Neema

Neema’s Update 2019

Hello everyone,

It has been long without updating my blog. I have recently finished my studies of finance and my graduation will be in November from the university of Dar es salaam. I would be very happy to accomplish my dreams of becoming a financial manager. The three years of studying were a bit challenging but I am thanking God for helping me towards accomplishing my dreams.

The most recent courses that I have undertaken at university were International Business Finance, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility, Business Planning, Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management. My favorite course was Business Planning, which is also the course I performed the best in. My other favorite was Field Practical with Research Component. 

Throughout my studies, I have learned how to create a business, how to market a business and how to run a business. As my professor told me, we are in university to become the employer and not the employee. A big part of this is how to manage your money and how to utilize it, which is why I enjoyed focusing on finance.    

Thank you everyone for your support. For without your support I would not be who am right now. May God bless you always.

I would like to say thank you for helping me through my educational journey. There were challenges but I thank you God for helping me get through these.

Thank you all

I love you,

Neema

Juma

Juma’s Update 2019

Hi everyone, 

It is my hope that you are all fine. I am fine and doing well. I am now on holiday for about two weeks from school. 

I am at advanced level (high school) at Bendel Memorial Secondary School, where I study science subjects which are physics, chemistry and biology and general subjects like basic applied mathematics and general studies. The school is not so far from where I live so it only takes me an hour and a half to reach there. My favorite subjects are physics and biology since they are the most interesting and the most applicable in our daily life. They are also the subjects that I perform the best in.  

During my studies, we have learned a lot. For example, in physics we have finished mechanics One and learned about dimensions, Newton’s laws of motions etc. In chemistry we have learned about the atomic structure and we are now learning about the states of matter: solids, liquids and gasses. In biology we have learned about cytology, biochemistry, classification and homeostasis and we are now learning about excretion and regulation process in living organisms. 

Due to the science subjects that I take, I will be able to go to college for further studies to become a doctor. The college that I wish to go to after I graduate from my advanced level in 2021 is KCMC. 

In my holiday, I am doing revision on what I have been studying at school and trying to study beyond what the teachers have been teaching in order to make it easier for more revisions at school. I also help my grandmother on harvesting maize and I help my relatives and friends with their studies because they are going for their national exams. 

I would like to thank Make A Difference Now for shining light on my life by supporting me with everything that I need. 

May the almighty God bless you all. 

Love from, 

Juma 

Jackline

Jackie’s Update 2019

Hi everyone. 

My name is Jackie. It is my hope that you are doing well. I am doing well too. Thank you very much for continuing to support me with my education. I am now in my third year of nursing at Hubert Kairuki which is located in Dar es Salaam. This will be my last year in college and my graduation will be next year – December 2020. I am so excited that I am going to complete college. 

I have learned a lot from my course. In the last semester, which ended in September, I learned how to care for the general patient (like patients with Malaria, Fever, Hypertension etc.). That is what we call general nursing and I have also learned Midwifery, which is dealing with pregnant women. I am now able to take care of a pregnant woman and deliver babies. I am so proud of that. 

I would like to use my studies for helping those around me and also to help my community with helping to take care of pregnant women and deliver babies since I can do it very well after practicing it so many times. 

Thank you all very much for supporting me with my education and may God bless you. 

Love,

Jackie 

Innocent

Volunteering During My Holiday

Hi everyone!!!! 

I hope everyone is doing well. I am doing well.

I am studying to become a pharmacist at KCMC, where I am going to continue my second year of diploma on October 21st. My last courses were pharmacology, compounding, medical store, law and ethic and inorganic chemistry. My favourite course is Medical store. Throughout my studies I have learnt how to take care of different patients and how to speak politely to the patients.

Now I am on my holiday for one month and half. During my holiday, I am volunteering at Faraja hospital, a private hospital in Himo. I am helping in dispensing of medicine and giving instructions to patients on how to take his or her medication and counselling the patient.

I want to use my education to educate everyone, especially in my community, that illness does not only need to be treated with medication, but others need supplementary medication for example by drinking a lot of water or eating a lot of fruit and vegetables. Thank you everyone for your support in my education.

May Mighty God bless you all.                                                    

Love Innocent!! 

Volunteers of MAD

Sherehe “Celebrate” from Joe and Tamara

On our fourth and final day, we kicked things off with an ice breaker. During our ice breaker, the group, identified mutual points of connections. We learned that although we are all from different countries, ages and cultures – we have so much in common! 

After a few laughs, it was straight to business. The team collaborated to strengthen our skills in Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. We focused on the current conditions and challenges the people of Tanzania face. 50% of the Tanzanian population lives on less than $1.90 a day and major inroads need to be made in order to create a system where people can overcome poverty. The extreme poverty leads students to spend hours walking to school, low literacy rates, no internet, and in some cases no access to electricity.  

We did not just learn about challenges. We discussed ways to overcome them. We dreamed, ideated, and created paths that could help students move past the lives they were born into and create the life they want. The students inspired us by building and delivering great presentations about how they want to drive positive change and help solve educational problems in Tanzania. 

