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Written: 21 May 2018
It was in 2004 when we first met her. When the center was being built, Mama Amina put up a make-shift store that sold tea and mandazi to the construction workers. She was also one of the day laborers who would carry water for the cement. When the construction was finished, the engineer recommend Mama Amina to us in case we need a dedicated and hardworking person. Sr. Mary and the staff decided to hire her and the rest is history. (Picture taken in 2012)
There was this one story wherein, she went to this house every morning to "wake-up" a girl so that she would go to school. She did that for the next 7 years until that girl finished Standard 7 (primary school). That girl, Nasinyari, is now in Form 6 and will hopefully soon go to University. She is very grateful to Mama Juliana for hounding her all those years.
We believe that Teika also inherited that same passion that Mama Juliana has when it comes to education. After all, Teika is now a lawyer and our program officer. (Picture taken in 2017)
Rosi is one dedicated and creative mother. Even though she is a widow (and finished Standard 7), she was able to support
She believes that education is important so she brought her daughter to our center. Tumaini (Swahili word which means #hope) finished Secondary School is now able to help her mother. (Picture taken in 2012 at Engutokoiti Village, Arusha)
Sr. Mary is the foundress and directress of our Center. She has helped more than 1500 young women to realize their potentials in life beyond being marriage dowries. Through her dedication in helping them, there are more women in the field of Education, Business, Community Development and Medicine from the Pastoralist and Hunter-Gatherer communities (specifically from the Maasai Tribe). She continues to accompany and mentor them. She can actually name all of the young women (and even their backgrounds).
Being one of the matrons, Bahati has guided and cared for all the young women that entered the doors of our center.
Both Sr. Mary and Mama Bahati have become mothers to all our young women. Even up to now, former students would still come and share their stories and ask for advise from them. (Picture taken in 2007 by Sr. Jeri Stokes)
Written: 2 March 2018
Last February 28, 2018, the center was visited by the Immersion group of the Maryknoll Mission Education. The group was headed by Fr. Bob Jalbert and Deacon Matt Dulka. The aim of the immersion is to expose and invite people to visit and witness the different Marknoll Ministries that Maryknoll Missionaries are engaged in. For the past four years, their immersion trip in Africa would include a visit to our center.
Below are some of the encounters of the participants of the immersion group with our pre-secondary students. Karibuni Tena!
Written: 25 January 2018
Last Month, the national Examination Counsil of Tanzania (NECTA) released the results of the Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (CSEE for Form Four Students fro School Year 2017.
Our Centre is proud to announce that majority of our Form Four Graduates last year performed well. Below are their results:
Division I - 2
Division II - 7
Division III - 10
Division IV - 16
All their hard work and determination paid off. Most of the young women who got good grades were part of our Pre-Form One program. The center has been offering this program since 1999 to help and prepare the girls for secondary school. Aside from the academic preparation, the girls also learned about different life skills that would enable them to adapt and transition well from village life to school life.
Written: 22 January 2018
Maria Yohana, one of our fomer students, is currently teaching at a private primary school in her home village in Oldonyosambu, Arusha. She finished her Teacher Training at Bethesda Montessori Training Center.
She is the daugther of one of the watchmen of the center, Yohana Kidotu. He has been working at the center for more than 10 years. He has seen a lot of changes that had happened in the lives of girls when they are educated. With this realization, Yohana asked the center if they could sponsor her daughter's education.
When his girls started school, Happiness and Maria, he saw positive changes in their lives. Whenever his daughters would come home for school holidays, they would accompany sick relatives and friends to the village clinic. The health care workers only know Kiswahili while the patients only know Kimaasai. With this situation, the daughters of Yohana would be the one to translate so that proper care and diagnosis can be given.
In their village, there is not electricity. Most of the villagers would use lamp oils and flashlights (torches). Seeing that there is the need for electricity, Maria decided to save her salary. She surprised her father and mother by buying a solar panel and battery. With this purchase, they don't have to be buying oils or batteries. Yohana was so proud of what his daughter did. He proudly shared the good news to Sr. Mary and to the whole staff of the center.
Both Yohana and Maria are reaping the benefits of education. Both are definitely changing minds and hearts when it comes to educating girls in their Maasai tribe in Oldonyosambu.
Written: 10 January 2018
Written: 30 November 2017
Last November 25, our center celebrated its 18th Form Four Graduation. All of our Form Four students, who were studying in different schools, came together to have an Emusoi graduation. It was truly a joyous event to witness how these 36 young women became the person that they are now: smart, confident, educated and empowered.
It was a long journey for them to reach this particular stage in their lives: one year in pre-secondary school-(2013) and four years (2014-2017) for their Ordinary level education. All of them proudly wore their traditional dresses showcasing their rich culture. They were all graduates and not brides in their beaded dresses and accessories.
