AfricAid would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you!” to all of its supporters for making the following educational opportunities possible for Tanzanian students in 2010:
• Kisa Project launched! AfricAid’s Kisa Project is a girls’ scholarship and leadership training program that helps young African women become leaders in their communities and nation. Kisa Scholars communicate monthly with their American sponsors through kisaproject.org.
• Within the first four months of the program, Kisa Scholars started their own small-scale social business to teach computer skills to women and students in their communities.
• The Teaching in Action teacher training program received support and recognition from the Open Society Institute and Planet Wheeler (Lonely Planet Foundation).
• Dr. Frances Vavrus led the fourth successful year of Teaching in Action, with 70 Tanzanian teachers learning how to use participatory, student-centered teaching methods. These teachers have improved the quality of education for thousands of Tanzanian students.
• With the support of NComputing, AfricAid installed three low-cost computer labs in Tanzanian schools, serving over 3,000 students.
• As a result of AfricAid’s work at Losinoni Primary School in supporting classroom construction, a solar power installation, a school lunch program and textbooks, attendance has increased by 30 percent and the graduation rate has increased from 20% to 98% in just five years! Nearly 180,000 lunches were provided at Losinoni Primary School in 2010 alone.
• With grants from Western Union and the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation, AfricAid outfitted vocational facilities, including a tailoring workshop and computer lab, at Muungano Vocational Secondary School in Tanzania. This program is now supporting employment in the community of Usa River.
• Several former AfricAid scholarship recipients are continuing their education at teachers and nurses training colleges.
• Tanzanian girls in AfricAid’s Kisa Project created their own digital stories, sharing their experiences and hopes for the future in 3-minute videos. See these stories at www.kisaproject.org/featured-digital-stories!