A message from mama: One of the most beautiful (and unexpected) collateral benefits of presenting in schools, churches, personal residences, etc. in this part of the world is the immediate empathy I see in people who here of the struggles of the desperately poor I work with in Tanzania. This is especially true when I visit schools and share stories of so many children in need.
I will leave for Tanzania in early October so teachers, if you would like me to visit your school and share our Tumaini story, creating awareness of the struggles of some students in other parts of the world, discuss governance and global responsibility (and yes, ask for some help fundraising), please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll schedule a school visit!
I will share our immediate need to build toilets and renovate a classroom dedicated to math at a local government school; how most children will fail (and drop out) of primary school next month after they write their mandatory national exams and how we want to better prepare the incoming first year secondary students so they will have a greater understanding of math and english. We will do this by hosting a free ‘pre-form 1″ program for the three primary schools feeding into our Nshupu Secondary . . .
We will share how we have constructed a hostel for the senior students and how this hostel has improved grades dramatically in a year, BUT, how, because of financial constraints, these students eat the same food, EVERY DAY and how we’d like to change that up a bit.
We will share how we have been approached by many, MANY students whose performance is outstanding, especially considering the school(s) they come from but that without some financial support they won’t be able to advance in their studies.
There are many stories. There are many needs. But the best part is what I see at THIS end of the world. I see empathy, real understanding of the plight of poor children. I see a change in perspectives for many kids here, who, previously fought for the newest cell phone cover, or splayed out in their desks, bored and disinterested in school. I see children adjusting their lenses and sometimes, reevaluating their futures and redirecting the energies into a future which includes “paying it forward”.
Many children cannot conceive of helping others until they realize just how manageable their own life is! This is perhaps one of the most beautiful surprises I never anticipated in doing this work.
Student+>Student – I’ve seen it at work and it’s awesome!