We ended our time together with a proper Tanzanian “Send Off” celebration. We danced, sang and celebrated with the children. We both created bonds that can never be broken. Emma, Janeth, Flora, Elliona, Jonas, Juma, Subira, Stanley, Christina, Mary, Innocent and Tanzania we will miss you!

Day 4 from the Salesforce team

Volunteers of MAD

Future women in tech from Andy, Thang and Colin

Mambo! Day three of our volunteer trip was incredible. Every day seems better than the last. We had over six hours of hands-on interaction with local female students at the Moshi Community Centre, where we met with Father Dominic and began the day with him explaining what the day would entail. Today’s goals were to expose the girls to more English, technology and various career options by helping them register for a certification at the Centre. The center is focused on girls because there are fewer opportunities for women. These programs will give them access to new career opportunities not available to the average secondary school graduate.

Morning brief by Father Dominic at Moshi Community Centre

All the students had amazing attitudes and were very grateful we were there to work with them. The students defy all odds and work through immense obstacles, including, four-hour round-trip bus rides to school, poverty, lack of resources, and being orphaned at an early age. While they have not led easy lives, these students remain resilient and do not let excuses be part of their narrative. MAD offers buses for transport and supplies many computers to the center to help with these studies. Often the government doesn’t have the budget to supply computers to their schools and kids will only get access at private schools.

We began afternoon activities with introductions and played an ice-breaker called “Two Truths and One Lie.” There was an abundance of laughter as we learned more about each other’s personal lives.  We live continents apart, but ultimately, we all have so much in common. 

In addition, we taught the students google documents and introduced them to Microsoft Office. Most of the girls had very little exposure to a computer, many were using a computer for the very first time and we helped them all create their first email accounts. Although many of them had little to no experience with Google, their enthusiasm to learn something new and different made everything worthwhile. We taught them how to use Google Docs and sending emails as this is a baseline requirement for school and work. 

The Salesforce crew took turns explaining the importance of computers and the internet in our daily lives, both at work and personally as well. Our top tier MAD students were in attendance to help out and their translation skills were invaluable, as many of the concepts were better explained in Swahili for the class.

While we started the day as strangers, we ended as friends. We are thankful we had the opportunity to spend the whole day with the girls and look forward to seeing these young women evolve into successful women.

Day 3 from the Salesforce team

Volunteers of MAD

Chasing waterfalls from Sara and Alexandra

Today we had a jam packed day exploring the Kilimanjaro area with our main man, Stanley.  Stanley, one of the first students sponsored by MAD, took us to his village to meet his Babu and Bibi (grandfather and grandmother) in the home where he was raised. Stanley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCL0Rmn2h50&t=148s) has been raised by his grandparents since both of his parents passed away from HIV/AIDS. When he is not in school, he spends his time supporting them.

Stanley with his bibi (grandmother) in their livingroom

The previous day’s Swahili lesson proved to be useful as Babu welcomed us warmly into his home.  Babu, now 78, inherited their home from his own grandfather and has been living there with Bibi since they had met in school many years ago.  The modest home is surrounded by livestock and the group was able to welcome the baby calf and days old goat fondly named “Flower”.  Babu, Bibi, and Stanley all wake early in the morning to tend to the animals and spend the day gathering food and water.  

Alexandra and Flower
Stanley and his family’s livelihood

After helping restock the troughs for the cows, Stanley guided us down the hill to show us the stream he spent his childhood running up and down to. Our group, however, inched along as we made our way slowly down the steep hill.  The hike was worth it though when Stanley showed us the beautiful waterfalls that he has grown up with.  The group couldn’t seem to take enough pictures and Stanley had to work hard to herd us away.  After returning home to Babu and Bibi with water in tow, we gave our last snuggles to Flower the baby goat and made promises to visit again soon.

One of the waterfalls in the village

With Babu and Bibi in the rearview mirror, we headed off to have a quick lunch before visiting the Chagga museum.  The Chagga are the native people of the Kilimanjaro area and we spent a few moments learning about the tools, housing, and traditions of the tribe before heading off to the Primary School that Stanley attended.  

Stanley’s babu and bibi (grandfather and grandmother) saying kwa heri (goodbye)
At the Chagga museum seeing a traditional Chagga hut

We were greeted with big smiles from children of all ages dressed in uniforms in all of the primary colors.  It turns out that Friday is the day each student can choose the color they wish to wear and the colors compete in various activities.  All of the students were excited to show off their English while we eagerly yelled “Mambo” to each student while giving them high fives and fist bumps.  We toured the entire school including the new computer room, science lab and basketball court.  It was overwhelming to see the impact that the combined Salesforce and MAD teams can make. 

Fist bumps with the primary students

As the students gave us their final high fives, everyone gave a warm goodbye to Stanley as he headed back home to Babu and Bibi.  The entire group was a bit worn down from the Tanzanian afternoon heat as we headed home to our MAD guest house but it is nothing a good meal from our favorite chef can’t fix!

Day 2 from the Salesforce Team

The Salesforce Team with Stanley, the principal of Royal Primary school and our driver Constantine