Nianjema Scholarships Support 9 Orphans
Aid for Africa is sponsoring four girls for Form 1 this year: Joyce Joseph, Suzana Juma, Amina Mwajeki and Nasrat Mrisho.
Five girls from Bethsaida Secondary School have come to Nianjema to complete their Form 4 education: Prisca William, Evarista Nyoni, Maria Felix, Winfrida Mrema, and Mariana Ndunguru came to the school with great expectations and are sponsored by African Childrens Haven.
Things are really popping at Nianjema!
196 students are learning in the brand new primary and nursery schools under the direction of 10 Tanzanian teachers.
Nearby four new dormitories and an all-purpose building underwritten by USAID are completed.
We Support the Future
The first annual wine, tapas, and raffle raised almost $5000 for the Nianjema Schools
"We were thrilled to have so many join us to raise money for the students of Nianjema!" says Melissa Edmiston, TEF Board member and event chair. "We exceeded our fundraising goals $1000 and attracted new supporters to the TEF mission."
A highlight of the event was the premier of the Nianjema video, which was introduced by producer John Low, (View this moving story of Nianjema schools in the "School" column to the left.)
"When we support the students of Nianjema, we support the future," said Low, a TEF supporter and Chief Creative Officer for Carney, Inc. who produced and introduced this moving story of Nianjema Schools.
Winners took home baskets that included sports memorabilia, certificates for fine dining, picnics, golfing and fly fishing excursions, wine, chocolate and more--all with valuable "pieces of Tanzania" such as kangas, sculptures and soapstone servingware.
The convivial afternoon of tapas, wine and conversation included a lively raffle, a looping Nianjema Safari slideshow and jazz piano by Gary Koopmann.
For pictures of the event, which was hosted by Evo Bistro in McLean, click to visit our Facebook page. Plan to join us next year!
Nianjema is in the TOP 6% in the country!
In February of 2013, The Guardian newspaper posted the results of the national secondary schools, listing Nianjema Form 4 students in the top 6% out of 747 schools. In biology we were in the top 3%; chemistry in the top 5%; and in physics in the top 2%.
Nianjema Adds Up to Success
Nianjema Secondary and High Schools has grown from 90 students in 2000 to more than 300 students and 16 teachers in 2013.
The secondary students—many of whom once had no opportunities beyond elementary school—are now on their way to university.
Nianjema dedicated a new high school complex in 2011 with six new classrooms, a larger library complex and a new science lab, complete with microscopes donated by St. Mark Catholic Church of Vienna,VA.