Sarah is a student from Tanzania. She needs $1200 by July 31, 2022 to stay in school and is currently 15% toward her goal.

Raised $190 from 4 donors Needs $1010

About

Having grown up with her siblings and cousins under one roof after the passing of her uncle, Sarah knows the importance of family and kindness. Sarah is confident and well-spoken, and she is always ready to lend a helping-hand to others. As a true helper and lover of Biology, Sarah hopes to continue to take care of others by becoming a nurse.

Where your donation goes

Total $1200
  • Food
    $100
  • School Supplies
    $162
  • Tuition
    $938

Sarah's Funding history

Year Grade Receipt Status
2022 Form 6
2021 Form 5
2020 Form 4

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Dear TSF Sponsors,

I hope you are doing well.

Sarah is in her final 12th Grade term at Orkeeswa School, an important milestone in her secondary education as she looks ahead to her 12th Grade graduation in June.

Sarah recently shared some of her experiences during her past seven years at Orkeeswa School, and I thought you might like to hear her thoughts and see some photos from her early days as an Orkeeswa student.

"When I was in 6th grade, I was scared due to my inability to speak fluent English. I was always quiet because I was afraid of being caught speaking Swahili. After a couple of months of intense English language learning, I mastered it."

"At Orkeeswa, I am presented with opportunities that will help me beyond secondary school. The skills, like confidence and communication, that I learned from sports, activities, and the friendships I had here, have prepared me to cope with life after Orkeeswa."

"Orkeeswa students are different from students at other schools. I enjoyed being at Orkeeswa. Not only was I challenged to learn a new language fast, but I was also taught skills that help me live with people from different parts of the world. In addition, I am now in a better position as a girl to stand up for myself because I know my rights."

Thank you for your incredible support of Sarah throughout her education. You have been a big part of her accomplishments as a scholar and leader, and we look forward to keeping you updated on her upcoming 12th-grade graduation in June, her involvement in our Post-12th Grade Program, and her plans for after secondary school.

Sincerely,
Orkeeswa School
Dear TSF Sponsors,

Thank you very much for your contribution towards Sarah's education at Orkeeswa School via The School Fund's Scholarship Match Day! Together, we are contributing to support high-quality education for our amazing students in rural Tanzania, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you again for your generosity and support of Orkeeswa School and our students!

With Gratitude,
Sarah and Orkeeswa School
Dear TSF,

This is Tunu, the Communications and Development Manager at Orkeeswa School.
 
I hope that you are doing well in the midst of this crazy time in our world. Orkeeswa students have returned from their winter break, and are already busy with classes, activities, and athletics. With the new school year underway, I wanted to give you an update on Sarah, who is doing well this year in the 11th grade.

As part of our Advanced-Level program (11th and 12th grades) at Orkeeswa School, each student has the opportunity to serve and lead the younger Orkeeswa students through tutoring, sports, and activities. Through Orkeeswa School Mentorship program, our 11th grade class also has the opportunity to lead weekly lessons and activities with our newest class of 6th graders. It has been great to see our students develop and realize their leadership potential at school and in their community through these meaningful interactions!

We sat down with Sarah to reflect on her leadership at school and in her community, I thought you would like to hear what she has to say!  

"Leadership means helping others, taking risks as well as being creative. I apply my skills in making decisions, solving problems creatively while helping the younger students by talking to and teaching them. I use my leadership skills to also encourage young leaders. I teach leadership through behaving well, encouraging and motivating them, getting to know what problems they have and try to assist them. I practice my leadership skills especially to the younger kids in school and to my younger siblings since I am the elder sister." 

"I mentor and have frequent talks with kids here at school and my siblings at home on how to behave properly, respecting other people , younger and older and working hard on their studies. In my family they see me as a leader because of my level of education. In my community, I practice leadership through community service and through it, I made an impact on the community.” 

Thank you for your continued support of Sarah's education. Your scholarship provides the experiences, resources and encouragement needed for Sarah to reach her full potential as a scholar and a leader, demonstrated in her engagement and influence in the community and on campus as an A-Level student.

Attached is a photo of Sarah at school mentoring some of our newest students in 6th Grade.

With Gratitude,
Tunu and Orkeeswa School
Dear TSF sponsors,

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

I hope this email finds you all well and healthy, especially during this difficult time in our world. As you may be aware, Orkeeswa School reopened in June after we made several changes on campus to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. 

Sarah is doing well and is excited to be back in school catching up with her studies. She is currently focused on covering her 11th Grade topics, and in Life Skills she is learning about Decision Making - choices and its consequences. She has written a letter to check in with you and your families, as well as share with you an update on what she is doing in class. You should receive the letter soon!

We look forward to keeping you updated on Sarah's progress this year, and thank you for your continued support in her education. We are so thankful for your partnership, which has been even more critical this year during the pandemic, ensuring we can stay on track with our mission to provide the highest-quality education to our students. 

Attached is a recent photo of Sarah at school.

With Gratitude,
Tunu and Orkeeswa School
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.

Sarah 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, Sarah 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. Sarah and her partners’ business was a store called Born to Shine and Share, specialized in making simple bags and jewelries.

After the winter break, Sarah was back on campus to spend the next five months doing Orkeeswa Community Service, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Sarah 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 Sarah 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, Sarah 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 Sarah’s progress and her plans moving forward.

Attached is a photo of Sarah and her business partners working on their business proposal.

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

With Gratitude,
Tunu and Orkeeswa School

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