Letters from Sponsors to Students

By Karen Stupic | December 12, 2017

We are often asked if it is appropriate for sponsors to send a letter directly to their sponsored student(s).  The answer is a resounding yes!  The children love to hear from you and very much appreciate receiving personal notes from their sponsors. What about a gift?  This process has evolved over the years and we…

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Tenda Teachers Fall 2017 Update

By Karen Stupic | November 1, 2017

From Mara Region to Nationwide! In just two years the Tenda Teachers Program has broadened its education efforts from intensive work in the rural Mara Region of Tanzania to include an ambitious nation-wide effort to improve teacher training and professional development across the entire country.  From working with 250 teachers, headmasters and school district officials,…

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International Day of the Girl–October 11

By Karen Stupic | October 11, 2017

As we honor and celebrate International Day of the Girl, a day aimed to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights,  Project Zawadi is proud to share a news article by Rotary International highlighting the achievements of sponsored student, Wanzita Ally. Click here…

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Welcome Judith Merinyo, Director of Educational Support!

By Karen Stupic | September 27, 2017

Project Zawadi is thrilled to announce the addition of Ms. Judith Merinyo to our team.  As the new Director of Educational Support, Judith joins our Tanzanian-based leadership team to offer ongoing support for PZ students in secondary and tertiary levels beyond Nyamuswa.  Ms. Merinyo’s specialty is coordinating the educational, logistical, financial, vocational and social-emotional support…

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Alumni Profile: Elibariki Walter

By Karen Stupic | July 17, 2017

As an orphan, Elibariki was raised in the city of Arusha at a center for street children called Children For Children’s Future (CCF). Elibariki first learned to read and write at CCF where he also developed a strong passion for music. He sang in a group of six young boys. They called themselves the Bongo…

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Tenda Teachers Project in the news

By Karen Stupic | March 20, 2017

Project Zawadi and Tenda Teachers were recently featured in the St. Paul Star Tribune.  Click here to check out the article!    For more information on the Tenda Teachers Project be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Distribution Day 2017, Vicki shares her story

By Vicki Dilley | March 13, 2017

I’ve returned from my recent trip to Tanzania where I was with 9 other Rotarians who joined me for a safari, three days in Nyamuswa, and to be present for Project Zawadi’s Distribution Day.  I’m excited to share my experience with you!  We brought your gifts and supplies to each of the Project Zawadi sponsored…

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2016 Eco Challenge

By Karen Stupic | November 7, 2016

NEEDS: (1) Currently there are approximately only 55 teachers working in the 9 primary schools that PZ students attend. There should be approximately 72 teachers. However, the schools have great trouble retaining quality teachers because life can be so difficult at rural schools – no running water, no electricity, a lack of housing, etc.  Because…

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Eco Challenge – Water Tank Update

By Karen Stupic | October 27, 2016

  In Fall 2015, the Eco-Challenge was initiated with the intent to create a specific ‘challenge’ project that will have a lasting positive impact on the quality of education that PZ students will receive and will be completed in a way that is eco-friendly.  The water component of the project was our first priority and…

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Student Profile: Wanzita Ally

By Karen Stupic | October 11, 2016

Wanzita was first sponsored by Project Zawadi in 2009 when she was in Standard 5. She made steady progress in her studies and completed Form 4 at Makongoro Secondary school in 2015.  Nearly two months have passed since Project Zawadi’s student, Wanzita Ally, arrived in Minnesota as a North Star Rotary Youth Exchange student.   It is…

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