TEMBO Newsletter - July 2019
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First, a degree.

Now, a job!
Just like many new graduates in Canada, 23 year old Witness was worried that she might not find a job. Two months ago she completed her studies in Education and she was ready to put all that learning into application.

With the support of TEMBO, Witness completed secondary school, graduating from Form 6 at Iringa Advanced Secondary School. From there, she went on to earn her B.A. in Education at Ruaha Catholic University, specializing in English and Geography.

Witness has been connected with TEMBO since her father passed away in 2011. Her aunt asked TEMBO to support her niece and TEMBO agreed by paying for Witness’ school fees and supplies, school uniform and more. During secondary school, Witness attended TEC (TEMBO English Camp) twice and she credits this experience with improved English skills, increased confidence, learning to cooperate with other girls, and sharing ideas.

After completing her teacher training, Witness focused her attention on finding a job. In a competitive job market, this is not an easy task. "I am willing to travel anywhere in Tanzania for a position that suits my qualifications." While searching, she taught in the Preform 1 program at LIL (TEMBO’s Longido Learning Centre) where she taught 20 girls and boys. How does she like teaching? “I like the students because they show cooperation,” she says. “Although,” she adds, “Sometimes they disturb you when you are teaching because they like to play.”

Just prior to releasing this newsletter, Witness notified TEMBO that she had accepted a teaching position in Mwanza. She was very excited as she packed her bag and headed off for what we hope will be a prosperous and rewarding career for Witness.
15 GIRLS PROJECT: read more stories about the hopes, dreams and challenges of TEMBO-sponsored girls on our website.
PASS 2019: 50 girls gain confidence
and support for secondary school

The PASS (Primary and Secondary Success) is offered each year to ~50 girls from 12 different primary schools in Longido District. The girls spend 10 weeks at TEMBO in an academic support program that helps to prepare them for their studies in secondary school. 

"I like this program because I get to learn many subjects like English, Math, Geography and Biology."
~ Mwarabui, age 14

"The food is really good. We have chai and porridge in the morning. At lunch, we eat ugali and cabbage. For dinner, we have makande. On Sunday, we eat pilau. This is a good day!"
~ Pendo, age 13

"We sleep in the hostel. I am in Mikumu room. Every morning, we sweep the compound. I like the hostel because it is big and beautiful."
~ Margaret, age 13

"Yesterday, we made banana bread in the solar oven. It was good. We learned about solar energy from our teacher of geography."
~ Angel, age 14

TEMBO’s Annual signature event was very successful again this year.  It was a gorgeous fall day, and the Unitarian Church was decorated in the bright colours of an African marketplace.

We were fortunate indeed to have Shirley Siegel speak about her experiences in Longido.  She described her significant contribution to the development of TEMBO staff in Tanzania, and she related some wonderful stories from her time in the village.  There was a buzz in the marketplace around some of the new items made from African fabric, as well as some of the fashion forward jewelery from designers in Arusha.  The auction featured a wide range of pieces from local artists and crafters, gift baskets, and much more. 
And of course, there was a wonderful lunch catered by Yasmin Syrian Cooking. 
But this year the Luncheon was a special celebration.  Over the last 15 years, with the generous support of our donors (many of whom are regulars at the Luncheon), TEMBO has a great deal to celebrate:

  • We have sponsored nearly 400 girls in secondary school;
  • We have sponsored 120 girls in vocational programs;
  • 268 girls aged 13-25 have attended PASS and received the academic support they so desperately need as the prepare to start secondary school;
  • Nearly 300 women have benefitted from multiple micro-finance loans;
  • 90 women are currently in the goat program;
  • The entire community of Longido has access to rich programs at the Longido District Learning Centre.

It was wonderful to take a moment at the Luncheon to reflect on these achievements and the impact they have had on not only the people directly involved, but also their extended families and the community at large.
This was a very successful event: it provided an opportunity to share stories of girls and women in Tanzania, and it raised over $16,000!  Perhaps the real success is that this money will change the lives of girls and women in Longido District by giving them opportunities that allow them to achieve their dreams.  It is remarkable to think that a gathering in Ottawa has that power in Longido!


In celebration of our 15th Anniversary, TEMBO Canada is launching the $15 Month Club. 

$15 buys 15 buckets for girls in our academic enrichment programs.

GOAL: 100 members at $15/month = $1,500

For as little as $15 a month, you can help TEMBO provide a bowl of porridge for children in a nursery school class, put books on the shelves of the Learning Centre or buy a 'toiletries pack' for a girl staying in the TEMBO Hostel.

3 reasons for becoming a monthly donor:

It's affordable - just $15 a month - and convenient with monthly deductions set up in advance.

You help TEMBO plan for long-term sustainability and you help us reduce our administrative costs, which means more funds for girls and women in northern Tanzania.

You join 99 other people who are part of the campaign helping women and girls have a brighter future.


DECEMBER 3, 2019

On Giving Tuesday, join us in our efforts to create educational opportunities for women and girls. Together, we can make a meaningful impact in the the Longido community.  

Support one of TEMBO's projects - girls' education, microfinance business for women, the Longido District Learning Centre. 

Mark your calendars for December 3rd and join a global movement to bring about change.

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