Mary Coronavirus Update

Hi Everyone!!!

It was on the 18th of March when all schools including universities in Tanzania needed to be closed due to this dangerous disease outbreak. Sadly there were only two weeks remaining before my end of semester 1 examination. The second day after the schools were closed I went to my village. 

For the first week I stayed in the village, I did the youth task force as it was indicated by the founder of Make A Difference Now Organization. I and other MAD students (Stanley, Omega and Christina) participated in the Youth Task Force as a group. We managed to educate a member from 5 families on COVID-19 and prevention methods whilst practicing social distancing.

I and other MAD students (Upendo, Peter and Innocent) were later given a chance to stay at the MAD guest house. In the village there is no conducive environment for me to study. Mama Theresa provided me with the internet that facilitated my online learning. The MAD organization provided me with a proper balanced diet, gloves, sanitizer and masks that would help prevent me from getting coronavirus. I wash as well as sanitize my hands every time before I touch anything. 

During my holiday I made some videos showing how to wash hands for at least 20 seconds while singing happy birthday as well as showing how banana stew (which is my favorite food) is made.

On the 17th of this month our president announced that all 13th grade and universities would open on 1st June. I am excited to go back to school again.

I hope everyone is taking precautions and good care to prevent getting the COVID-19.  We all hope that this will come to an end by Lord’s Mercy. Stay home and be safe. We love you all,

Love from,



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

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Mary’s Update 2019

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Hello Everyone,
It has been a very long time since I’ve written on my blog. Last year was very busy for me and this year has been as well. In 2017 I joined a High School called St Mary Goreti which is near the guest house in Moshi. I took three main classes that are Physics, Chemistry and Biology and some additional classes were Basic Applied Mathematics and General Studies. This year in May I finally did my national examination. The results will be announced in this month. I Hope I will do well.
When the results are announced then the applications for joining university will begin. I planning to apply the University of KCMC; it’s a medical college. I will be joining the University in September. I want to be a Doctor.
Thank you so much for your support. May God bless you always.


Mary’s Village

Going to Mary’s village gave me a whole new perspective on life. Mary lives in a village called Maande. When leaving MAD she takes a bus for 2 hours and walks 2 hours up a mountain to get to her village. Her kitchen is small and she uses firewood that she collects to start a fire. They have no cutting board and a limited supply of materials needed for cooking. Mary cooks for her family when she’s home, fetches the water, cuts grass, gets firewood, and washes dishes and clothes. Mary is very hardworking and does her best to take care of her family. Her family was so proud of her and everything she has accomplished. In comparison, I live in Marin in California. My kitchen is a lot bigger than Mary’s and we have every material needed for cooking. At home, I don’t do many chores. I wash my dishes, clean my room, cook and sometimes do my laundry. Mary and I live very different lives. It amazes me how people in Tanzania have so little, but they don’t complain and they work very hard to take care of their family. Mary’s family welcomed us to their home and we’re so appreciative of the work we were doing. Mary is an incredible young woman and with her work ethic, she will go very far in life.

Ry Goodwin



It has been a long time since I updated l my blog

Hello Everyone!!!!!!!
It has been a long time since I updated l my blog due to school work. School is going well for me despite a few challenges with being in a new international environment. However, I am still working on these challenges, so that I can overcome them. I like the school, (International School of Moshi) which I attend. It has a conducive environment for me to study in. The teachers encourage me a lot and are always ready to help me whenever I need their aid.
During this semester I joined two sports which are tennis and netball. I had been eager to join tennis since last quarter but I wasn’t sure that I would be able to play well. However, as time has gone by, I feel like I can do it! Additionally, my hand netball lessons have also helped me improve
When I have free time during the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I spend time with my friends, in group discussions about different topics done in class. When we come across difficulties in some concepts we seek assistance from teachers, regardless of the subject during the weekends, I work on my homework, have personal studies or sometimes read a novel. Some of the novels that I have ever read are, “Can You Keep a Secret?”, “Anna’s Story”, “Divergent” and “Girl Missing”. The novels have been interesting and I wish they would continue!
I am taking six classes (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, English and Swahili). Biology and Chemistry are still my favorite subjects. Math is my least favorite classes because the concept in it is vast and sometimes confusing am still working hard to get good grades in all other classes.
Thank you all for your support in my education. God bless you all.


Accepted to schools

Hi everyone!
I am currently on holiday since I graduated form IV on the 15th of November 2015. It’s been almost 6 months where I have been on holiday. I have been in my village spending time with my relatives and also getting to know them. It was really nice and lovely to get to know everyone at my village and how I am related to them.
During the month of February I did interviews with two school. By Gods graces I was accepted into those schools. Also I got a chance to apply to another school called Community school in India and I got a chance to be accepted there as well. That did not come into an end mama Theresa tried to make me join International School of Moshi, which is a very good school. By Gods mercy I was also accepted into that school. So for now I will be going to International School of Moshi during the month of August, but I really don’t know the date of when I will be going.
Thank you very much everyone for supporting me. May God bless abundantly. I have nothing to pay you but the Almighty God will bless you always.
Love Mary Ernest


Just Graduated!

Hello everyone!!!

I have just graduated from O Level education to Advanced Level education in my graduation. I was given the first prize in Biology. I was really happy to have it because Biology is a good subject for me to become an orthopedic (doctor for the bones).

The school was very, very good, teachers were kind to us always. They taught very well until we were able to understand every topic that was on the syllabus.

For not I will be going to my village to visit my relatives. I will be staying at my uncle’s and aunt’s house. Since they are now old I will be helping them with my chores every day

After the national examination results are announced, I will go to interview at a school called St. Mary’s Mazinde Juu. It is a very good school that is located in Lushoto (Tanga).

Thank you very much for sponsoring me with my education. May God bless you always. I love you all.



Mock Examinations

Hi everyone!
I am on holiday from school and I will be on holiday for three weeks. That is from the 5th of June to the 27th of June.

In the month of May on the 25th, I did my mock examinations (exams that are conducted in three regions). I hope that I have done well in those exams.

On the 2nd of November I will do my national exams until the 12th of November and I will be graduating on the 14th of November, 2015.

Today I am going to my village to visit my aunt and uncle. I will help them to do the chores at the house and other work. I also have my homework that I have to do while I am at the village.

When it reaches the day before going to school I will come back to the guesthouse to prepare myself for school.

My goal for the year is to do well in my national examinations.

I want to be an orthopedic doctor when I finish with my schooling. I hope that my dream will come true and be accomplished. Please pray for me so I can reach my dreams.

I love you all!

Love, Mary