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Child Sponsorship Program

 “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” 

– Nelson Mandela

Our Work

Our Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) was created in October 2009 after seeing the great need for children in Karatu, Tanzania, to have access to early English education. Journeys of Solutions (JOS) is so pleased to partner with Shalom Orphanage Centre, Tumaini Junior Primary School (TJS) and as of 1 January 2016, Tumaini Senior Secondary School (TSSS).

More About Our Partners

Shalom Orphanage Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political, non-religious organization registered in the United Republic of Tanzania under the 2002 Non-Government Organization Act. Founded in 2004 through the love and vision of Warra Nnko “Mama Warra”, Shalom’s sole mission is to improve the lives of poor and disadvantaged children in Karatu and neighboring communities Arusha and Moshi, ensuring they are shown mercy regardless of religion, tribe or ethnicity.  Shalom is home to more than sixty children and receives support from a handful of organizations and generous individuals to ensure these children have access to food, education, water, and health care.

Also started in 2004 by Modest and Lightness Bayo, the privately-run Tumaini Junior School (TJS) currently has over 900 students enrolled and boasts some of the highest testing scores in the Karatu region. In fact, since 2011, Tumaini has been ranked in the top 20% of primary schools in the nation! Mr. and Mrs. Bayo are true visionaries who continue to equip Tumaini students with strong leadership skills. Truly they embody the Tumaini motto, “Strive for Excellence.”

In 2015, Mr. Bayo broke ground on the Tumaini Senior Secondary School (TSSS), which opened its doors to over forty Form I students in January 2016. Through the generosity and great partnership of Tanzania Education Corporation, TJS & TSSS are empowering and equipping young minds. We are grateful to partner with Mr. & Mrs. Bayo and TEC!

More Background

CSP Founder and Project Lead, Elizabeth Kallop, first visited
Shalom Orphanage Centre in 2008 after climbing Mount
Kilimanjaro. Unable to forget her brief visit with Mama Warra
and the Shalom children, following her return home to New York
City, she began planning a return to Tanzania. Upon JOS’
founding, using her event planning and fundraising background,
Elizabeth raised funds for a July 2009 survey trip to Shalom in
order to see how JOS could come alongside Shalom in its efforts
to improve the children’s lives. During this trip, Elizabeth and a
volunteer family worked with Shalom on construction, health
care and education projects. In September 2009 Elizabeth
returned to Shalom for three months of continued planning
during which the Child Sponsorship Program was born. From
2009-2011, Elizabeth traveled to Tanzania for weeks and months
at a time to continue developing the CSP. In 2012 Elizabeth was
hired by Tanzania Education Corporation to establish TEC’s
presence in Karatu, which included oversight and expansion of
its own sponsorship program, the creation of a volunteer
program and increased visibility of TEC’s efforts and dedication
to working alongside Tumaini Junior School founders Modest and
Lightness Bayo. In 2014 Elizabeth returned to New York City
where she continues to manage the CSP.

Over the years, our CSP expanded to support a total of 19 students from Karatu. In advance of the 2016 school year, we worked with one incredible JOS- and Tanzania supporter, Fiona Hall, to transition the students she has supported since 2010 to her company, All Around Tanzania. The students continue to thrive at their respective schools and enjoy visits with Fiona and other AATz folks.

Our 11 remaining JOS students, all but one from Shalom, are pursuing their studies in and outside of Karatu. The students relish their moments together during holidays when they can be with their friends and Shalom and Tumaini families. Often they return to TJS for extra studies between school terms as well as for the annual Tumaini Alumni Celebration.

From 19 to 11
Seven years ago, we enrolled our first 7 students at Tumaini Junior School. These once shy and quiet children have grown into confident and mature young leaders. In fact, 5 of these “Tumaini 7” will graduate secondary/high school in 2017.

We receive periodic updates from our partners and are delighted to hear that our sponsored students consistently earn high marks and are recognized leaders both in and out of the classroom!

Sponsorship

Because our goal is to help the children long-term, we offer donors the unique opportunity to “adopt” students by committing to their educational endeavors. A special thanks to our current donors for their dedicated partnership!

The cost of sponsorship for our students varies depending upon school placement:

TJS & TSSS$1,865.00 USD per year

The costs include: $1,365.00 for tuition and boarding fees, uniforms and non-school clothing, medical needs at nearby FAME and local dispensaries, school trips, and school supplies. The additional $500.00 goes towards extra tutoring and other incidental costs and boarding needs, as well as school maintenance fees. NOTE: TJS and TSSS have higher fees because they are private schools.

