Applying our uplifting experience from the KIWOCE Open School, we now offer a way for teenagers in this remote and impoverished area to come together and learn critical health, life skills and practical business skills on Saturday mornings – while enjoying chai and mandazi!  These activities can light the spark that literally changes these students’ lives by opening new ways of thinking and new possibilities never before considered.

It's all about delivering the message that – YOU CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER.

 


Resource Room:  Now in full swing, EdPowerment provides what we call a Resource Room across the hall from our office in Moshi.  Here our sponsored students can use computers and access the internet to seek employment, self-educate and take part in skills classes.  It’s a critical place for them to go each day as their home environments lack electricity and modern conveniences including bathrooms and internet, and they too often are called on for domestic chores that make personal advancement impossible.