Here we share and will continue to add personal accounts of how education and other Precious Project initiatives are impacting individuals and the lives around them in the village of Nshupu.
Meet Angel, who brings a bright smile and spirit to the Precious School. She lives in a small hut with her family incl. 13 siblings. Her father is an alcoholic unable to hold a job. By contrast her mother works hard earning <$1/day as a field hand when she can get work hoeing fields, weeding, and carrying loads up to 75lbs on her head. With barely enough money to feed her family, schooling was not an option. Now Angel can attend school and has already demonstated excellent academic promise.
Sifuni means ‘praise’ in Swahili. This energetic 7 year old has an irrepressible spirit, despite difficulties. Sifuni walks 8 km each way to school and never misses class. He lives in a one-room mud house with his mother and 4 siblings, different fathers who are gone. Sifuni’s mother mental health is poor, so villagers provide intermittent food and care. Sifuni has been at the Precious School for 2 years, showing tenacity and a strong desire to learn.
Education can break the cycle of
poverty within a single generation.
Unfortunately too many children in
Tanzania can't attend school due to
the costs. Precious is working to
reduce this number by providing high
quality education to orphaned and
vulnerable children. Here are some of
their personal stories that we hope
inspire you as they've inspired us into
action. Your donation helps fund their
education and improve their future.
TRANSFORMING A VILLAGE
ONE BY ONE
It's not just access to education that is
a challenge for so many in rural
Tanzania, but also the quality of
schooling, gender equality, and
economic development. Precious is
focused on serving as a resource for
the community and model for long-
term self-sustainability. Personal
stories of how villagers' lives are being
positively changed through Precious
Project's initiatives are shared here.
Tumaini was born into a Maasai tribe where girls are not sent to school. Instead by 12 they undergo female genital mutilation and sold into polygamous marriages for cattle. Tumaini was brought to Precious after the passing of both parents. She was only 7, hungry, scared and speaking only Maa. A generous donor visited and offered Tumaini the first scholarship to attend school. Today, Tumaini is fluent in Swahili and English, top in her class and has shared plans to become Tanzania's Prime Minister.
Dorcas is six, from Magi ya Chai, a village close to Nshupu named for its brown mineral water. A few years ago her father was killed in an accident. Soon afterwards her mother, caring for 4, asked a friend for help to care for Dorcas; without an education or job, she had no choice. It turned out the friend lived across the path from the Precious Home. Dorcas was taken in as a priority case needing loving care. She has blossomed into a happy and bright child, receiving the schooling her mother never had.
Mama Rose adds loving care to the Precious School, preparing nutritious meals over open fires. The 40 year-old villager is a single mother of five. She divorced her alcoholic husband who beat her frequently and provided no family support. Her eldest unwed daughter at age 19 gave birth to a son. So Mama Rose supports herself, 4 daughters, her poor mother and grandson. Despite the challenges, Mama Rose displays grace as she greets and serves meals to Precious students, and gratitude to Precious for the job.
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