Girls Scholarship Program

If you educate a man you educate an individual
if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)
Swahili Proverb

Girls in Tanzania, especially those living in the Coast Region (where Kwala is located) face great barriers to education. Some of the challenges girls face include:  forced early marriage, forced withdrawal from school to help with household chores, and forced prostitution.

Understanding the Issue:

ScholarshipGirls 2009 - 021 4x6Women’s education has been well documented as a vital means of improving the social and economic well-being of a nation. Unfortunately, girls in Tanzania face more challenges and barriers to education than boys. Many families are reluctant to allow their daughters to attend secondary school because of the financial burden – secondary school costs $350 per year (including national examination fees) in a country where the annual earnings for many are $360.  As a result, many girls are pushed into early marriage – as young as 11 or 12 years old.  Other girls that start secondary school, particularly those away from their parents, have no means of support and end up providing for their own school fees and living expenses through prostitution. As could be expected in this environment, unwanted pregnancy is a major cause of girls halting their education – and their future.

Women are the future of Tanzania – girls who complete their secondary education become educated and empowered women whose own daughters are free of past vicious cycles of poor education, pregnancy and poverty.

Community Solution:

NTC Girls + future house 097Starting with the 2009 Tanzanian school year, NTC began giving scholarships to twenty girls at Kwala Secondary School defined as “at severe risk of dropping out of school” by the female teachers at the school. The scholarships including school fees, food, uniforms, school supplies, and housing in a safe “girls only” dormitory close to the school. Individual donors in the United States were matched with a girl at Kwala, receiving updates and letters from the girls they were sponsoring. The scholarship girls also meet with NTC Project Directors as part of a weekly “girls group.” The girls volunteer in the community as well, reading out loud to children as part of NTC’s Village Reading Corner.

Two Years to be Proud Of: 16 Scholarship girls have graduated from Kwala Secondary School since the program started! This is a remarkable accomplishment for girls who would otherwise not be able to attend school in the first place. NTC has continued to keep in touch with the graduated scholarship girls, several of whom will continue their education at Advanced Level.

VillageReadingCorner3The Year to Come: NTC will continue sponsoring 10 scholarship girls at Kwala Secondary School, and several who have graduated from O level and will continue in A level.

If you are interested in sponsoring a girl for the 2011 school year, please contact or send your donation to NTC today!

Fundraising Goal: $300.00 per girl (Click here to see the itemized budget

Meet the 2010 and 2011 NTC Scholarship Girls

Amina Name: Amina Juma

Form: Graduated in November of 2010

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Lawyer

Sponsor: Lauren Hollender and friends


Angelina Name: Angelina Charles

Form: Graduated in November of 2010

Age: 20

Prospective Occupation: Pilot

Sponsor: The Bialecki Family

Asha Rashidi Name: Asha Rashidi

Form: 2

Age: 16

Prospective Occupation: Nurse

Sponsor: Lillian Levy

Asha Saidi Name: Asha Saidi

Form: Graduated in November of 2010

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Teacher

Sponsor: Bonnie Kanas

Ashura Name: Ashura Iddi

Form: Graduated in November of 2010

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Doctor

Sponsor: Ruth Sherman and Al Kaplan

Catherine Reonald Name: Catherine Leonald

Form: 4

Age: 18

Prospective Occupation: Teacher

Sponsor: Bialecki Family

Fatuma Best Name: Fatuma Mshangama

Form: Graduated in November of 2010!

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Human Rights Lawyer

Sponsor: The Hollender Family

Mwanahamisi Ally Name: Mwanahamisi Ally

Form: 3

Age: 18

Prospective Occupation: Nurse

Sponsor: Mark and Joni Lohr

mwanahamisi Mosses Name: Mwanahamisi Mosses

Form: 2

Age: 17

Prospective Occupation: Nurse

Sponsor: Susan Vancott

Mwasiti2 Name: Mwasiti Yahaya

Form: Graduated in November of 2010

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Pilot

Sponsor: Sara Campbell

Sharifa (1) Name: Sharifa Masimba

Form: 4

Age: 18

Prospective Occupation: Doctor or Teacher

Sponsor: Robyn Belsky

sikujua Name: Sikujua Mtema

Form: 4

Age: 20

Prospective Occupation: Primary School Teacher

Sponsor: Shirley Locke

Subira Name: Subira Mrisho

Form: 3

Age: 18

Prospective Occupation: Nurse

Sponsor: Susan Vancott

Zayuni Name: Zayuni Selemani

Form: Graduated in November of 2010. Zayuni will be continuing on to Advanced level schooling this upcoming fall!  NTC is very proud of Zayuni and we look forward to continuing her sponsorship this upcoming year. Hongera Zayuni! Congratulations Zayuni!

Age: 19

Prospective Occupation: Doctor

Sponsor: Seibert and Virginia Lohr