Here is all the latest news from Mlali
Thanks to the team for all the photos and updates and to the global QEA family who have been part of making all of this happen.
Thanks to funding from our partners Mama Hope, the school shops took another few steps forward towards completion. They are now plastered, the stairs are complete and the metal grating too. When complete, the school will get income through rent from one unit and will use the other one to sell their organic farm produce in the village.
There are still a few steps to go to get this project complete. If you would be interested in putting funding towards this project please donate and send us an email specifying that you want it to go to this!
Perpetua will provide health based education to the students for health awareness and disease prevention, but she will also be there to treat, advise and comfort students if they feel ill or have a query about their health or well being.
Alongside other female staff and Aika Nkya and Mercy Mushi from Nguzo Foundation from northern Tanzania, she will be involved in building out the girl’s support programming at the school, specifically in the area of menstrual hygiene and feminine health.
Everyone is very excited to have Perpetua on board, and is looking forward to see the change her support will bring!
If you are interested in supporting Perpetua in her new role, please get in touch.
Each year, Primary 7s all around Tanzania sit for their national exams. Within the current system, these exams determine whether a student can continue on to secondary school or not.
QEA takes this very seriously and does all it can to ensure that each student is able to continue on.
This year, all 21 of QEA’s primary 7s passed, and so all can go on to secondary! The school was placed first in the ward and 6th in the district - their best placement ever since the school began.
Huge praise goes to the students for all their hard work, and to their teachers for all of those extra classes and hours put in to make sure this result happened.
The women’s group have begun implementing their permaculture plans for the school land. They have already been developing their homes as demonstration sites to teach their friends and neighbours about the freeing principles and techniques of permaculture.
Now they are applying what they have learnt to the school land, ensuring that the children have varied and healthy food to eat and the land is protected for future generations.
Here Winny celebrates the delivery of organic fertiliser.
Kilines’ story inspires people wherever she goes. It is particularly inspirational to young Tanzanian girls and women, who can see themselves in her.
In October, she was invited to be the guest of honour at the sixth form graduation ceremony at SEGA Girls’ School in Morogoro Tanzania (where four QEA Alumna attend).
At the event, she was able send the next generation of young women out into the world, as an example of how they have the power not only to change their own lives, but to change the lives of hundreds and thousand of others too.
Here Kilines is pictured at the ceremony with two of the graduating class.
The boarding house is now roofed, the window grates are installed and the plumbing system is in! Not far to go now!
When this building is finished, the financial sustainability of the school will increase hugely, as they will be able to accommodate many more paying students from further afield - meaning that they can viably support many more non-paying students from in the community.
Please be in touch if you would like to support the completion of this transformational project!
Mach, Winny and Emma took part in this two week long intensive course which provided them with the knowledge and experience they need to transform the school land and the lives of many in their wider community.
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design which is centred around mimicking the no-waste, regenerative patterns of nature.
This course gave the women insight about how to use the renewable natural resources already available to them to feed themselves and their families without having to spend lots of money. They learnt how to do this while also encouraging growth and healing in the environment and making some income too.
The women were hugely inspired and are already teaching what they learnt to the other members of the group and to the children at QEA. They came up with a permaculture design for the school land and have begun to implement it.
“The permaculture training opened my eyes to what is possible. All this time I have been struggling away, buying expensive chemicals fertilisers and things, when all the answers were around me for free! It’s given me even more confidence in myself as a woman and in my ability to be independent.”
Mach Kingamkono, QEA Women’s Group