(January 2018) Sponsoring students from the women’s group in the Moshi area of Tanzania!

Jesca Olotu is one of the most amazing women in the world. Sponsored by Elimu Africa co-founder Kristy Blick so that she could continue her education, Jesca has gone on to law school and to create Jiendeleze Women’s group in Rau (http://jiendelezewomensorg.wixsite.com/jiendeleze). Elimu Africa will begin sponsoring students from the same women’s group that Jesca started. It creates the perfect circle. We have learned that a good sponsorship program can change a village, a town, a country, the world. Here is Jesca in her own words…

“In 2004 I finished form four and I was looking for an English course to improve my English, that is not common in the families like mine here so I had no one to support me. My mom was working as an assistant cooker in the volunteers organization called CCS (Cross Cultural Solutions) which was having many volunteers from USA and UK. I applied to be a local volunteer and my application succeeded. My aim was to learn English in practice because I will be able to talk to people who can’t speak Swahili, get exposure and help volunteers in translations. I believed I did it very good as the compliments I got from volunteers and office the thought I could be a teacher.
This is how I met Kristy Blick, she was a very good friend to me and and later she became a friend of my family. She had an opportunity to learn about families here (Tanzania) and how they have difficulty in paying school fees.
In the meanwhile when she was here my form for results come out and I passed! My mother was stressing how she could manage to make use she support all of us because all of my siblings were also in school.
Kristy did it.
I remember when she was here her and her friends were giving me some money for my needs and decided to open the bank account and started to save for my further education. Fortunately Mama Kristy, on her last day she took me to the bank and deposited money for my school fees and and all school contributions. She explained that she got money from the friends. I went to school in Dodoma and she kept on helping in my education until I finished. Fortunately I passed to the higher level. She once again helped me to go to university. She was doing that with her friends (Elimu Africa) because I was filing the forms and returned the receipts.
She supported all of my education until here I am. I clearly explained to her that I don’t want to became a teacher as many people thought I was very fitting for that but that I wanted to became a lawyer to help women and children’s rights. I am so happy that this is What I achieve.
I support Jiendeleze Women easily because they are in the group and other Women who I met in my daily activities. They have a need to educate their children and be empowered to create the community the desire.
I will be happy to help other kids in needs of education in my community. It was rare for me to get the chance I did. I paid from my pocket to for few things like stationaries or fare. It was difficult see so many others dreams cut off.
Last year I had a girl helping me to do domestic Works (home made) I was paying her little that she get food for her family. It was 40 tsh per month. She was also working to my friend and got 60/70 tsh (all under $1). Then I recommended to my sister’s nursery school and she started to work there as a cleaner. When she was working in my house she was begging me to help his boy to get in school. Unfortunately it took me time to respond because I have many things so I thought can’t directly support him and was thinking of indirect ways. That was her daily prayer to me, early morning in 25th November last year she got in a horrific accident on her way to work and passed away. I remember the first word I heard from her boy is “now will you help me even though she is no longer here?” I now starting the process to get him in vocational training school. Now I can help many more directly and indirectly. Elimu Africa came as my own helper and my wish is to see more kids get in to school. I will support Elimu Africa like they supported me.”

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