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), Tumaini Senior Secondary School (TSSS), Jobortunity, and a handful of other schools throughout the country where our students are pursuing education.

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!

In 2018, JOS began a new partnership with Jobortunity, an apprenticeship program in Arusha that trains youth between 18-25 years to be ready to join the workforce. This training and development institute is doing phenomenal work and we’re so grateful to have three of our students currently enrolled at Jobortunity where they’re learning the  Hi5 method.

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.

Supporting Our Students

Nearly ten 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!

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.

Currently we support 13 students: 10 from Shalom Orphanage in Karatu and 3 from Karatu town. We have celebrated alongside these young adults as they’ve completed primary and in most cases secondary school studies – three more shall graduate Form IV in the next few years! Our students are pursuing higher education across the country in technical colleges and training institutes. Most recently, we enrolled two more students in our program after they earned coveted placement at Jobortunity.

Our students relish their moments together during holidays when they can be with their families and Shalom and Tumaini friends. Our Tumaini alum usually return to TJS studies between school terms as well as for the annual Tumaini Alumni Celebration.

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

For more updates, see “Timeline of Growth” below!

What’s Next?!

In the last two years, ten of our students have been enrolled in advanced schooling (colleges and Jobortunity). Because we believe education is key to success, JOS has created 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.

To celebrate our 10th year, we will host a New York City fundraising event in Autumn 2019. Contact Elizabeth JOSChildSponsorship@gmail.com for details!

Meet Our Students

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 level and placement.

Secondary Schooling: up to $1,865.00 USD per year

Depending upon the secondary school, fees vary between $500.00 and $1,865.00.

For specialized government schools, students attend at discounted rates. Our support covers their every need: from uniforms, school supplies and medical support to exam fees, school trips and transport money back to Karatu during holidays.

For private secondary schools, costs are $1,865.00 and include: tuition and boarding fees, uniforms and non-school clothing, medical needs at nearby FAME and local dispensaries, school trips, and school supplies. We also ensure sponsorship includes extra tutoring and other incidental costs and boarding needs, as well as school maintenance fees.

Higher Education schooling$2,000.00USD per year

This includes tuition, housing costs, uniforms, and non-school clothing, field placements, 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.

Jobortunity Schooling: $800.00 USD per year

In 2018, JOS began its partnership with Jobortunity, which provides apprenticeship/job training for young adults who are eager to enter the workforce. Costs include Jobortunity tuition, uniforms, all supplies, living costs, medical needs, school trips and other incidental costs.

Our newest enrolled students, James ( http://journeysofsol.wpengine.com/james-jobortunity-student/) & Jovita (http://journeysofsol.wpengine.com/jovita-jobortunity-student/ ) are still in need of support; to join them in their educational pursuits, contact Elizabeth (JOSChildSponsorship@gmail.com)!

Want to Know More?

Kindly direct all questions and inquiries to CSP Project Lead Elizabeth Kallop:  JOSChildSponsorship@gmail.com

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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

2017

  • 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!
  • In September, our youngest student, Shedrack, graduated Standard VII
  • In November, our five eldest students completed their O-level secondary school education, passing their national exams and and graduating Form IV
  • Creation of advanced school fund: Kesho Fund, “kesho” means “tomorrow” in Swahili, to assist our sponsored students in their advanced schooling endeavors. Elizabeth returned to Tanzania in late 2017 to lay the groundwork for establishing this program with our partners; rollout in 2018.

2018

  • All of our students formally began pursuing secondary school studies
  • In May we began a partnership with  Jobortunity an apprenticeship program in Arusha. Currently three students are enrolled at Jobortunity.
  • In October, our five eldest enrolled in colleges across the country!
  • In November, two more of our students completed Form IV!
  • Continued development of our Kesho Fund!

2019

  •  We anticipate several graduations this year: in August, our first student will complete Jobortunity and in November two more of our students will complete their Form IV studies.
  • Planning for our 10th Anniversary celebration (an event in NYC) is underway! Contact Elizabeth JOSChildSponsorship@gmail.com for more details!