Photo: Martha Mbalwa, a 2014 graduate of the Tukuyu School of Nursing. The patient with her delivered the first of the two twins at home. Due to difficulty in delivering the second child, she was transferred to a hospital setting where Martha delivered the second child.
This year is rapidly coming to an end. It seems like it has just flown by! Everyone involved with the Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Program would like to thank you for your support during 2014. We had two fundraisers this fall to benefit our nursing student sponsorship program and one of our Board members raised money through a tag sale. Additionally, many individual contributions were received. Thanks to all for your generosity during the past year.
This is a season for giving, and there is no greater and more lasting gift than the gift of an education–the gift of a profession. We wish all of you Happy Holidays and a bright New Year!
A lot has happened this year with our sponsorship program. We would like to recap some events over the past year:
- My husband Tony and I visited Tanzania Feb-March 2014. During this visit 15 students were chosen for sponsorship at the KCMC School of Nursing (located in Moshi) and 8 were chosen at the Tukuyu school of Nursing. (See the map below for the school locations)
- This fall marks seven years of sponsoring nursing students in Tanzania. At this time a total of 46 sponsored students have graduated and are working in the community as registered nurses.
- We currently sponsor 36 students and 21 students will graduate in 2015
School fees continue to be a challenge. During the seven years of our sponsorship program annual school fees have risen from around $300 to $700 per year. This is a staggering amount of money for peasant families. Our concern has been that the very poorest girls would just not show up at school. So far they still manage to bring enough money to start school but then their focus shifts to worrying about raising money for fees rather than focusing on their studies. Our sponsorship has allowed these young women to complete their studies. It is really heart breaking to learn of the struggles these young women and their families have experienced to complete their secondary education. There are very few opportunities for women to earn a good wage and attain professional status in Tanzania. Upon graduation, the salary for a registered nurse ranges from $325-$500 per month. This is in contrast to the annual cash income of $300 per year for a rural family.
This year has also brought several dedicated donations that have allowed us to assist the Tukuyu School of Nursing. The school did not have a computer lab and their library
contained very few textbooks. We were able to provide:
- Ten refurbished computers, a laser printer, equipment to create a network, installation and training
- 57 new reference books (23 titles) for the school library (we learned that textbook have become expensive)
Photo: New reference books for Tukuyu Nursing School
- Tony will be visiting a secondary school for vulnerable young girls in the Morogoro area. We are looking to partner with them for sponsorship of some of their graduates in nursing school.
- Tony will work with two of our sponsored students to design a presentation about nursing as a profession, the requirements and the process for admission into nursing school. This will be used to expose students at the secondary level to the nursing profession.
- Tony will be evaluating the usage of the Computer Lab in Tukuyu by students and staff and consider possible expansion.
- We are working with a university in Massachusetts to bring an instructor over from KCMC for a term
For the students, the highlight of Tony’s visit will be taking the students out to dinner, small gifts and small prizes.So now let’s go on to the really important people—those lovely young students. Students recently completed their term break and they have told us about their activities:
Mapamba, who is now a third year student in Tukuyu, tells us:
I hope your ok. thanks for your contribution and your prayers. I have passed ma exams and now am in NTA LEVEL 6. During short breather I did some activities like construction of a new pit for waste disposal because after arrival at home I found a pit for waste disposal is full and no one to construct the new one. I decided to construct myself and I used 3 days for that work. I did it in the first week. In the second week I visited a primary school and at that school I did assessment of the body hygiene and tooth care. I found many children suffering from tooth ache and decayes. I provided health education on tooth care and prevention of tooth problems. I told the pupils to avoid eating food which contain high amount of sugar like sweets, taking sugar crystals. I also advised them to brush teeth after every meal. The pupils understood and the teachers were very happy.
I love you all!!
Hello my friends. Hope you are fine and you are continuing well with you are active ties. On myself am fine and am continuing well with my activities. First of all I would like to thank this scholarship organization for supporting me in my study. Be blessed. Also I would like to tell you that I am passed well my final exam. Now I am at kcmc hospital. I decided to remain to continue working as temporary while waiting the post. Thank you very much. I would like to thank this scholarship organization for supporting me in my study. Be blessed.It is so encouraging to read of these successes by our students. We want to thank you for being part of our family and helping to make dreams come true.Heri za Mwaka Mpya (Happy New Year)
Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Program Inc.