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Pastoral Women's Educational Fund

£610 of £15,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 18 months
Educating a young Maasai girl while keeping her safe and preventing her being forced into pre-teen marriage or pregnancy. Emanyata Secondary School in Tanzania does that!


An ongoing need in a traditional Maasai community is to keep young girls safe during the long school recess each year from October to January. Many girls as young as 12 need shielding from being forced into marriage or pregnancy before starting secondary school.

Emanyata Secondary School offers a secure boarding school environment to do just that while providing much needed and intensive Swahili, Math and English education. The girls  also receive life skills training and guidance on menstruation and sexual & reproductive health issues to help keep themselves healthy and safe.

So, if educating a 12 year old girl while keeping her out of harms way is compelling, please make your contribution today.  

£75 ($100) protects one child through these 4 months of high vulnerability. Your compassion will be truly life changing for the self-reliant young lady that emerges.

My personal commitment is to ensure that every penny I raise here gets to this school and supports the health and well being of young girls simply asking for their chance in life to be respected.

Thank you sincerely!
Jacky.
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As the school sets to close for the holidays I am sad to be leaving Emanyata, but admittedly looking forward to hot showers and some relaxation time!
The Pre-Form 1 program is almost finished. So many girls and boys have been transformed into confident young women and men not scared to try their English or Maths skills out on their friendly "mzungu"!
It's been such an honour to dwell and work with this remote pastoralist community for the past few weeks. All good people trying to make a difference for these kids in such a harsh environment.
With your support, we've made significant progress to help sustain the school in years to come: refurbishing toilets, preparing the garden for the next year's growing season, arranging training for our agriculture team with expert horticulturalists, developing candle making from bees wax (we sold them all within 24 hrs), making the library and its books more accessible, preparing to roll out the environmental club next year, helping teach English and kiSwahili to Maa-speakers, repairing some plumbing.... the list goes on.
All of this work goes to make the school environment more comfortable and more effective. We have every expectation that it will remain in the top rankings in the district, and the kids will go on to lead progressive and accomplished lives.
If you'd like to help sponsor one of the disadvantaged pastoralist girl to transition from Pre-Form 1 to secondary school at Emanyata in 2018 you can now do it via our US registered charity partner here: https://gpfd.org/portfolio-programs/pwc/.
I am truly thankful for your continued encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me personally, and to this community to know that so many people care.
Asante Sana and Furaha za Likizo (Thank you very much and Happy Holidays)! Jacky.
Buying Swahili bricks
Students fertize land & plant seedlings
PF-1 Students keen to learn EVERYTHING
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We've had many busy hands at Emanyata Secondary School. Using a simple 'agile' project management system we are making progress with expanding the toilets in the girls dormitory, preparing the garden for next years planting (cow poop for fertilizer, a tap stand for watering and some training taking place shorty for the staff and volunteers who will help turn this 1 acre space into a vegetarians dream garden). We've made our first candle from bees wax from the school beehives (just in time to sell for the holidays) and we have collaborated with another school to have some of our teachers participate in their professional development program. And we have only just started!! The Pre-Form One students are thriving and I get a big smile and a "Good Morning Madam" where ever I go on campus. Very rewarding !
We are not very different!
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Underway with last minute preparations for our trip to Emanyata. Myself and my associate Mwajuma will be delivering a bunch of school supplies and gifts as well as working over the next 3 weeks to help progress some projects including the school shamba (gardens) plan. We'll be able to have some learning fun with the gear in the picture (can you spot Emanyata on the map?). With the additional generosity of our great friends and supporters at the Unversity of Washington we will be able to finish the construction of some new toilets for the girls dormitories, making life just a little more comfortable in this tough environment. Thanks for following us on this amazing journey, and watch for more posts when we reach Emanyata this coming week. You'll see the link below where you can make a donation and share with your friends what valuable work you are involved in! Asante sana, Jacky.
Some of the gifts for Emanyata
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Looking back on my 1st week with the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) in Tanzania the highlight is definitely the time I spent learning from a very talented young lady called Sarah, who works as a Field Officer and Assistant Project Officer for PWC. She helps run women’s empowerment projects and manages the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system used to measure PWC project impact.

At 28 years of age she has already accomplished a lot. She started life as one of 8 children (2 girls and 6 boys) born to a single-parent pastoralist mother in the remote village of Simanjiro, in Manyara Region. Her mother was unable to pay to send her to school but Sarah was lucky enough, and smart enough, to win a scholarship to attend Maasai Girls Lutheran Secondary School.

Her academic performance and her enthusiasm to improve the lives of those around her lead her to win a scholarship to attend Sokoine University of Agriculture where she attained a Bachelors Degree in Rural Development. After her studies, she volunteered with a group helping to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation) in the pastoralist communities of Tanga region.

When I asked what education meant to her, her answer blew me away. “Education is like lighting a candle. You can see the many possibilities the world has to offer.” Her personal passion is food security, something seldom found in pastoralist (cattle grazing) communities. “I am VERY ambitious” she told me “I want to eradicate food insecurity across my country. I just want to see EVERYONE smile”. She made me smile! Its people like Sarah that inspire me to keep coming back to do what I do.

Watch for more posts this week as we prepare ourselves for our field project work at Emanyata Secondary School starting early next week. Lots of preparation to ensure we can have the biggest impact possible when we get there. Thanks for joining me on this journey. Your Rafiki, Jacky.
Sarah updating M&E system data at PWC
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