Parents, siblings, relatives and guests from the different districts of Tanzania came to be with us. More and more people are coming to our graduation. There is a growing number of female and male representations during our graduation. This just shows that the pastoralist communities are becoming aware the importance of education--especially in educating girls. Our graduation was graced by Hon. Richard N. Kwitega, our guest of honor. He is the Regional Administrative Secretary in Arusha. We were also joined by our generous benefactor, Mr. Willy Chambulo.
Click: GRADUATION VIDEO for the full graduation coverage.
To watch their journey from pre-secondary students to young confident women.
Click Our Graduates.
Aside from our Form Four Graduation, our Pre-Secondary students also had their Moving-Up Day. After staying at the center for one school year, they are now ready to move on to Secondary School. Our teachers have prepared and provided the strengthening of the different subjects that will encounter in secondary school. Aside from the academic aspect, we also provided enrichment classes that focused on life skills that would enable them to cope with the demands on secondary school.
Click Moving-Up to watch their ceremony
Written: 13 November 2017
Emusoi Centre has now joined the Social Media world via Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and Youtube . We invite you to visit our different social media accounts to know more of the things that Emusoi is doing for the pastroalist and hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania.
Written: 1 July 2017
Our young women has just finished their first semester for school year 2017. The center has been busy with the comings and goings of our students. It is during this time that our Social Workers, Naino Parteyo and Paulina Porokwa, would conduct seminars and workshops for our returning secondary students. There are two phases of these seminars. Phase ONE are conducted before the young women go home. Phase TWO are conducted before they go back to school.
Phase One focuses on three topics are (1) Early Pregnancy; (2) Female Genital Circumcission; and (3) Awareness of the Duties and Responsibilities of Being a Parent.
Below are the insights shared by both Naino and Paulina after they have conducted the Phase ONE seminars:
"Early Pregnancy and Female Genital Circumcision continue to be the two big problems that affects the lives of young women who come from the hunter-gatherer and pastoralists communities all over Tanzania. This is due to the lack of awareness on the importance of education, especially in educating girls and the role of tradition.
Being Former Students of Emusoi Centre, we have experienced the pressure and the struggles that our current students are
experiencing now. Through proper planning, we have come up with these seminars to make sure all students know and understanding the effects of circumcision and early pregnancy for themselves (especially to their future) and to the whole community.
We teach them by talking the realities of Early Pregnancy and FGM by showing videos and have an open space for discussions/dialogue. The girls were very open and concern with the issues and really show their feelings. During the semiar, we offer them a safe place where they can ask questions and share their ideas and concerns about the topics. It was very interesting how the students respond to the seminars. The students participated and were very serious of the topic presented to them. They had lots of questions and thanking us for teaching the issue which are crucial and bring good impacts in their lives.
After the discussion of Early Pregnancy and FGM, our social worker also talked about the responsibilities of parents when it comes to their daughter's education. We would ask parents to provide for the basic needs of their child (from soap, sanitary napkins and etc) and other contributions. We believe that the centre and the parents are partners in educating their children. Most of the time, students would come back from home with a bar of soap, a few shillings and etc. We know that most of these parents have very limited resources (it is actually the mothers and grandmothers who would try their best to give something to the young women) and we appreciate whatever they can give.
The Phase TWO workshop will be coming up at the end of July.
Written: 16 June 2017
On the 18th of June 2017, some parts of the world will be celebrating and most of all, will be honoring Fathers. Here at the Centre, we are honoring some of the fathers who have expanded their minds when it comes to educating their daughters. They have seen the value of education in the lives of their children, especially in the lives of their daughters. Please click the Youtube Video below:
Update: Lazaro's daughter, Zawadi, is now a Form Three Students in Uroki Secondary School; Yohana's daughter, Maria, is now a Primary School Teacher in near their village; and, Sambeke's daughter, Namnyack, went to vocational school.
Written: 1 June 2017
Every year, the Centre provides Basic Computer Skills Classes for our Form Four Leavers. As these young women wait for their assigned schools/colleges to continue on with their education, we have scheduled activities for them to learn about computers. The goal is to give them a solid foundation and when they understand the basics, they will have a clear understanding on which to build their future knowledge of and skill with computers.
Learning the computer will be an added skill for them that will definitely help in their future endeavors. The topics that were included were:
1. Knowing the different parts of a computer (both hardware and software)
2. Assembling, connecting and powering on a computer
3. Use a mouse to point, click and double-click
4. Keyboard and typing exercises
5. Opening and closing software files
6. Saving and deleting Files
7. Locating a saved file
8. How to copy and paste files or text
9. Writing Letters and other articles using Microsoft Word
10. Experimenting on the different commands
11. Making presentations using Microsoft Powerpoint
Written: 8 March 2017
After undergoing last year's Selection Process of interview and written examinations, we are proud to announce the 51 young women who are part of our one-year pre-secondary program. These young women mostly belong to the Maasai and Barbaig/Wataturu tribes and come from the northern districts of Tanzania, namely: Arusha, Bunda, Hai, Hanang, Handeni, Kiteto, Longido, Meru, Monduli, Ngorongor, Serengeti and Simanjiro.
