Project Wezesha

Spring 2016 Update on Our Students

Spring 2016 Update on Our Students

We’re at the half way mark of a new school semester and are eager to share some updates on our students. These updates are based on a report compiled by Lucas after many calls and personal visits with teachers, headmasters, parents and students. As each year passes, our student numbers ebb and flow due to […]


Ismail – Student, Driver, Mechanic, Success Story!

Ismail - Student, Driver, Mechanic, Success Story!

Ismail joined our program years ago! He was among the first scholarship students that Project Wezesha admitted into the program. After secondary school, Ismail didn’t score high enough on the national examinations to go to high school, but he had the option of our continued support through vocational school. Since then, he has been immersed […]


Our Next Steps

Our Next Steps

After years of fundraising and some very generous support from all of you, Amahoro Secondary School opened its doors in January, 2015. The opening ceremony was a fabulous event with music, dancing, singing, speeches, laughing, honoring, and hugging! But most importantly, there was a school opening! In January 2015, school officially began. 75 first year secondary […]


Upward Momentum for More of our Students!

Upward Momentum for More of our Students!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – talking to Lucas Lameck always puts the biggest smile on my face. Lucas is the heart and soul of Project Wezesha. Today, he updated me about the upward momentum for scholarship students in our program – students that you help support! Here are some of […]


Updates Since Amahoro Secondary School Opened

Updates Since Amahoro Secondary School Opened

Here are some updates since Amahoro Secondary School opened. Since our big bash to open the school in January, school has been in full swing! The first term ended in May and the students enjoyed a summer break in June. Classes started back up in July. The teachers and villagers are thrilled about the school […]


Evidence of Impact – Sky’s the Limit!

Evidence of Impact - Sky's the Limit!

We are very proud to announce that as of Summer 2015, our three young men – Dibeit, Tumsifu and Saidi found out which high schools they will be attending starting July 18th. School assignment is based on secondary school exit exams, and the fact that these three are going all over the country speaks to […]


Open a School? Don’t mind if we do!

Open a School? Don't mind if we do!

This is sure to be my favorite update so far. After four years of fundraising, planning, negotiating, (struggling), and succeeding – we are so excited to share the news that Amahoro Secondary School is open! There are 70 Form 1 students currently studying in our completed classrooms! Of this cohort, 15 are newly added girls […]


From Students to Graduates to Teachers! Bravo!!

From Students to Graduates to Teachers! Bravo!!

In 2011, three amazing young men – Tumsifu, Saidi, and Dibeit – began their studies as Form 1 students in Tanzanian secondary schools, with the help of Project Wezesha. In November, they all graduated! Dibeit: Due to his excellent performance on the secondary school entrance exams, Dibeit was selected by the government to study in […]


Insights from Our Students

Insights from Our Students

Our next update is from Kagongo Secondary School. In August, Lucas and I went and visited with our new Girls Education International Form 1 students, and we also met with 6 of our current Project Wezesha students. These 6, Marieta, Olivia, Sango, Simoni, Mahamudu, and Ahmadi wanted to share with us some of the challenges […]


Congratulations Hindu and Khadija!

Congratulations Hindu and Khadija!

Lucas and I are happy to share some wonderful news! Our amazing students, Hindu and Khadija graduated in November from their program at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA). They began studying together two years ago and both pursued careers as administrative assistants. Before they entered VETA, neither of them knew how to type […]


Lucas Completes Computer Training Program

Lucas Completes Computer Training Program

In November 2014, Lucas completed a computer training program in Kigoma. In this program, Lucas learned important word processing skills. He regularly uses these skills to track our students’ progress and write program manager reports for Project Wezesha and Girls Education International. Last December, he used his skills to write proposals for leaders in Kigoma […]


One Brick and One Meeting at a Time

One Brick and One Meeting at a Time

Greetings and gratitude from Lucas and me! I’m happy to share some updates with you about the progress toward opening Amahoro Secondary School in Mgaraganza Village, Tanzania. This past August, I traveled to the Kigoma region to visit with Lucas and check the progress of our project. I was a little surprised to see that […]


