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Corona Diaries

“One day this will all be history.”  

Rose, Kisa Scholar, Machame Girls Secondary School


2020 has been a whirlwind of a year… pivoting, shifting, adapting, extra effort… AfricAid and its program implementation partner in Tanzania, Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative (GLAMI) have done all these things to provide an uninterrupted year for the 6,605 Scholars in its two programs, the Kisa Project and Binti Shupavu.


Schools in Tanzania closed in mid-March and reopened several months later.  GLAMI kept the girls and their parents engaged with close communication while at home and provided material support to its 40 Partner Schools to help them welcome students back safely.  On top of all this, GLAMI launched an innovative new radio program to reach even more vulnerable girls in Tanzania.  Read some of our “Corona Diaries” from the past seven months.


Continuing our Vital Work (March)

In the early days of the novel coronavirus pandemic, GLAMI lays out a coordinated and detailed plan to respond.

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Keeping the Conversation Going (May)

Kisa Project and Binti Shupavu Mentors logged thousands of calls and texts to stay in close touch with their Scholars.  Girls who feel part of “something bigger” are more likely to return to school (and they did).

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Education Saves Lives (May)

Binti Shupavu Mentors explain how GLAMI staff also acted in a vital public health role.

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3 Lessons (July)

Devotha Mlay, Managing Director/Programs for GLAMI shares the three phases the organization moved through during the lockdown:  Safety, Ready, and Resilience.  The pandemic has also illuminated three guiding principles for moving forward in 2021 and beyond.

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GLAMI Hits the Airwaves (August)

Community radio is a key mode of communication throughout all of the developing world.  The pandemic was the impetus for making a long-awaited idea a reality with a weekly radio program exploring the many topics taught in Kisa and Binti Shupavu classrooms.

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How I Stayed Motivated (October)

An opportunity to hear Kisa Scholars’ voices during the pandemic… both the anxiety initially and the hope that their Mentors provided.

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To read all 16 (to date) Corona Diaries blogs click here.  These include stories about parent engagement, the mobilization of Kisa alumnae, the role of Partner School Liaisons, the use of technology, and many examples of Scholars’ creativity and community leadership.


AfricAid works to improve the standing of women in society through robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. In close partnership with our sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), we support mentorship opportunities that help secondary school girls in Tanzania complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and their communities.



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