Honor the New Year by paving some little paths
WELCOME to Little Paths’ monthly newsletter. We’re excited to share highlights from the field and more closely knit together our communities across the ocean.
Firstly, asante (thank you) for your generous support. We hope that this will be a great way to keep you, present in Little Paths’ journey.
Community is out most valued tool for change
We are currently supporting more than 100 children from 35 families to go to school. The families we work with are amongst the most vulnerable and at-risk in the world, facing challenges including economic hardship, absence or death of parents and severe health problems.
We are using education to strengthen these families to climb out of generational poverty. But we believe that the climb is not just theirs- it’s all of ours! That’s community and that’s our goal.
This month we’re celebrating the successes of our form 4 students, who just found out the results of their national exams! These results determine if they are able to attend forms 5 and 6, the 2 years before university.
There are two students in particular whose wonderful achievements we are thrilled to share with you.
First, meet Angel. She is an orphan and lives with her grandmother, who sells vegetables in the market, and her grandfather who cannot work due to disability. Angel was forced into child labour and house care duties to support the running of the household at a young age. Long walks to school, missed meals, poor water and sanitary hygiene, along with the caring needs of her grandparents, often meant that Angel’s school work and attendance suffered. Whilst her grandparents did their best to provide as much as they could, Angel was often without shoes, without books but never without the motivation to success. Little paths was able to work with the family and provide education around issues that were keeping Angel and her family from supporting Angels success. With little paths intervention, Angels family were able to learn and be supported towards improved sanitation and water hygiene, were provided with solar light to increase visibility, safety and productivity for the family (including Angel’s studying hours) alongside a full school scholarship including all school and learning needs, uniform needs, exam fees and the provision of the daily opportunity for tutorial, homework and life skills development training, not to forget, lovely comfortable and durable school shoes.
This year, we are so proud that Angel scored amongst the highest in the country in her exams. With these results, she is big strides closer to realising her dream of becoming a Doctor. The support received from our generous donors has directly increased her opportunities in pursuit of this dream!
Next, meet Rosie. Rosie is the eldest of 4 children. Since their Father left, their Mother has had to provide for the family alone, making $0.50 per day working at a local café. Rosie’s morning starts at 4am when she wakes to prepare the water for the younger children to eat when there is food. She assists her siblings before walking 1km to school.
We began working with Rosie’s family in 2014, in her first year of secondary school. Working with the family has meant that Rosie can finish the whole day of school everyday, rather than return early to prepare for the care of her siblings in the evening. Little Paths intervention goes beyond simply providing the tools for families to support their children to success. Rosie’s story highlights the important work of Little Paths in addition to providing school needs – through family support, ongoing conversations of hope and possibility, families are able to believe again in a future of success for their children and find new ways to make the huge sacrifices that families are required to make for their children to achieve (the once thought of as impossible).
It is not uncommon to expect these kinds of sacrifices in Tanzania from the eldest daughter in the family but Rosie’s mother has supported her daughter’s opportunity to finish school with Little Paths and the results speak for themselves. Rosie has passed her exams like a superstar. She aspires to be a business woman, and this well-deserved victory has provided so much hope for her.
Thanks to our supporters, Rosie and her family can believe in the possibility of a future free from poverty.
These results are just glimpses of Angel and Rosie’s potential! Educating a girl is a social investment: her earning potential is increased and studies reveal that women reinvest up to 90% of their incomes back into their families, compared to 30-40% for men. Education means these young people will be less likely to contract HIV, less vulnerable to early marriage and more likely to have a smaller, healthier family. Imagine how these girls will grow and uplift their communities!
Young people like Angel and Rosie are the reason we believe so strongly in our program. It’s just wonderful to see our students shine. Little Paths will continue to support them in the next chapters of their education and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
‘We have an obligation to ourselves and to our communities to be bigger than the moment’- Brittany Packett
One of our goals for 2019 is to enhance our holistic education program at our community centre, Pamoja House. Pamoja House is a place of learning, growing and an opportunity to access some respite and healing from difficult lives.
One particular aspect of our holistic education program is The African Excellence Club. The African Excellence Club addresses our obligation to these children to begin reversing the residual attitudinal effects of colonialism and irresponsible aid delivery. Through teaching about amazing ancient African civilizations and African heroes, we are encouraging the children to believe in their magic! These classes aim to hone their power and amplify their voices.
We want to empower our students to go deeper through the provision of some very important and powerful books. We would be so grateful for your support in buying these books to send to Tanzania. If you’re interested please contact us via the details provided at the bottom of this letter. See a list of books below.
1.Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson.
2. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
3. Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Dr Maya Angelou
4. Autobiography of Malcolm X by X Malcolm
5. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
6. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
7. Riley Can Be Everything by Mrs. Davina Hamilton
8. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
9. Death by Black Hole- and Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil Degrasse Tyson
10. Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli
11. I Love My Hair! By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
12. Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Thompson
13. Devil on the Cross (Heinemann African Writers Series) by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
14. Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt by Robert Bauval
15. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Did You Know?
Tanzania has the largest population of African wild dogs. In the Serengeti, the estimated size of each pack’s territory is 1,500km², an area the size of greater London, UK!
Our team in Tanzania is currently in the middle of distributing school uniforms and supplies to all the children in our program. We’ll update you in our next newsletter, with photos!
If you’d like to chat to a member of our team about creating a collaboration, email [email protected] or call Kate on 0421 378 393.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to sharing further updates with you soon!