TEMBO Newsletter - May 2021
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Kujali kwa Wasichana - Girl Care

A secure place to live. A place where a young girl won't be forced into early marriage and pregnancy. A place where girls can pursue their dreams.

Kujali kwa Wasichana is the Swahili term for Girl Care, a TEMBO program that was developed in response to a need in the community. The TEMBO Girls' Hostel provides a safe place for at-risk girls to stay in a nurturing environment while continuing their studies.

Girls in the program are there for a variety of reasons.

Some of them have completed Pre-Form 1 and need a safe place to stay before they start secondary school. At this stage some are highly vulnerable to the cultural pressure of early marriage.

Other girls in Girl Care are in secondary school but need a safe place to study during breaks.

Others cannot return home because their families struggle to provide basic necessities.

Then there are those girls who have finished Form 4 and are awaiting allocation to college. These young women may be at high risk of forced marriage if they return to their villages.

Noorkorianga, Sara and Martha all fit this last category. As they wait for their college placements, they are staying at the Girls' Hostel where they can safely prepare for college. They are learning valuable skills in the computer program at at the Longido District Learning Centre.

"The hostel is a safe place where I can
pursue my dream of becoming a nurse."

Sara Supeet, age 18, from Kiserian Village completed her secondary schooling at Lekule Girls School.  Her father has five wives and 35 children. As Sara waits for her college placement, she believes that she could be forced into marriage if she returns to her village. With the guidance of staff workers Paulina and Mary, she is learning how to respect people and how to solve conflict. Sara is developing confidence in how to say “NO” if her rights are being violated.

"I am worried about what life would be like if I went home.
The men will see that I am big,and I am ready to get married.”

Noorkorianga Pashina, age 18, is from Kiserian Village and the eldest of six children.  After she graduated from Tingatinga Secondary School, she joined the Girl Care Program because she feared that if she returned home she would be married. Noorkorianga feels safe at the hostel and she is confident that the  skills she is acquiring in the computer program at the Longido District Learning Centre will help her when she pursues studies in community development.

"The computer classes at LIL are helping me to prepare for a career."

Martha Kuyo, 19, from Longido Village completed Form 4 at Tingatinga Secondary School. She is the second of five children and the first in the family to complete secondary school. Martha stays at the hostel because it is too difficult to study at home. The Girl Care program allows her to focus on her dream of becoming a secretary. She feels that her life is enriched by learning from staff about human rights, especially the rights of girls.

These three young women are at a pivotal point in their lives. The TEMBO Girl Care program is there to help them prepare for the next stage of their educational journey.  By providing safety, food, shelter, basic hygiene needs, computer skills and personal counselling and support, Kujali kwa Wasichani supports these girls to pursue their dreams.


Noah, Paulo and Mathayo never had the opportunity to go to school. But now, the Longido District Learning Centre is giving them a second chance. The three men from Simanjiro in Manyara are self-taught businessmen and pastors but they all wanted to have formal education. Because they are adults, they did not have many options. When they heard from a friend about the adult learning program at the Longido District Learning Centre, they came to inquire if it were true. They started their studies in February 2021 and with the help of the staff, they plan to join the Qualifying Test program next year. If they pass, they can continue to study independently and sit for their secondary school national exams.

The men joined another adult learner, Zakaria Nydayai from Kiserian. In 2018, Zakaria had been studying in secondary school when he became seriously ill. Now, after a long convalescence, he has resumed his studies at the Longido District Learning Centre. He lives with his sister in Longido and he is sponsored by Compassion International Baptist Church who pays for a science tutor for him.

 “My dream is to be a doctor so that I will come
to help diabetes patients like me,” says Zakaria.

We wish all the best for these committed adult learners. 

The Serengeti Challenge:

Over $29,000 Raised!

Just over 190km 'as the crow flies' from Longido, is the entryway to one of the world’s most significant ecosystems, the Serengeti National Park.  For ten days in May, it became the setting for TEMBO’s Serengeti Challenge, a virtual cycle/trek/run through the park.  The Challenge raised over $29,400.

Spanning over 30,000 square kilometers, the name Serengeti is the Maasai word meaning “endless plains”.  It is well-known for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebras.
This year, 61 participants and 15 teams cycled, walked and ran across the park virtually to raise funds for TEMBO.  Participants had a choice of routes: the 88km trek from the Naabi Hill Gate in the south to the Fort Ikoma Gate in the north for the “Elephant” medal; or the 140km route from the Naabi Hill Gate to the Bologonja Gate in the east for the “Gazelle” medal. Daily travelogues were provided to participants describing the experience along the way.

“These past 10 days had so much meaning” said Joanne Gosselin.  “Memories of Africa, friendship, community, seeing new trails and places in our own backyard and most of all heart-warming conversations.”


The $29,400 raised will go to support formal and informal educational opportunities for women and girls in the Longido region of Tanzania. In addition to earning virtual medals for distances travelled, participants also earned virtual medals for fundraising, with 4 teams and 7 individuals earning the top “Lion” medal for raising over $1,000.

Following the success of the Serengeti Challenge, and last year’s Climb Kilimanjaro challenge, TEMBO plans to make this an annual event.  “It’s a wonderful way to motivate people to get outside and be active in the Spring” says Melissa Clark, President of TEMBO Canada.  “And we’re thrilled we can continue supporting girls during these very difficult times”.

We hope you'll join us next year for TEMBO's spring 2022 challenge!



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