When the UK team visited Tanzania in February 2014 they received a letter from one of EdUKaid’s long-term sponsored students, Daudi George.
Daudi has been supported by EdUKaid for 6 years now. His sponsorship started when he was entering Form 1 (the beginning of Secondary School), where the fee’s increase, and at which point most children in this region of Tanzania (approximately 75%) finish their education. This is not because they want to; but because their families cannot afford it, or there are no schools within a 10+km radius and it is just inaccessible.
This wasn’t the case for Daudi – with his ambition and enthusiasm, and with support from EdUKaid’s sponsorship scheme, he was determined to make it count, and not be one of the 75% stat! In his letter that we received, Daudi shared his most recent exam results with us. He had achieved straight A’s and B’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English! He also asked if EdUKaid could support him in going to University, and this is why we need your help.
In a small village like Mikindani and others close-by, opportunities to further education are usually always out of reach for local people due to the high fee’s associated, and very low, if any income that most families experience.
Daudi and Anna doing their EdUKaid updates with the team.
To give you a bit of background on Daudi, Daudi’s father left when he was very young and he has grown up with his Mother, two younger sisters and brother. One of Daudi’s sister’s, Anna is an EdUKaid sponsored student; both Anna and Daudi were identified as two of the most vulnerable children by the local village Ward Councillor. Daudi grew up in a small mud-hut in Mtwara, and went to his local Primary School. Daudi’s mother doesn’t have an income, she is a subsistence farmer – in and around their school timetables and home-based work, Daudi and Anna have always, and continue to help their mother on their small farm.
The EdUKaid updates that the Tanzanian team carry out with sponsored students started to paint a picture of Daudi’s hard work and dedication, and subsequent outstanding achievements early on. Back in 2010, Daudi featured in EdUKaid’s newsletter leaflet, being identified as the top student in his class. When we caught up with Daudi to congratulate him, his initial response was to thank EdUKaid for supporting his sister.
Despite the challenges and the not knowing if he will ever be able to continue his education, Daudi has not for a second given up, given in, slowed down, or let the what could or what could not happen, get in his way.
During the latest trip to Tanzania we caught up with Daudi to tell him the latest on our fundraising efforts. After a difficult meeting in September having to say that we were only half way to our target, it was fantastic that this meeting was to be a positive one. After one year of fundraising we can now announce that Daudi can go to university! A huge thank you to all the supporters, you have made his dream come true.
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