Supporting a student in Uhekule:
For the young people struggling against all odds in Bibi Kay’s remote village of Uhekule, Tanzania, education is the one promising opportunity. Unfortunately, the cost of even a secondary education is prohibitive to most of these young people. The corresponding cost to many of us, however, is relatively insignificant.
Jim & Becky Gifford have been supporting “Tina” for a couple of years. Jim writes: “For a few hundred dollars a year, my wife and I are able to provide an education to Tina, one of the young women sponsored by Kay.
The small investment we make provides satisfaction to us, but hope to this young Tanzanian. It is also deeply appreciated as shown in the photo and letter of thanks we received.”
When I first came to Uhekule Village in 2005 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I sensed parents and family members (aunts/uncles/grandparents) of children/orphans were not too interested in seeing girls get a high school education, called secondary school here. But, culture changes, and I am so pleased to see these family members struggling to educate the children. Elementary school, called Primary school, is free, but secondary school is costly for them who rely on their crops for survival.
In 2005 a government secondary school would cost about $200 USD per year. Now the cost has doubled. Tina, who is a sweet and very loving young lady, who wants to be a doctor and is sponsored by Jim and Becky Gifford, attends a private girls school that costs about $550 USD per year. The parents are so happy Tina has a sponsor that they and several others gave me a gift of about 50 kilo. of wheat. We have a grinding machine in the village that uses a generator, and I have the wheat ground into flour for bread.
Please, please sponsor a student for secondary school. Currently, I am sponsoring four, three are in private schools. All are orphans. Education is what will lift this poor 3rd world country out of its severe poverty. We Americans have it so good in spite of the current financial crisis. Just having electricity and inside running water is a gift…..I don’t have it here and neither do 99% of the villagers. Education is the answer.