Padre is a student from Tanzania. He needs $1200 by July 1, 2020 to stay in school and is currently 52% toward his goal.

Raised $627 from 3 donors Needs $573

About

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.

Where your donation goes

Total $1200
  • Food
    $100
  • School Supplies
    $240
  • Tuition
    $860

Padre's Funding history

Year Grade Receipt Status
2020 Form 3
2019 Form 3
2018 Form 2

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Dear TSF sponsors,

This is Tunu, the Communications and Development Manager at Orkeeswa School.

I hope you are doing well and staying safe in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

In case you didn't get our newsletter, Orkeeswa School has taken the following steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
* Closed the school on Monday, March 16 in anticipation that cases would soon be confirmed in Tanzania
* Ahead of that, we educated students and staff about the virus, social distancing, and other preventative measures they could start taking immediately
* Created and distributed Swahili informational materials to share with families and community members.
If you have any questions about Orkeeswa during this time, please let us know.

While this is a unique time globally, we are working hard to make sure we keep things on track with Orkeeswa School, and that includes keeping our Scholarship Program updated and in full operation.

Padre begun his 10th-grade this year, which is a decisive one in the Tanzanian education system. It is the last year of Ordinary Level education (O-Level) and is important in determining whether the student will continue on to Advanced Level (A-level) studies, which are the final two years of high school. While most Orkeeswa students will continue on to the 11th and 12th grades, completing 10th grade is an important milestone that we are eager to see them reach.   

The 10th grade finishes with National Examinations, so it is often filled with extra review sessions and diligent studying. One of the main topics of discussion in our life skills classes, which is also Padre’s favorite class, has been about our values and responsibilities as an Orkeeswa School student. Padre is engaged in an ongoing conversation as an important part of learning how to manage a busy schedule and maintain perspective during a stressful season of life.

“My friends and I work together and in time bounded in order to achieve our goals” Padre said. “We hope to pass our national exams, and through the skills we have gained and the help of our teachers and each other we will succeed” he added. It is evident that Padre is dedicated to his studies, and we are so happy to see that he is engaging in his preparations with regard to his responsibilities and values as an Orkeeswa School student. We are so proud of him for all of his hard work leading up to the 10th grade, and we are excited to see how he and his classmates do in their exams at the end of the year!

Attached is a photo of Padre and his classmates during a project preparation.

Thank you for supporting Padre's education at Orkeeswa School!

With Gratitude,
Tunu and Orkeeswa School
Dear TSF sponsors,

This is Samantha, the Scholarship Coordinator at Orkeeswa School, writing on Padre's behalf! Padre is currently in the 9th Grade, and he's been learning a lot in his Life Skills classes about meditation and mindfulness to help him succeed both in and outside the classroom.

I thought you would like to hear what he had to say about this topic!

"We have also been discussing mindfulness and the importance of having a growth mindset. When you have a fixed mindset, you don’t want to change or think of new ideas, but a person with a growth mindset is open to new ideas. Another part of being mindful is practicing mediation. When you meditate, you sit down to concentrate on one thing at a time and you don’t allow other things to distract you. Sometimes I think it is really hard not to get distracted, but I try. I use meditation when I have an exam because it helps me get relaxed!" - Padre

Thank you so much for supporting Padre's education at Orkeeswa School!

With gratitude,

Sam, Padre, and Orkeeswa School
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