Girls Are Able (Wasichana Wanaweza) Scholarship Fund
Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
In January 2012, a group of Kingston, Ontario women and their daughters, planning to be part of the medical mission in Moshi, met with Dr. Karen Yeates, a co-founder of Prevention Through Empowerment (PTE), and a volunteer at the Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Centre (PTWC). After this meeting, the group decided not only to go on the mission, but also to raise funds to provide secondary school scholarship opportunities for young women in the area.
With the help of the social worker from the PTWC, five young women demonstrating academic excellence and financial need were chosen from each of the three surrounding high schools. The fifteen girls went with the group to an overnight empowerment retreat to Lake Chala to exchange stories and get to know one another. The fifteen scholarship recipients are also responsible for raising a part of their own funds.
The fund is currently supporting the original fifteen young women and the younger sister of one of the women, bringing the total to sixteen.
Support includes school fees, post-secondary tuition, healthy lunches, miscellaneous items such as mattresses, linens, etc., and a watchman for security, when needed.
The Kingston group hope to provide the financial help and resulting security needed for successful academic achievement. The ultimate goal of the fund is to help these women become self-sufficient and act as role models to other young women in their communities.
Providing these women with the opportunity to finish school before having a family of their own will help increase the likelihood of their children being able to read and finish school, and increase their earning capacity by 10%, all while decreasing the financial burden of their families.