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In Tanzania, a new school year starts in January and, for 42 girls in Longido District, this is a dream come true: an opportunity to start Form 1 in secondary school.

On January 4th, the girls gathered at TEMBO with their parents or guardians to meet with the TEMBO staff and learn more about what might be needed before reporting for school on January 17th. 

Over the next two weeks, the staff worked tirelessly to gather all that is required including trunks, mattresses, shoe polish and more.

The girls were measured for their new school skirts by the local seamstress who, no doubt, sewed well past midnight to make 84 plus skirts!

Today, all 42 girls are now in school where they are settling into their dormitories, meeting new friends and starting classes.

Just imagine the excitement for all these girls.

Thanks to incredible participation from our donors, TEMBO’s  2021 Give Her A Chance campaign was a tremendous success, raising over $18,900. Launched in late November with a specific focus on donations from Giving Tuesday, the campaign continued until the end of the year.

A result of this wonderful support for girls’ education by our donors, the girls will start secondary school with new school trunks filled with pink sheets and a warm blanket, books for school, a new school uniform and a healthy sanitation kit. These are all young girls just like Simayo who was introduced to TEMBO supporters and donors during the 2021 Give Her a Chance campaign. 

Contributions from the 2021 campaign and the gift of education through TEMBO will forever change the lives of girls and their families in Northern Tanzania. The generosity and kindness of our donors is, as always, very much appreciated!

This year TEMBO is sponsoring a total of 169 girls in Form 1 to Form 6 (equivalent to Grade 8 to Grade 13).

Simayo, the lovely girl from our Give Her a Chance Campaign, has always received tremendous help from her mother,  Nemeel, in pursuing her secondary school education with TEMBO's support.  It was Nemeel who first dreamed of a better life for her daughters. And, as her mother, she was determined to keep her free from harm. “I will protect my daughter from being promised for cows and forced into marriage by her brothers to the warriors in the forest. I will help them be safe,” she said.

Nemeel brought Simayo to live at the TEMBO Hostel where she is safe. In December, while at the Hostel, Simayo who is in Form 5 (our equivalent to Grade 12) participated in tuition with the other Form 5 and 6 students who needed support with the science subjects.  “I can visit her at TEMBO,” Nemeel says. “I can see her smile and learn and complete her secondary school studies. She will have hope for a better future.”

Mother love is a powerful force in the lives of their daughters.

Nemeei and Naomi

Another woman who wants the best for her daughter is Nemeei Noah who lives in Oldorko, a sub-village of Orbomba. Nemeei has 5 girls and 2 boys. Her husband died when her last born, Naomi, was one year old. Among her children, only two completed primary school: Naomi and one of her brothers. With the help of TEMBO, Naomi will be the only one in the family to go to secondary school. Her brother is staying home to look after the family’s goats and cows. Naomi is now in Form 3 (our equivalent to Grade 10).

To support Naomi's dreams, Nemeei is doing everything in her power to help her succeed. She has talked to her sons about supporting Naomi’s education. She also is prepared to sell goats and cows left to her by her husband when it comes to Naomi’s needs for school. She wants her
daughter “to become a certain person and come back to help her community, herself and the family.”

Nemeei is very grateful to TEMBO for the support they provide for her daughter and the other girls in the community. “The tuition programs that are run for the girls every year are very helpful,” she says. She advises her daughter to work hard and work with TEMBO to achieve her goals.

“God bless TEMBO, donors and Staff,” she says.


There is no tuition in our village so after our children finished class 7, they stay at home and take care of cows and goats.
(Parent from Ketumbeine village, Longido District

For many students in northern Tanzania, once they finish primary school, they have little opportunity to continue their studies. This past fall, Learning in Longido (LiL) coordinated a new 10 week program to reach out and help vulnerable students. This was a first for LIL and it was an outstanding success!

Registration Day

The program was offered to 64 students, 24 from remote villages and 40 who attended as day students. Lil did everything from recruiting the students, coordinating housing and meals and hiring staff. Local teachers helped the students prepare for secondary school with lessons in 7 areas: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History and English. There was a strong emphasis on English as it is the language of instruction in all secondary schools. As well, the students enjoyed extracurricular activities such as games, reading stories, arts and debates.

After-School Actvity Using the Map of Africa

How did they respond to the program?

Namitu knew about the Learning Centre because her aunty had attended the tailoring classes there. She particular enjoyed studying Biology and Geography.

Sadira loved the learning environment: “I learned so much since the environment was very good compared to home where there is no tuition.”

Kidua liked "the good care we got from the Matron and LiL Staff. Teachers are good too!"

These young people will come away with stronger academic and English proficiency skills as well as deeper social skills and personal confidence. This will all be so important as they move on to the challenges of secondary school.

Graduation Day, November 2021

To celebrate their graduation from the program, there was a small party with a representative from the Education Department, District of Longido The event included speeches, a fashion show, drama and awards.

Good luck to all these students.

MARCH 2022: Join TEMBO for a Great Green Fundraising Program and purchase seeds for your garden. With winter still in the air, start planning for the spring!

SPRING 2022: Join us for TEMBO's Annual WALK/RUN/CYCLE in support of women and girls in northern Tanzania. Talk to your family and friends today...and be ready to go when the snow melts and the flowers are out.

Watch for upcoming emails about both of these events and news about our education programs in Longido District, Tanzania. Follow us on social media and stay connected.
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