Agripina (Second photo on the left) walked with me up the washed out road to Sekei after work each day. "I've seen you around and I'm just curious to know who you are and what you do." She was one of the only people on the road brave enough to talk to the strange (and sweaty) white lady in scrubs who spoke in broken Swahili. One day she invited me over for chai tea and "girl talk" at her place. She beemed as she showed me her very own apartment, a small windowless room complete with a curtain door, in the makeshift town north of where I was staying. She told me about how she left her village as a teenager so she could have a shot at getting an education. She had dreams. And as she generously shared what little she had of her home, her food, and her time, I could see: This girl was going places. And she did.
When I first met "Aggy" she was making about $1/day at a skirt shop down the road. I'll never forget seeing her a work late one evening, pouring sweat from fever and looking terrible. She had contracted malaria again, and her boss threatened to fire her if she missed even a day of work due to illness. My family and I have sent her very small amounts of money the last few years while she continued to work and take classes, and we were able to help her get her through high school and technical school. She now works at a job she loves selling insurance and enjoys a much better quality of life.
This is where you come in: Aggy would love the chance to offer the same opportunity of education to her very bright 14 year old younger sister, Veronica (first photo at top).
(Do you remember what it's like to be 14? Yeah, it totally sucks. Know what sucks even more? Not being able to afford to go to school.)
Veornica has been accepted to Sakura Girls Secondary School (a school for girls that focuses on science). Aggy tells me that this is the best school option for Veronica, and that she has verified through other students and alumni that it is a quality and safe place to study and learn. However, Aggy can't afford the tuition alone.
Veronica is an intelligent, precocious young woman with dreams of her own. She has seen how her sister Aggy has worked so hard to achieve her educational and career goals and she would love the same opportunity.
Education for girls in places like Tanzania have a tremendous ripple effect. It can lift up whole neighborhoods and communities. It affects generations of families to come. It can strengthen economies, improve health and safety, and promotes growth and equality in disadvantaged parts of the world.
So here's the dealio: Our goal is to raise enough to send Veronica to this three year secondary school program.
Goal: $2500 for three years TOTAL; includes tuition, lodging, food, transportation, and uniforms/books. I have personally looked over the paperwork and confirmed the legitamacy of the school. Itemized costs are as follows:
-Uniform & Books:$300
-Housing in Dormitory & Food:$700
Funds are needed by the school by January. So... what do you think? Questions, concerns, words of encouragement for Veronica? Reach out and let me know if you've got any.
Thank you for reading! Your prayers and donations mean more than you could ever know. Education is one of the greatest gifts we can offer the children of this world, and has one of the biggest positive impacts.
Money will be withdrawn and transferred directly to Veronica's guardian, Agripina Tlanka in Arusha, Tanzania on 12/29/17 via Western Union. I have used this method before and found it to be secure and safe for all parties. Thank you!
SAKURA GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 7217, ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Mobile: 0768 370 000 / 0759 426 421
Email: [email redacted]
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