IEFT / Orkeswa School

Field Partner

IEFT operates Orkeeswa School, a top-performing secondary school located in an under-resourced Maasai village in rural Tanzania. Orkeeswa creates opportunities for students to become strong voices for change in their communities by offering high-quality, holistic education that promotes creativity, emphasizes community service, and nurtures students’ leadership capacity. Support from The School Fund allows IEFT to provide this high quality education at no cost to students.

Location:
Tanzania
Partner Type:
Population served:
Students are primarily Maasai youth from neighboring villages. 78% of households in these communities live below the poverty line. There are currently 303 students enrolled at IEFT of which 65% are female and 35% are male.
Student selection criteria:
Need and Merit. Approximately 15% of applicants are admitted.
Services provided:
School supplies, athletics, nutritious meals, health care, leadership development, community engagement, arts education, entrepreneurship training and career and college counseling.
TSF student promotion rate:
2018 - 100%
2017 - 91%
2016 - 100%
2015 - 100%
2014 - 100%

IEFT / Orkeswa School is raising money for 25 students' school expenses. 16 have been fully funded so far.

  • Cadeth

    56%

    Cadeth

    Tanzania

    Cadeth lives with his father, his father’s two wives and their many children. Cadeth is the oldest of his immediate siblings, and the first in his family to attend secondary school. Cadeth’s parents are farmers and support their families with their small subsistence farm and a few animals. Cadeth’s father also takes small jobs for extra money, such as driving a taxi motorbike.

    School Year 2020

  • Padre

    52%

    Padre

    Tanzania

    Padre excelled in primary school and was ranked number four in his class. However, with six children to take care of, his family struggles to make ends meet. There are very few resources at home and they often do not have enough food to feed their children. Since none of Padre’s older siblings had the opportunity to go to secondary school, he hopes to be the first in his family to graduate so that he can give back to his family and his community.

    School Year 2020

  • Amina

    68%

    Amina

    Tanzania

    Active and confident, Amina is a determined young woman who is very committed to her studies. In the classroom, she is a strong listener and a thoughtful student, crafting her answers and defending her points well. Smiley and curious, she asks questions frequently and is a leader amongst her peers. Amina lives with her step-mother and her father, who is a driver for Orkeeswa school.

    School Year 2020

  • Husna

    50%

    Husna

    Tanzania

    Husna is a bright and hardworking student, both academically and in sports. Husna is a member of the Tanzanian National Junior Girls' Basketball team, and has been known to say "Basketball is life." Husna was the first of her family to receive a secondary education, and she has made the most of this opportunity. Now, Husna spends her free time mentoring local primary students on the weekends in order to give back to her community.

    School Year 2020

  • Paulina

    50%

    Paulina

    Tanzania

    Quiet and curious, Paulina enjoys exploring her interests in geography and english class with a steadfast determination. As the oldest in her family, Paulina serves as a stellar example to her younger siblings. She can often be found studying with her friends, and she hopes to become a member of parliament and help build more durable homes in her community after graduation.

    School Year 2020

  • Rozi

    50%

    Rozi

    Tanzania

    Despite being one of thirteen children in her family, Rozi has no trouble standing out as an exemplary student at Orkeeswa. Rozi is a dedicated student with a love of language, history, and culture. Her favorite classes include English, History and Swahili, and she hopes to become a Swahili teacher after her education at Orkeeswa School to spread her love of language to others.

    School Year 2020

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