Christina's Blog

Christina summer 2019 update

It’s me Christina and I am back for holiday from the university. I am studying Human Resource Management because I want to become a Human Resource Manager. I am studying at Mzumbe University in the Mbeya region. 

In order for me to study Human Resource Management I had to take a course: PUB (in general, known as the core subjects) which are office management, training and development, supervisor and leadership and leadership style. I had to take other subjects as well such as Account, labour laws, communication skills, business mathematics and customer services. My favorite subject are the core subjects that means PUB.

In my first semester, I got a B in Elements of Accounting and Financial Management, B in Communication Skills In Management, B+ in Supervisory Skills and Leadership Skills, B+ in Elementary Mathematics and Statistics. In my second semester, I got an A in Introduction to Customer Services Management, A in Labour Law and Labour Relation, A in Organizational Behavior, B+ in Human Resource Training and Development and an A in Office Procedures and Records Management. This led to a GPA of 4.3 for my first year.

Through the year that I had while studying, I have learned a lot of things such as how to handle a customer, how to lead people, how to become the best manager at a certain company.

At the moment, I am on holiday, but I will continue with my diploma in Human Resource Management from October at the same university. I dream of always doing my best and make a difference in my life and in other people’s lives like Make A Difference has made a lot of difference in mine. Therefore, I do prayers, study hard and the rest I leave to God.

                 Thank you so much, 

                                                      Love, Christina


Joseph summer 2019 update

Hi everyone,

How are you doing? I am doing fine.

The main theme of writing this blog is to inform you that I have joined Arusha Technical College, where I study automotive. I started my college education in January and since then I have learned about: how to fix an engine and how to take out the petrol from within the car.

The other thing I would like to tell you is about my subjects. At the moment, I have 8 subjects such as math, engineering science, lifeskills, english, geography and automotive engineering. My favorite subjects are engineering science and automotive engineering. I really enjoy studying at this school as I get to do a lot of practical work in the workshop, where I can test out the theories that I learn in the classroom. In the end, I would like to become a good engineer. Last month, I had exams where the results will be announced after one month.

Thank you for supporting me with my education.


Edward summer 2019 update


Hello everyone,

I am on holiday from college at the moment, as I have completed my first year. I will be going back shortly to start my second year.

I study economics at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro. I am really very happy for your support. Your support has been very helpful to me since I was young and until now where I am in college. I want to get my bachelor in economics because I would like to become a manager in the business field, as I enjoy conducting business.

I have spent my holiday doing work at the MAD office with Janeth, as well as spending time with my grandmother at the village.

Thank you everyone for supporting me.


Stanley summer 2019 update


Hello everybody!

I hope that this finds you well. I am doing well and currently I am on vacation till October.

I am studying common law and I have completed my certificate in law. Soon in mid-October I will start talking my diploma in law courses. In the previous course, I liked every course as they all accounted to my career. My favourite courses were criminal law, civil law and human rights.

Through the certificate in law studies I had an introduction to common law and practice. I was also introduced to the skills of drafting legal documents in courts of law. The theoretical classes were well underlined through the field attachments. I was attached to the Moshi District Court and later had a week of experience at the Moshi town Primary Court. The field attachment was more practical knowledge than theory. At the end of the field attachment I had to write a well composed project essay. This was a report on what transpired during field attachment in connection with the theoretical classes I had at the University.

At the moment, I am lodging applications to various Universities for Diploma Courses. I have successfully lodged an application for Diploma in law course at Mzumbe University in Mbeya Campus. I am also having various medical check-up because I had medical issues when I was at the university. Apart from the application and the medical check-up that I am attending, I also help my grandparents with home chores and farm work at the village.

My recent favourite moment was on the 10th of August when the final Certificate in Law results were out and I had the Highest GPA of 4.5 of all the student and from the result I had the best certificate project essay with 91 scores. That is the recent favourite moment as it has a very crucial impact in my life. First it is from the best result that will enable me to qualify to go for Diploma studies in other universities or in the same university but at a different campus. Another great impact is that I will attend the university’s November awards for the best students. During the graduation ceremony I will receive the award for leading GPA and for the best certificate in law project essay.

Even though I am on holiday, there is no free time in the village unless one is lazy enough to create it. I spend all the time that I have on home chores and farm work routine. Some home chores include, cleaning the house, fetching water, preparing firewood, and helping with cooking. The farm work includes taking care of the animals (pigs, cows, goats and chickens) by feeding them and cleaning where they stay. Other works related to farming are adding animal manure to banana plants, taking care of the coffee plants and cultivating the farm.

I would like to thank every member of Make A Difference Now Organization for making a great difference in my life. This includes everyone who is reading this right now and would like to join the efforts to make a difference in millions of people’s lives through education. I believe that through helping me reach goals by obtaining a better education, I can make a difference in other people’s lives just as I experienced the difference through the support of other people.

By being a good lawyer I can help the oppressed who do not know about their rights. It can also be a nice ground for me to become a great politician. Being the best politician, I can make policies that will help to overcome the African challenges such as education, disease and ignorance, misuse of resources and many factors that will help to eradicate poverty.

It is my hope that everyone who reads this would like to support me to reach my dreams and join the efforts of making a difference in people’s lives. May good Lord God bless and protect you and your family, may he grant you long life on Earth and the promises of Heaven.


Stanley (Mwenda)

Esther, Uncategorized

Starting a new chapter as a student at University of Edinburgh.


Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing good. I am doing well.

I am writing to give my gratitude to you for your support during my high school life when I was studying International Baccalaureate (IB) at International School Moshi. It was quite a journey full of lessons, challenges and fun. From my high school studies, I gained new perspectives in life which improved my values. I learned new skills such as swimming, debating and playing tennis. For that and much more, I am thankful.

Now I am moving on to a new chapter, a new university in a new country. After I graduated high school, I applied to University of Edinburgh and I got accepted on a full scholarship from The MasterCard Foundation. I am so happy and grateful for the given chance to study Business with Enterprise and Innovation in the University of Edinburgh. Being an entrepreneur has always been my dream. My country, Tanzania, is full of potentials and as a citizen, I look forward exploring the potentials we have for the development of our nation. So, by studying Business with Enterprise and Innovation, I believe I can reach my goal.

University of Edinburgh provides the students with a nice environment to study in. Having to study in such a peaceful and diverse environment gets me excited. I look forward to explore my course and the universities resources, so I can increase my knowledge, skills and my values as a person.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers.

God bless you always.


Esther Mndeme.


Mary’s national exam results and future plans

Hello Everyone,

It is so nice writing again this blog. I graduated from high school on the 5th of May 2019. I started doing my national exam for two weeks from the 2nd to 14th of May. The first week was the theoretical part and the other was practical.

The results for the national exam were announced on the 11th of July. I thank God that I got good grades: Chemistry B, Biology C, Physics C. I got
division 1.8. On the 15th of July, I started applications for universities. I applied for three universities that is KCMC in Moshi, Bugando in Mwanza and also UDOM in Dodoma. They are all in Tanzania. I would like to go to KCMC where some of the MAD kids study, Subirah, Benny, Shabani, Exuper and Innocent.

I applied for Medical Doctor. I will hopefully be joining in October. It will take 5 years to become a Medical Doctor and one more year of internships. Then two years to specialize in becoming an Orthopaedic doctor.

Thank you very much for your support. May God bless you always.


Love, Mary

MAD & SFDC Volunteering, Volunteers of MAD

Day 6 Volunteering with MAD

Happy Independence Day to America! July 4 is a day of celebration for us as Americans, but a bittersweet day as volunteers – it’s our last day with Make A Difference Now in Tanzania.

A volunteer trip with MAD offers opportunities for cultural learning and exchange, so we started our day with a trip to the local market. Simple wooden food stalls offered fruits, vegetables, beans, maize (corn), meat, and animal feed. We were on a mission to buy plaintains to make a typical Tanzanian banana stew – ndizi njegere. We were also tempted by the huge avocados (now in season), tasty tomatoes and the yummy papaya.

Tanzanian market
Local market in Moshi

Banana seller
Bananas are a staple crop of the Kilimanjaro region

Morning shopping basket
Not a bad haul for a morning’s shopping!






Back at the guesthouse, we were met by MAD scholarship students with the traditional greeting – double hugs with a friendly “Jambo” (hello). The students are on summer break now and eager to hang out with the volunteers. Our first order of business was to catalog the needs of the students before they go back to school – clothing, shoes, toiletries, school supplies, and more. As the MAD students are orphans from impoverished backgrounds, they largely rely on Make A Difference donations to get properly outfitted for school. Next we worked with the students to finalize their latest blog post updates. You can check out the posts from each student using the categories at the top of this blog.

Continuing with the cultural exchange, our amazing house cook, Flora, taught us how to make ndizi njegere (that’s the banana stew). Plantains, onions, carrots, tomato, potatoes, coconut, and peas make up this hearty local dish. I can speak for all of the volunteers when I say we will greatly miss Flora’s delicious cooking!

Flora, MAD house cook
Flora teaches us to make banana stew – ndizi njegere

Banana stew
Banana stew







We ended our day, and this incredible trip, with a traditional Tanzanian send-off, complete with cake, songs, dances, gifts, thank you notes, a prayer, lots of photos, and many hugs all around. One of the traditions is to feed a small piece of cake from a toothpick to a person who has helped you, so the students took turns offering cake to each of the volunteers. Every volunteer was also awarded a certificate in recognition of their contributions to MAD and Tanzania, along with a khanga (sarong), which is a traditional Tanzanian wrap for women with a saying embroidered on it. Janeth, our house manager, explained that khangas with sayings such as “Congratulations” or “Thank You” or “God Bless” are kind of like the greeting cards of Tanzania. Our sole male volunteer, Ali, was given the traditional cloth of a Maasai warrior in recognition of his expert “tech warrior” assistance leading the setup of the computers for the MAD Computer Certificate Program this week. And finally the students taught us a local dance called the kwaito, which is suspiciously identical to the Electric Slide.

Cake eating
Peter offers Catherine a piece of cake on a toothpick as a traditional way to thank someone who has helped you

Eliona and Ali
Eliona congratulates Ali with a traditional Maasai warrior cloth

As we prepare to say “Kwaheri” (goodbye) to the MAD students as we depart on Kilimanjaro treks, safaris, or back home to the USA, I can say that none of us will ever forget the welcoming and friendly nature of the Tanzanian people, the beauty of the Kilimanjaro region, the resilience and determination of the MAD students to improve their lives, and the difference that Make a Difference Now is having on education in Tanzania.

Group photo
Kwaheri (Goodbye)!