Non-TSS Secondary schooling$1,000.00USD per year

This includes tuition, boarding fees (when applicable), uniforms, and non-school clothing, medical needs at FAME and local dispensaries, school trips, and school supplies. Additional funds are used for extra tutoring and other incidental costs including travel to and from school. 

Please note at this time the CSP is not expanding, rather our focus is on continued and dedicated investment in our eleven students.

What’s Next?! 

In 2017, we will see our first five students graduate Form IV! Because we believe education is key to success, JOS is thrilled to announce the creation of the Kesho Fund, “kesho” means tomorrow in Swahili, a fund which will assist our sponsored students in their advanced schooling endeavors, be they vocational studies, certificate/diploma programs or university. 

We will be formally rolling out this program in early 2017, so stay tuned for additional details on how you can become involved!

Want to Know More?

Kindly direct all questions and inquiries to CSP Project Lead Elizabeth Kallop : orphanageprojects@journeysofsolutions.org

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For additional stories and photos about the CSP, also visit Elizabeth’s blog: www.adventuresofadelicateflower.com

Timeline of Growth

2009

  • JOS volunteers raised funds for construction projects at Shalom, including building a veranda and painting bedrooms and classroom
  • JOS volunteer/licensed dentist provided free dental assessments to Shalom children and staff, along with dental hygiene products
  • Provided funds for school uniforms, food, and utility bills at Shalom
  • Secured free health assessments/physicals from nearby FAME Medical
  • Creation of CSP; 7 Shalom children enrolled at TJS

2010

  • CSP expanded to support 9 additional Shalom children at TJS; 16 total
  • JOS volunteers raised funds for construction projects and helped to repair corn milling machine at Shalom
  • JOS volunteer raised funds for arts projects at TJS including short visits to Shalom and TJS
  • Provided funds for school uniforms, food, and utility bills at Shalom
  • TJS broke ground for water well water well

2011

  • JOS began fundraising for TJS’ water well
  • TJS celebrated ranking as #1 primary school in Karatu out of more than 90 schools and ranking of 40 of 16,600 in nation and the first class of Standard VII graduates
  • JOS volunteer raised funds for food for Shalom and for arts projects at TJS, including short visits to Shalom and TJS
  • Provided funds for food and home needs at Shalom

2012

  • CSP expanded to support 18 students
  • Fundraising for the TJS water well was completed
  • Purchased Solar panel for hot water in girls’ dormitory at TJS
  • Provided funds for food and home needs at Shalom

2013

  • JOS supporter Tom Stevens visited Karatu for a month for mural painting, and computer lab and library assistance at TJS. NOTE, Tom was the first volunteer to visit Tumaini through Tanzania Education Corp’s newly created volunteer program
  • Water well dedication at TJS with the Kallop Family and friends
  • Several sponsored students represent TJS at district and national-level sports competitions
  • Congratulated JOS’ first 5 Standard VII graduates; these students matriculated into secondary schools across Tanzania
  • JOS provided mosquito nets for every bed at Shalom and TJS thanks to the great efforts of two students at Geneseo Central School
  • Provided funds for food and home needs at Shalom

2014

  • Volunteer Tom Stevens returned to TJS with computers and software through his “Technology for Tumaini” initiative
  • 1st Annual TJS Alumni Celebration
  • Several sponsored students represent TJS at district and national-level sports competitions
  • Congratulated JOS’ 4 Standard VII graduates; these students matriculated into secondary schools in Karatu
  • CSP expanded to support 19 students
  • Provided funds for food and home needs at Shalom

2015

  • Volunteer Tom Stevens returned to TJS with computers and software through his “Technology for Tumaini” initiative
  • Several sponsored students represent TJS at district and national-level sports competitions
  • Congratulated JOS’ 4 Standard VII graduates, three of whom matriculated into TSSS whilst one accepted a government invitation to attend a specialized secondary school
  • Provided funds for food and home needs at Shalom

2016

  • Celebrated the opening of TSSS in January
  • Volunteer Tom Stevens returned to TJS with computers and software through his “Technology for Tumaini” initiative
  • CSP transitioned to 11 supported students
  • Creation of advanced school fund: Kesho Fund, “kesho” means “tomorrow” in Swahili, to assist our sponsored students in their advanced schooling endeavors. Elizabeth is returning to Tanzania in late 2017 to lay the groundwork for establishing this program with our partners so stay tuned for details!