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About

Among the youngest in her class, Elizabeth is a motivated, confident young woman. The first in her family to attend secondary school, Elizabeth is already bringing her education to her family, as she regularly tutors her younger sister at home, in addition to helping with her regular daily chores. Curious and witty, Elizabeth loves participating in hands-on science projects and performing in the school’s choir, dance and drama groups. Elizabeth’s parents are young and very supportive of Elizabeth’s education, but lack the means to support her with school fees and other basic expenses.

Where your donation goes

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

Elizabeth's Funding history

Year Grade Receipt Status
2020 Form 4
2019 Form 4
2018 Form 3

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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.

Elizabeth has participated in some unique opportunities that we would like to share with you.
As you know, she has completed her 10th grade studies and sat for her National Exams last fall. Results from the Ministry of Education are in, and congratulations are in order as the class has 100% pass mark. We are very proud of them!

While waiting for their exam results, Elizabeth and her classmates participated in an introductory workshop for Orkeeswa School Entrepreneurship Program. Students were introduced to the world of entrepreneurship through hands-on and practical lessons that taught them how to think like entrepreneurs, write a business plan, and present their ideas to investors, partners, or community leaders. Elizabeth and her partners’ business was a bookstore called 'African Dreamers', specializing in African poetry books.

After the winter break, Elizabeth was back on campus to spend the next five months doing Orkeeswa Community Service, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Elizabeth and her classmates will each complete at least 300 hours of community service in local primary schools, participate in an innovation workshop with our partner organization, Twende, to design prototypes that address community challenges, and build on their recent Entrepreneurship workshop by exploring entrepreneurship as a career pathway and further develop their business ideas.

As you can see, this period of time between the 10th and 11th grades is a unique opportunity for Elizabeth and her classmates to get hands-on, real-world experience in the community as leaders and entrepreneurs, and we are excited to share with you more about her experience later this year!

After the programs, Elizabeth and her classmates will continue with their final two years of secondary education at Orkeeswa School. A few may continue at other secondary schools, and some will enroll in post-secondary certificate programs for things like Elementary Education, Agriculture, Nursing, etc. We look forward to keeping you updated on Elizabeth’s progress and her plans moving forward.

Attached is a photo of Elizabeth when presenting to the potential sponsors of her business on the final day of the entrepreneur workshop.

Thank you for being an integral part of her personal growth as a scholar and leader!

With Gratitude,
Tunu and Orkeeswa School
Hi, TSF Sponsors!

This is Samantha, the Scholarship Coordinator at Elizabeth's School, sending an update on her behalf. Elizabeth moved on to the 9th grade in January, and she has spent the past few months completing dynamic, team-based group work with her peers while learning about collaboration, which is one of Orkeeswa School’s core values.

I sat down with Elizabeth recently to ask her how she collaborates with peers both in and outside the classroom, and I thought you might like to hear some of her insights on this topic.

"Collaboration is when two people meet and talk with each other. Collaboration is very important because people can communicate together and do many things that they could never do alone! When we work together, we can help our community because we can learn from each other, and educate other people in our society. Our ideas will spread to others and create change if we just communicate and listen to one another.

I collaborate with my friends by studying with them whenever I need help or we have an exam coming up. We study by ourselves, and then after we finish studying, we close our books and discuss what we read together until we understand. I couldn’t pass if I tried to do it all by myself! Succeeding takes many people, like students and teachers, working together to gain knowledge."

Thank you for your continued support of Elizabeth as she continues in her educational journey at Orkeeswa School!

With gratitude,

Samantha (on behalf of Elizabeth)

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