Our Boys – Approaching Graduation

Our Boys - Approaching Graduation

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of a new season! I know in Tanzania, everyone is very excited about the coming end to a long rainy season … ah, but of course – the water and vibrant green of the landscape during this season is so refreshing! In Tanzania, our students […]


Making the Grade in Rural Tanzania – Often a Tall Order

Twice a year, Lucas makes his rounds to the various schools where our scholarship students attend. He checks in with the headmasters and teachers, he gets updates on our students, and he collects report cards. Like a proud but nervous baba and mama, Lucas and I wait in anticipation as the grades roll in. Well, […]


Bringing a Baby into the World

Bringing a Baby into the World

It was my last visit to the village, my last night to sleep over at my friend Jane’s house, and our last chance to visit – Lucas, Maiko, Ashahadu, Jane and I. But, the universe had other plans. Mama Aziza was having her baby! Mama Aziza is Jane’s neighbor, her husband has contributed to our […]


Hitaji Gets a Set of Wheels

Hitaji Gets a Set of Wheels

Last summer, we visited the village of Kigalie to add two students to the Project Wezesha scholarship program. While we were there, the head teacher asked us to accompany him to meet a young man named Hitaji. Hitaji had an unfortunate story. (Ironically, hitaji means need in Swahili.) When he was 9 years old, he […]


Visiting with our Current Students – July 2013

Visiting with our Current Students - July 2013

On Saturday, July 13th Lucas, Maiko and I made our way into Mgaraganza Village with Saidi and Albert, two of our students who stay in town. Our destination – Amahoro Secondary School. Our purpose – meet with the current students in our program to visit, chat, and take pictures. Between 11a – 12p, the students […]


Girls Education International – Tanzania Program Launches!!

Girls Education International - Tanzania Program Launches!!

Over the river and through the … cassava fields we go. Lucas, his brother Maiko (Michael) and I walked 7 hours on Thursday July 11th to collect applications from girls at 4 primary schools in Kagongo and Mgaraganza villages. We started reasonably early so the sun didn’t beat down on us until we had finished […]


Back in Kigoma – Summer 2013!

Back in Kigoma - Summer 2013!

Ah, back in Tanzania! This year, my planning for the safari back to Kigoma was overshadowed by my larger, slightly more permanent move to Armenia. I accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia in the capital city of Yerevan. So, after 18 years in Salt Lake City, Utah – I’m […]


2013 Calendars are Ready to Order!

2013 Calendars are Ready to Order!

Happy Holidays from Project Wezesha!! For our 3rd year running, we are providing an alternative gift-giving option for the holiday season! You can give the gift of education by contributing to our Scholarship Fund and we will send your our 2013 Project Wezesha calendars to give as gifts to your loved ones. Of course, you […]


A Summer Internship in Tanzania by Katy Lindquist

A Summer Internship in Tanzania by Katy Lindquist

In the summer of 2012, Project Wezesha had the great opportunity to work with an intern who was committed to exploring international development, community engagement and the power of education. You can read more about how Katy Lindquist became part of our program in our last blog entry. In this blog, enjoy the experience through […]


The Tremendous Value of an Intern

The Tremendous Value of an Intern

In the winter of 2012 Project Wezesha was contacted by an undergraduate student via email: My name is Katy Lindquist and I am an anthropology student at Colby College in Waterville, ME.  I am very interested in volunteering for your organization this summer.  As an anthropology student, I have become very interested in grassroots organizing […]


Introducing our New Students!

Introducing our New Students!

When we started this program, we had five students from Kiganza Village and perhaps you have been following them for the past four years: Edina, Diana, Ismael, France and Hindu. The following year we added a few more – Amosi, Silvesia, Khadija, Zainabu, Saidi and Dibeit. Since we started, Edina, Hindu, Silvesia, Zainabu and Khadija […]


This is Their Story

This is Their Story

This is her story. The story of most girls in the village. This is his story. The story of most boys in the village. Are you ready? There is no response more difficult to deliver than a ‘no’ to the request of a student for school support.  Unfortunately, if I said ‘yes’ to every student […]