The launch of our Pilot Project: Girls Sponsorship Program

Girls Sponsorship Program

Working with our partners Made With Hope we have launched a pilot of the new girl’s sponsorship programme. The aim of this project works towards Made with Hope’s and Ndoto in Action goal as a charity of increasing access to education for students in rural Tanzania. Made with Hope and NIA are passionate about empowering girls and ensuring girls have equal and inclusive access to education and opportunities despite the barriers they face. When we empower girls through education we can transform their communities and pass on the benefits to their children and to their children’s children. Education is key to escaping poverty and increasing a child’s opportunities in life. For this purpose, we piloted the new girl’s sponsorship programme. The pilot project involved 5 female students from Marurani primary school and 5 female students from Mzimuni Primary school.

Most of the pupils who attend Marurani and Mzimuni Primary school are coming from families with very low incomes who are not able to provide their children with the basic uniform and equipment needed to attend school. These students then attend school in no uniforms, barefoot, and with little or no stationery to make notes.

Some students even end up missing school since they have to go and work so that they have to go and work so that they can earn some money to cover the cost of school uniforms, stationery supplies and food.

Students can end up having to wear dirty uniforms to school as they can only afford one set. Students were also turning up to school hungry because their families struggle to afford food. Being hungry prevents children from being able to concentrate and learn. Being comfortable, clean and prepared for school is very important in creating an effective and optimal learning environment. No child should have to miss out on their education just because they are worrying about affording clothing, stationery and food.

The NIA Team worked closely with Marurani and Mzimuni schools to identify pupils who are in desperate need by taking into consideration their background and home situation. The teachers, who know the students best, advised NIA on their home life. After the recommendation from teachers, the NIA team and teachers visited the pupils’ homes so as to understand their unique needs and the challenges they faced in their home. This led to the selection of 10 pupils from the partner schools who formed part of the pilot project.

Once the NIA Team identified different needs of the 10 students, they then worked to identify suppliers in the local community who could provide the items. 

Items that the girls received in their sponsorship packages:

  • School uniform.
  • Socks
  • Pairs of black shoes.
  • Sweaters.
  • Stationery (Exercise books, pencils, pens).
  • Food packages for the household
  • Toiletries 
  • Back pack

These items were identified as vital in enabling girls to attend school and access the education they deserve.

The supplies were distributed to the targeted students in different phases as follows;

Phase 1: NIA Team and partner schools invited the parents and guardians of the beneficiaries to the schools for the handover of the supplies to the beneficiaries. Parents/ guardians were urged to take good care of the supplies and guide the pupils on the proper use of the supplies to make it last longer. 

Phase 2: Pupils took photos in their new uniforms, shoes, and bags

Phase 3: NIA team delivered food packages to the beneficiaries’ homes: This has been a very good feeling for all families as they usually cannot afford three meals a day which leads these students to go to school every day without eating and fail to concentrate while in the

We hope to run the project full scale after the positive impact we have seen from the pilot project.

Thank you for reading,

Written by Eve Stanislawski

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