Posts Tagged ‘Tanzania’

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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Meeting with Village Leaders – Speech in Kiswahili

Meeting with Village Leaders - Speech in Kiswahili

After discovering about some of our ‘issues’ here in the village, I composed a little talk for the village leaders. My friend in Kigoma, Bennie Muzzazzi helped me to translate it to Kiswahili so I could deliver it directly, knowing that what I wanted to say was being delivered. Here’s the video of the speech, […]


An Epic Journey – Collaboration Leads to School Opening: January 2013!!

An Epic Journey - Collaboration Leads to School Opening: January 2013!!

This has been a remarkably productive trip! Lucas and I feel more supported by the various government entities than ever before and that’s because, after flailing around on our own for 3 years, we’ve finally stumbled upon the right people. The first year we simply said ‘yes’ to the request of Mjumbe (chief) Bitata to […]


Empower through Education

Empower through Education

Project Wezesha is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 by Lucas Lameck and Rai Farrelly.  We founded Project Wezesha to address the needs of children in rural villages within the Kigoma Region of Western Tanzania.  Wezesha is the Kiswahili word for Empower.  The aim of Project Wezesha is to empower local communities through increased […]


Watoto Wanataka Kusema ‘Mambo’ to You!

Watoto Wanataka Kusema 'Mambo' to You!

Saidi is one of the newest students in our scholarship program.  He just started secondary school in Mwandiga town this past January (2011).  I recorded him last summer in a very informal little chat at his house.   When you hear the voice in the background prompting him a bit, that’s Lucas – making my cryptic question about what […]


Gifts of Education for the Holidays

Gifts of Education for the Holidays

This holiday season, you’re likely being pulled in many directions for your holiday shopping.  I get several emails a day about how I should shop this year – all worthy causes, such as Seva.org, Kiva.org, Heiffer.org, Amnesty International, and many others.  So why would you even consider Project Wezesha as your option this year?  Well …. […]


PW Students Visit Amahoro Secondary School

PW Students Visit Amahoro Secondary School

Last week, Lucas passed through Kiganza village en route to Mgaraganza village to collect more pictures of the school.  On his way, he picked up some of the Project Wezesha students who were making the long journey home from school in Mwandiga.  For those that live in Kiganza village, such as Hindu, Edina, Ismael and Diana, […]


Giving Thanks-Asante-Urakoze!!

Giving Thanks-Asante-Urakoze!!

On this lovely Thanksgiving Day, I would like to give thanks to everyone who has made Project Wezesha a great success over the past year.  Lucas and I had a simple plan when we sat at the Sun City Cafe in Kigoma in July 2009.  We just wanted to give out scholarships to a handful […]


September Update on Amahoro Secondary School

September Update on Amahoro Secondary School

Welcome back for another quick update!  For those of you who are new to Project Wezesha, make sure to browse through the July blog entries as I spent three weeks in July 2010 working in Mgaraganza village and Kigoma town – making this happen – with my in-country director, Lucas Lameck. I spoke with Lucas […]