TEMBO Newsletter - February 2018
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"My name is Pili. I live in Longido. I completed primary school last year. Then I came to PASS (Primary and Secondary Success Program) at TEMBO and today I am going to Form 1."


121 Girls Sponsored for Secondary School in 2018

Thanks to the support of our donors in 2017, TEMBO Canada is now sponsoring 121 girls in secondary school including 25 new girls for Form I. In January, the TEMBO Trust staff worked with the families and girls to help prepare them for school. This included a trip to Arusha to purchase 25 trunks, mattresses, pillows and more. Girls then came to TEMBO to be outfitted for their new school uniforms. When asked what they had been doing to prepare for school, Nyekonde replied that she had gone shopping for supplies with her mum. "I had to buy notebooks and (she giggles) underwear." Jesca, another Form I student, headed off to Namanga to buy a new pink track suit with her older sister. 

 Form I girls had fun trying on their new school uniforms at TEMBO Trust.

Paulina Sumayani, Executive Director of TEMBO Trust, works with the families to be sure they know what the girls need and what is expected over the course of the next four years. "We ask the parents to provide small items such as fare to school or notebooks. For some it can be very hard to even do this."  

We wish the girls every success with another year of schooling. As Nyekonde headed off, she called back to say "I am strong and I am serious. I am prepared."


TEMBO Canada congratulates all 32 girls who recently completed their Form II national exams - yes, that is 100% of the girls who sat the national exam last November.

As well, congrats to the 15 girls who passed their Form IV national exams (taken last November) and received a leaving certificate. Special merit goes to Paulina, Nakaji and Nashapai who completed their exams with distinction and are now preparing for advanced level studies. Many of the Form IV leavers now have an opportunity to explore post-secondary education in a vocational training program such as hotel management or rural development. 

A few of the girls were recently at TEMBO to talk about their education plans with our staff.

Left to right: Irene (year 1, Records Management) Magdalena (Rural Development program), Iveta (year 1, Animal Husbandry), Paulina (Form IV Certificate) and Sarah (Form IV Certificate)


Ngaiso comes from Sinya, a remote traditional Maasai village in Longido District. After she finished primary school, she faced her first challenge. Being the firstborn in a family of five children, Ngaiso knew she would have difficulty persuading her father to allow her to pursue her dream. She really wanted to go to secondary school; her father wanted her to get married.

Fortunately, Ngaiso’s primary teachers in Sinya helped bridge the divide and, with TEMBO’s financial support, she headed off to secondary school. She completed Form IV in 2016. After that she worked as a cook for TEMBO during the TEMBO English Camp, and then as a cook for a researcher in her village and for a family with a newborn.

Now she is off to school again. With TEMBO’s support, she will study livestock management at Kilachi Vocational Training College. 

What does Ngaiso hope to do after college? “I hope to go back and help my father. It will be a lesson to him that education is more profitable than anything!”

First LIL Day held on  February 6th, 2018

Showcasing Learning Opportunities for All

On February 6, Learning in Longido (LIL) devoted a special day to showcase student success and the many learning opportunities available to the community. What better way to celebrate the many achievements of the Longido District Learning Centre!

Funded by TEMBO Canada and officially opened in February 2015, the Learning Centre is a hub of activity for the entire Longido community where young and old learners gather to further their informal education. It houses a children’s and adult library, a computer lab, a resource centre for independent learners, classrooms and meeting rooms.  It is a space for preschool classes, adult literacy classes, community meetings, and it  accommodates a host of school children who love to drop in after school to use the library.

“LIL Day was a day to market LiL and tell people what we are running. We did this through a speech and we showed them through our representative students”, said Leah Kisambu, Project Coordinator. "People pass around the Learning Center and see the nice building but they don't know what is inside the building." A school official who came with other guests said, "I see you are doing  wonderful work! I am always passing around but I didn't know that you are running these wonderful programs."

LIL Day was indeed a day to celebrate learning. Preschool children performed songs and dances and worked on puzzles and crafts. Primary children practiced their reading in Swahili and English, created lego maps and conducted an electricity experiment.

Students in the computer club demonstrated their skills including how to create pictures using 'Paint' while secondary students showcased the grey water filter materials they learned about in a workshop. The community had a chance to learn more about Open University  and women in the literacy class proudly demonstrated their newly learned skills in reading, writing, and numeracy.

The District Education Officer, Mr. Mtera, in his address, congratulated the Learning Centre on its many achievements. Celebrations continued with dancing and singing.

LIL Day was a great success and a great way to celebrate a place where learning brings the community together.

Big Soul Project to Lift their Voices for TEMBO

Join us when Ottawa’s beloved Big Soul Project Choir and Deep Groove Band raises the roof in support of TEMBO projects for girls and women in Northern Tanzania.

On Saturday, April 7, the 150 member choir performs at Southminster United Church,15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.

Under the dynamic leadership of Roxanne Goodman, Big Soul performs music with roots in R&B, Gospel, Soul, Rock and Motown. Songs such as “Everybody”, “Grace Like Rain” and “Lean on Me” are typical songs in their repertoire.

The theme of the evening is “One Voice” where voices from Canada and Tanzania will come together The audience will not only be uplifted by Big Soul, but also by video song recordings performed by TEMBO-sponsored girls and women in Longido.

TEMBO hopes that you will join us for this joyful concert in celebration of all the positive projects that are having a profound impact on girls and women.

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family about the concert.

Ticket information: $20

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