Mazera’s Road Trip to Tanga

By Project Zawadi | June 26, 2014

Though Nyamuswa is right on the doorstep of the Serengeti, most PZ students will never have the means to visit this World Heritage Site or any of the other national park treasures of Tanzania.  But PZ-sponsored student Mazera did have the opportunity to visit both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks in January.  In…

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Zinduka Visits the Tanzanian National Assembly

By Shannon Skally | June 26, 2014

Zinduka Chairwoman, Muse Mwisawa, spent last week participating in the Civil Societies’ Organizations National Exhibition at the National Assembly in Tanzania’s capitol city of Dodoma. Muse, pictured here with former prime minister Edward N. Lowassa, was representing the good works of Zinduka on a national stage. Hongera, sana (big congratulations) to Muse and the entire Zinduka…

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Throwback Thursday – Dotto and Kurwa

By Shannon Skally | June 19, 2014

From the vaults of PZ for Throwback Thursday #TBT.  Meet Dotto and Kurwa, twin brothers that began as sponsored students with Project Zawadi way back in 2002.  Today, Dotto and Kurwa are both pursuing a high-level architectural drafting vocational program at the same school in Dar es Salaam and well on the road to successful…

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Distribution Day – Not Just for Students!

By Shannon Skally | February 6, 2014

Sponsored students aren’t the only ones to receive needed school materials in anticipation of the new Tanzanian school year.  Guardian Teachers also receive some teaching and learning materials like classroom editions of required textbooks, teacher’s guides, and chalk to enhance the learning environment in their classrooms.  Guardian Teachers and Counselors (along with student families) are…

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By Karen Stupic | August 15, 2013

Benard first became a PZ sponsored student in 2006.  Upon completing primary school, Benard elected to join a carpentry program at a nearby vocational training center.  After successfully earning his Grade 1 Carpentry certificate in 2011, Benard began volunteering at the new Zinduka Vocational Training Centre in Nyamuswa.  Described as a hardworking boy by PZ’s community…

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By Karen Stupic | August 10, 2013

Mrembo is one of many children in her extended family. Students with albinism face unique challenges in East Africa due to the effects of the harsh sun on their unpigmented skin and local superstitions surrounding the condition.  Upon hearing about Mrembo’s difficulty with the sun on her long walks to and from school each day,…

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By Karen Stupic | August 5, 2013

Lucia has been a PZ-sponsored student since 2005 where she excelled academically throughout her primary schooling.  In 2009, she was selected to the prestigious Tabora Girls boarding school where she continued to do very well in her studies.  Lucia’s goal is to one day become an engineer.  This year, she scored very highly on the…

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By Karen Stupic | August 1, 2013

Msafiri, a PZ-sponsored student since 2004, lives with his elderly grandmother.  As a young child, he suffered a severe burn to his face and eye socket in an accident.  As he grew, the burn became increasingly problematic and painful and it interfered greatly with his normal daily activities including his secondary school studies.  Last fall, through…

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By Karen Stupic | August 15, 2012

Eleven-year-old Wakanyi Mgisi is the youngest of nine girls. Education is very important in the Mgisi family and Wakanyi is dedicated to her studies. She walks five miles to and from school every day. However, it’s a major struggle for her widowed mother to cover the costs of Wakanyi’s schooling. Recognizing this, in 2009 Wakanyi’s…

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By Karen Stupic | August 10, 2012

Chukista struggled in the traditional academic track in secondary school but has found her calling with vocational training. In 2011, Chukista graduated first in her class of mechanical electrical technicians at St. Anthony Vocational Training Center in Musoma. Chukista recalls: “I had nowhere to go and nothing to do because my exam results were not…

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