IEFT

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:
Private Secondary School
Population served:
Students are primarily Maasai youth from neighboring villages. 78% of households in these communities live below the poverty line. The student body is 53% female and 47% 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:
2015 - 100%

IEFT is raising money for 20 students' school expenses. 18 have have been fully funded so far.

  • Einoti

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    Einoti

    Tanzania

    Self-assured and active, Einoti is a dedicated student with a great sense of humor. She confidently leads her peers in group discussions, and she consistently brings a positive attitude and discipline to the classroom. Einoti is one of six children, and she will be the first girl in her family to attend secondary school. Her father is a security guard and her mother sells maize at the market, but the family often struggles to make ends meet as they also support Einoti’s grandmother and other extended family members.

    School Year 2019

  • Papaa

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    Papaa

    Tanzania

    A quiet leader, Papaa is initially shy but often steps up to take the initiative and motivate his peers. He is curious and calm, and his determination to continue his education is unwavering. Pappa is a natural athlete, and most enjoys playing football and dancing. To support their three children, Papaa’s father works as an accountant and his mother works as a primary school teacher.

    School Year 2019

  • Sereti

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    Sereti

    Tanzania

    Sereti’s parents are both subsistence farmers — cultivating crops and raising livestock. Sereti helps her family on their farm during the weekend. Her father has three wives and many children. Sereti is the youngest of five, having one brother and three sisters. None of Sereti’s other siblings were given the opportunity to go to secondary school. Instead, they were all married immediately after finishing primary school. Sereti hopes to be able to contribute to her family and make them proud by becoming the first in her family to complete secondary school.

    School Year 2018

  • Melubo

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    Melubo

    Tanzania

    Melubo resides in Lashaine Village with his large family. His father works as a security guard and his family has a small farm that grows maize and beans. His father is also a the chair of Orkeeswa School's parents' committee. After school he hopes to teach history and English, two of his favorite subjects, to secondary school students. When he's not studying, Melubo enjoys playing basketball.

    School Year 2016

  • Veronica

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    Veronica

    Tanzania

    Veronica’s father has mental health problems and is mostly absent in the lives of his two wives and eleven children. Since her mother moved far away for work, Veronica and her other siblings live with their father’s second wife who supports the children by collecting and selling firewood in Monduli. However, she struggles to pay for expenses such as school fees. Veronica hopes to be able to finish secondary school and set a good example for her younger brother, who has just started at Orkeeswa in Pre-Form One.

    School Year 2017

  • Sechota

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    Sechota

    Tanzania

    Sechota has lived in Monduli Town with her grandmother and grandfather since her parents died many years ago. Her grandparents support her and her 5 other siblings on their subsistence farm. However, because they are quite old and have little money, they struggle to contribute to their grandchildren’s education. Sechota’s older sister finished secondary school and is now studying computer science at a certificate program. Sechota hopes to be able to also succeed in secondary school so that she can send her younger siblings to primary school.

    School Year 2017

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