Teacher Neema, and the beginning of a new adventure...
Message from Christine: When I met this woman I knew she was something special. I watched her with the children and she treated each of them as her own. Khuba Nursery is where I volunteered for two weeks. I taught English, learned to count in Swahili and got to know these beautiful children and their teacher. I also got to see how happy they were with so little. Many were orphans or from very poor families. Some lived in multifamily homes on the school property. But they all LOVED stickers and they LOVED hugs. "Teecha, teecha!" They would call to me. It's because of Neema, who I now call dada (my sister), and the children that found their way into my heart, that I came home and knew I had to do more. I started out just wanting to get the rest of the kids sponsored, but from here it turned out to be quite a task. You see, there is no administration on the ground there that can follow each of these children through school, and Neema can't do it all, especially after they leave her school. But I haven't forgotten about Khuba Nursery and am in contact with Neema often. Once we get the new school running, I'd like to help Neema get her diploma. She only has one year left which would cost roughly $600. If you would like to donate to Neema or her children specifically, please send a note through the contact page after you have made your donation. I will make sure it gets to her!
Where did the money go?
Before my volunteer trip to Moshi, I did a little bit of fundraising to give where I saw need. The need was great but I was able to do so much with the money entrusted to me. With $2600 in donations, we:
Sponsored 12 children to attend school for the year! This doesn't mean the other kids were left out. By sponsoring so many, the money goes back into the school to ease the burden of purchasing supplies as well as the daily meal. For some, the porridge received may be the only meal they get.
Bought 50 writing books, 50 math books, pencils, extra paper, erasers, chalk, a book to help Neema improve her teaching skills (her request), educational posters for the walls and a Swahili/English dictionary.
Purchased two week’s worth of rice for the kids.
Helped Neema open a bank account to make it easier to receive funds. (I also helped her set up a facebook page!)
Put Neema's younger brother through his first year of university. She wanted this for him before her own diploma. He wants to be a vet (for the cows and goats). The school is only $600/year. This is including boarding!
The rest of the donations went to a down payment on Frank's new school! Without YOUR help, none of this would have happened.