Rising Tall

The past few months represent exciting leaps forward for Little Paths, with significant change and restructuring. There is so much wonderful news of Little Paths’ achievements, both internally and by beneficiaries, that it is hard to know where to start!

The most exciting news is that you need to meet Kash (or, more formally, Kashinje John Bushesha), Little Paths’ new Program Manager!

A little about Kash

Kash’s academic background is in accounting, an important advantage for efficiently running our day-to-day operations. She has several years of experience working as a matron at Fenerisco Orphanage and is therefore skilled at working with children who are dealing with difficult or unstable backgrounds. This is something our students will benefit from greatly, as Kash has the requisite experience to provide appropriate and necessary pastoral care for our students who may be struggling to cope with the demands and pressures of their lives.

Kash also assisted Josh, our Family Liaison Officer, with the momentous move to our new, more affordable and convenient location over the summer, and together they make a formidable team.

The new location has an impressive outdoor space and is so much closer to many Little Paths students’ homes, that we’re already seeing increased attendance at our Saturday tutorials. The new Pamoja House is a much better fit for our requirements and allows us to funnel property savings into enhancing our programs to better respond to the students’ needs.

So thank you Josh and welcome Kash!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to one of our shining stars, student D, has been awarded six certificates for coming top of the class in six different subjects at Lumala Secondary School. Student D will be sitting for his national examination next month and Little Paths wish him all the luck and good fortune available! Go get ’em Student D!

‘The greatest gift you can give your children is believing in them.’ – Jim Valvano

This month’s quote speaks to the innumerable successes and the wonderful stories of achievement that we hear from our beneficiaries and students almost daily. Often, even more detrimental than a lack of finances, a lack of belief in young people is what holds them back. If young people do not receive external validation with meaningful and consistent support from trusted people, it is near impossible to build up the self-confidence required to approach tasks with any amount of energy or effort. Equipping Little Paths’ young beneficiaries with belief in their capacities to perform exceptionally well and succeed in anything of their choosing is arguably one of our most profound positive impacts.

Thank you!

Thank you so much to our wonderful supporter, Belinda, who has donated to Little Paths in memory of her Mother, Maureen. Our Little Paths families have been busily making beautiful bags to sell for fundraising.

We’re so thankful and so proud of what our families can create with such limited resources. Aren’t the bags terrific?!

Shining Moments

In our last newsletter, we celebrated the achievements of Kwandu and Claudencia, who graduated Form IV with top marks, and are continuing their great work in Form V. Now we have even more great news to celebrate at Little Paths.

Five Little Paths students at Lumala Secondary School passed their mock examinations in Division I – a prestigious and highly sought-after achievement in Tanzania. Congratulations are in order for Rahabu, Mussa, Hellen, Derick and Teresita! What incredible success stories of perseverance, determination and belief! Our beneficiaries were among the 10 students who were rewarded with presents from their teachers. Hopefully a confidence boost such as this, scoring within Division I on their mock exams, should propel our students to further victories.

They are due to sit their final Form IV exams in November and we wish them all the absolute best. We’ll keep you updated on their progress right here.

Passing Form IV exams and graduating is a very significant milestone within the Tanzanian system, as it is the equivalent of graduating high school. Until recently, primary level education was free of charge while secondary schools were able to charge fees. Fees for secondary school have now also been abolished, making high school far more accessible to more students.

This milestone represents an important shift in the status quo of accessing secondary (and, by extension, tertiary) level education in Tanzania, however our students still face systemic barriers including linguistic and financial barriers. Still, they rise tall!

Did you know?

Mwanza sits on the stunning shores of the largest lake in all of Africa. Commonly known as Lake Victoria in modern times, the chief reservoir of the Nile is shared mainly by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Before being renamed after a British Queen by colonising forces, Lake Victoria had its own beautiful designations that reflected the linguistic and cultural norms of the indigenous peoples to whom the lake belongs.

The Lake was commonly known as Nyanza, a word of Bantu origin meaning water, or a large body of water. Nyanza is used by Rwandans who speak Kinyarwanda and by Tanzanians. In Dholuo (or Luo) the lake was known as Nam Lolwe, which roughly translates to “as far as the eye can see” or “endless” body of water, referring, of course, to its sheer vastness and abundance. Nam Lolwe is more widely used in Kenya, while Ugandans have known the Lake as Nalubaale, which can be linked to religious notions of guardianship held by the Buganda.

Passing Form IV exams and graduating is a very significant milestone within the Tanzanian system, as it is the equivalent of graduating high school. Until recently, primary level education was free of charge while secondary schools were able to charge fees. Fees for secondary school have now also been abolished, making high school far more accessible to more students.

This milestone represents an important shift in the status quo of accessing secondary (and, by extension, tertiary) level education in Tanzania, however our students still face systemic barriers including linguistic and financial barriers. Still, they rise tall!

Finally…

Little Paths is now powering forward with increased efficiency and the children are benefitting greatly as a result. More exciting news and events info will be shared right here. Keep your eyes on this space.

If you’d like to chat to a member of our team about creating a collaboration, email info@littlepaths.org.au or call Kate on 0421 378 393.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to sharing further updates with you soon!

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