TEMBO Newsletter - February 2021
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January marks the start of a new school year in Tanzania. Currently, TEMBO is sponsoring 153 girls for secondary school from Form 1 to Form 5. Many girls in rural Tanzania face significant challenges as they complete primary school including forced marriage, early pregnancy and poverty. Thanks to the support of our donors during the 'Give Her a Chance' campaign (December 2020), TEMBO is able to sponsor 42 girls in Form 1 and provide each girl with a new school uniform, a trunk and bedding, toiletries and a backpack filled with books and school supplies.

Witness James - Longido Village

Fourteen year old Witness James and her family have had to face many challenges. When her father and mother separated, her mom was left alone to raise Witness and her younger brother. Her mom, suffering from diabetes which resulted in blindness, was forced to move in with an aunt to support them.

Witness is happy that she got support from TEMBO so that she could attend Longido Secondary School. She wants to work hard and get a good job so that she can help her family and live a good life.
Hanna Lession -  Kamwanga Village
Nineteen year old, Hanna Lession, has a special distinction in her family. She is the youngest of four girls and the only one in the family to attend secondary school. Her father never attended school and her mother and sisters did not go beyond primary school (Standard 7).

Hanna is currently in Form 2 at Tingatinga Secondary School, near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She loves all the sciences - BIology, Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture and Math and she devotes many hours to her studies. Hanna is determined to pass all her levels and  go on to university, with medicine in mind. She has set her goals at getting a good job so that she can help her parents and herself.

Although she loves to return to her village to see her family, Hanna knows that school is a better environment for her to study hard. At home, she must spend time fetching water and firewood and getting supplies from the farmers. “If you stay at home,” she says, “there is not enough time to study.”


TEMBO congratulates the 35 girls who completed Form 4 last fall and wrote the Tanzanian national exam. These exams are very demanding and the girls need to be well prepared. This year, all of the girls achieved excellent results with more than 30% of the girls attaining Division 1 and 2 (highest levels).

When Anna heard about her results, she ''screamed and danced' her way home.  Perhaps she is still jumping for joy as she waits for the government allocation to Form 5 and advanced studies. Others are dreaming of college that will start later this year.

Maria is recognized for her achievements in Math
at her school graduation in November 2020.

How one sewing machine

can help an entire village


In December 2020, nineteen women graduated from the two year tailoring program at the Longido Learning Center. After completing the program, the women were eager to use their basic sewing skills to start a small business in their villages.  The Board of Learning in Longido developed a transition program and, in January 2021, each village group (Ranch, Kimikouwa, Oltepesi and Oldorko) received one sewing machine and supplies so that they could develop a small local tailoring business.

In his address to the graduates, Board member, Ivone Staely, said, “You have been given another cow and you will need to care for this so that it gives you more milk.” Just like caring for their cows, he encouraged them to care for the machines so that they would continue to provide a source of income for the women and their families.

In their villages, the women will use the machines to provide basic services to the families in their communities - services such as sewing school uniforms and other clothing, attaching name tags, doing basic repairs and more. They have taken to heart Ivone’s words of caring for the machines by finding a safe place to store them when not in use.

One of the tailoring graduates, Nageli, thanked the donors for their hard work and support. “We promise to use the skills that we have received from this program,” she said. 

Over the past two years, the women in the tailoring program, under the careful tutelage of their teacher, Grace, have learned many advanced skills, including making pleats, shirt collars, button holes, and installing zippers.  They have made school skirts, shirts, shorts and dresses for their daughters and more. And all of this was accomplished on treadle machines.

The Chairperson of LIL, Sara, congratulated the women, “We are happy to see you have changed economically, mentally and physically”. She thanked them for being the first women to participate in the program.

A new tailoring class has just started with 20 women from three villages - Ranch, Oldorko and Kimokouwa. These women will assuredly be inspired by the success of the first class of tailoring graduates.

Please  join us for our upcoming virtual speaker series.
On February 16thSally Armstrong, author of Power Shift: The Longest Revolution, will discuss how humankind requires the equal status of women and girls.
Tickets: $25

On International Women's Day - March 8th - TEMBO will host Eight on Eight, a panel presentation with 8 voices, 4 from Tanzania and 4 from Canada, discussing gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. This event is sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women. 
Tickets: Free.

On April 20th, Tim Martin,  former Canadian Ambassador, diplomat and author of Moral Hazards, will present Unfinished Business: Women's Power and Potential through the International Security Lens.
Tickets: $25
Purchase a ticket for the Speaker Series (all 3) for just $40.

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