Sad to say that most of our girls come from primary schools that somehow did not equipped them with a good foundation for secondary school. To resolve this gap and prepare them to the different academic demands of secondary school, we offered a one-year pre-secondary program. This pre-secondary program has been part of the center since 1999. Subjects that are being taught are: English, Mathematics, Science, Swahili, Oral English, Reading and Vocabulary, Civics, History and Geography.
Aside from the academic aspect, we also offer our young women Enrichment Classes, focusing on life skills that would enable them to more than survive but most of all, thrive in life. Below are the objectives of our enrichment classes:
To enable the girls to become well-rounded individuals who will be able to cope and thrive to the ever changing demands of society;
To guide the girls on how to care for themselves wholitistically;
To help ease the transition from living in the village to living in a new environment;
To prepare the girls to the different expectations and demands which are required/asked of them;
To facilitate in the self-discovery of the girls in knowing who they are: their potentials, their capabilities and their possibilities in life;
To assist the girls on how to balance their past/cultural heritage with their present and future endeavors.
Written: 8 December 2016
Last November 26, 2016, Emusoi Centre celebrated its 17th Form Four Graduation. The occassion was graced by parents, relatives and guests. Our Guest of Honor was Mr. Wilbard Chambulo, accompanied by Mr. Sirili Ako.
Written: 24 November 2016
From shy girls coming from the different Northern areas of Tanzania to Confident young women ready for Secondary School next year. Meet our Pre-Secondary Students for School Year 2016. They are practicing/preparing for their different presentations, from singing, dancing, skits and etc for our 17th Form Four Graduation on November 26, 2016 at Emusoi Centre in Arusha, Tanzania.
Most of the time, their performances are about empowerment of women, thanksgiving, the situation of women in their tribes, their culture and the day-to-day happenings in their villages. This is also a venue for them to share what they have learned during their pre-secondary program. One can say that these young women are our designated entertainers during graduations. Click: https://youtu.be/AYHC2kwm0ak
Written: 12 October 2016
Emusoi centre is so proud to share about one of our students, Neema Mussa Mollel, who is a student of the African Leadership University in Mauritius and is now currently having her internship in Cape Town, South Africa. Below is an article that she wrote about her experiences there:
"My name is Neema Mussa Mollel. I am a student at African Leadership University majoring in Business Management. I am currently interning at Zoona in Cape Town. Zoona is a company which deals with money transfer specifically sending and receiving money to help communities thrive.
I am interning with the People Innovation Team which basically deals with hiring, on boarding, retain, motivate and grow exceptional talents for its employees. It has been a month now since I started my internship but I have learnt so much.
Every day, I get to do different things and interact with different people which expands my learning experience. So far, I have worked in the call centre to
receive customer’s calls and answering their inquiries which was a good experience. I also did data entry for employees’ assessment, on boarding information and employees’ profiles. I kept on exploring different thing as I worked with the HR manager to help employees complete their performance review. I did market research for the countries that the company has offices in i.e. Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, DRC and Ghana.
In the coming days, I will be working on building the library of content (cataloguing and classification of photos and videos) for the organization, doing design thinking with their design thinker, invoicing and admin work with my manager, event planning and team building activities.
Over the past month, I built so many skills in every work that I have done. In the next two months that I am left with to finish my internship, I see myself having grown to an incredible amount because of the opportunity to try different things that I have here at Zoona."
Neema continues to make us proud of her diligence in her studies and willingness to learn new things that would eventually help her in the future.
Written: 10 October 2016
Last week (October 3-7), our centre conducted its annual selection process for the school year 2017. More than two hundred young Maasai, Barbaig, Wataturo and Hadzabe women came to the centre to have the oppurtunity to change their lives through education. With only limited slots, it will be the task of our hardworking staff to choose which among the young women, who took the exams and had been individually interviewed, will be given the chance to be with us next year.
Aside from our Selection Process, we have also been conducting our Parents and Guardians' Orientation. As they wait for the young women to finish in the selection process, our social workers and matrons would gather them to talk about the vision and mission of the Centre. This gathering also includes the expectations and responsibilities of both the centre and the parents/guardians. This is also a venue to discuss the advocacies that the centre have: Girls and Women's rights and the importance of Educating Girls.
Now, the hard part begins: choosing who among the 200 plus young women for sponsorship. There will be much discussion among our dedicated staff in discussing and deciding.