TEMBO Newsletter - August 2020
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EMPOWERING WOMEN


Noongishu Saitoti is a married Maasai woman who lives in the village of Oldorko where she cares for her six children. As a child, Noongishu’s family never sent her to school. But in adulthood, she did get an opportunity to join a literacy class offered by Learning in Longido.



Through this program, she heard about the Tailoring Program sponsored by LIL. She attended classes for two years. It wasn’t an easy journey. “My husband told me to drop the class,” she says. "I didn’t agree. I begged him to continue until I finished the two year program.”

 

In December 2020, she completed the program having acquired many valuable tailoring skills. After graduating, she and others in Oldorko village formed a sewing group and received a sewing machine and fabric to start her own business. Currently, she is making and repairing clothes in her village.

“When we were given machines from LIL," she says, "the community did not believe that we could sew clothes.” She recalls that one day a Maasai Warrior from another boma  was surprised to see her using the machine. He thought to himself, ‘I used to do things by just looking at how somebody does it. I watched a person riding a motorcycle and I became a driver. It will be the same with this machine. If Noongishu who has been in a boma with her Massai dresses and beads in her ears can run it, so can I.’ He asked to try out the machine and Noongishu agreed. But because he had no skills on how to do it, he found it difficult. He tried using the machine until he began to sweat but he never could work it properly. Then he said, ‘Ooh! It is well you got trained.’ For Noongishu, the moral of this story is that “Men think they can do everything even without training but this is not always true.”

Noongishu says that her husband, Saitoti Milya, respects what she is doing. “He asks me to repair his clothes and those of the boys who look after the goats and the cows.”  She is proud to report that so far, her tailoring business is now providing her with a small income.

EDUCATING GIRLS


A Student Returns to TEMBO as a Teacher

Riziki Solla, once a student at TEC (TEMBO English Camp), is now a TEC teacher. Riziki was first sponsored by TEMBO in 2011 and attended her first TEC in June 2011. She continued with her studies and attended TEC in 2012 and 2013.

She went on to finish Form 6 and then college, completing a diploma in secondary education with a focus on biology and nutrition in 2020.

This year she came back to TEC to teach Biology where she worked with the girls to review the unit on nutrition. “To be there as a teacher felt so great,” she says, “because education wasn’t easy for me. As girls we face some challenges.

TEC helped me practice English because I was a bit shy to speak English,” she says.  “Being in TEC helped improve my confidence. Also the subjects we were taught were related to our syllabus so the lessons helped us to improve our performance.”

What is your hope for the girls you are teaching in TEC?

“I think the girls in TEC get courage and see that it’s possible to be who you want to be. They even ask some questions so I encourage them to study hard, to be strong and patient and to focus to achieve their goals.”

TEMBO girls could have no better role model than Riziki who shows them the path to realize their dreams is through hard work and determination.

Tito was one of 113 TEMBO-sponsored girls who attended the TEMBO English Camp in June 2021:

" I like TEC because I learn new ideas and knowledge. I like that I don’t feel shy here. We learn about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I like the sports and games and I like to eat pilau and meat. But most of all, I like that I make different friends." (Tito, Form 3).

"We are very grateful to our donors for all the support in making this program happen and run again this year. The girls felt very happy for staying healthy and safe in the hostel for three weeks."

~ Paulina Sumayani, Executive Director, TEMBO (Tanzania)
 

Vocational Grads find Employment

Community Development, Tailoring, Secretarial Training, Animal Husbandry: these are some of the many vocational programs that 27 TEMBO-sponsored girls are currently taking. Some girls are about to graduate and others are just getting started. Most girls completed Form 4 before entering vocational college while some began their training before completing secondary school. All the girls want to have skills so that they can work and support their families. It is truly wonderful to see how far these girls have come. Let’s meet some of the girls who have graduated and are now working:

MEET IVETHA 

My name is Ivetha Tobias. I am the fifth of eight children. I completed a three year course in Animal Health and Production at Kilachi College of Agriculture and Livestock Training Centre in Moshi. I learned how to treat and care for domestic animals. I also gained entreprenuerial skills. I am currently working in an Agro-Vet in Longido.

“I like my job because it makes me learn different things about domestic animals like disease and treatment.”

 

 MEET AGNESS

My name is Agness Liaitayok. My father has two wives and 14 children. I took a two year course in Tailoring at TANGO College in Mbulu. I am currently working in a tailoring business in Longido.

"The practical and entrepreneurship skills I learned at college helped me become self-employed. I like making clothes for both men and women."

SAVE THE DATE
October 23rd, 2021

Join TEMBO Canada on Saturday, October 23rd for TEMBO: Today and Tomorrow, an informative and engaging webinar. This one-hour event will include videos of our project work in Tanzania followed by Q & A sessions as we explore the impact of our work in Longido.

Registration opens September 13th, 2021.
 
TEMBO'S ONLINE
SILENT AUCTION


October 13th - 24th

Amazing products and services available in our 2021 online auction.

100% of the proceeds supports women and girls in Longido District.
TURN REWARD POINTS INTO GIFT CARDS

AND HELP SUPPORT TEMBO

Did you know that you can redeem your credit card rewards into gift cards for national brands such as Lululemon, Petro Canada or Indigo?

"In just minutes, I was able to redeem points from my Optimum Card and receive a gift care for $25 to Indigo," say Rachel Borer, TEMBO volunteer. "I have opted to donate this gift card to TEMBO's Online Silent Auction and help raise funds for books for girls. I can't think of a better way to use my points."

Check out your points balance on your credit card or points card today and then explore the list of gift card options available. Once you have received the gift cards in the mail, please contact TEMBO at info@projectembo.org and we will add your donation to a growing list of items available in our Online Silent Auction.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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