Deo’s Blog


Hi Friends

I am now at Moshi with my friends; Omega, Neema, Edward, Shabani and Mwenda.

We are all in a short holiday from school. My holiday was really short and now it’s about to come to an end!

I joined my new school as I told you guys last time, my school is good and its such a great experience to be there. I made a lot of friends  and it was really amazing to meet students from all over Tanzania and from different schools.

The school environment is good and it is very hot over there because the school is close to the ocean, so the weather is different from Himo.

Studies are proceeding well. I will be back to school soon and my next holiday will be in December. This will be a very long holiday up to mid January.

All the best


Jambo everyone!

I have been doing well and have had a very long holiday from November 2013 but now it has finally come to an end. My holiday was awesome and I did a ton of things.

I went to visit my aunt who lives in Arusha: a region 70 kilometers form the orphanage, I often helped her out at her store.

We had wonderful moments with the last group of volunteers from salesforce foundation: Perrisa, Sepand, Farrell, Igor, Jason, Mellinda, Megan and Nancy. All these guys were amazing and I miss all of them dearly!. We painted the technology center at the Royal school, the tech center is almost ready for use!!

While the salesforce group of volunteers was around, we did a home visit together to my village, my family was so very happy to see me and the volunteers that accompanied me. Likewise the volunteers loved the visit too. It was good for me to see my family in the village again.

I have been selected to join one of the best school in Tanzania for my high school education for the next two years!, I will be studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology classes. The school is located in the coastal region, near the Indian ocean, It is a boys’ school. I can not wait to make some new friends and start enjoying an entirely new set of environment. I am leaving for school tomorrow, July 17th and I am not sure yet when my next holiday will be.

By for now,



05 /14/ 20014

Hi guys! Today I am at the MAD guest house updating my Blog!

I have been doing good so far and everything is just cool. Today we went to pick Perissa, Farrell, and Sepand up from the airport. We are really happy to have them  here!  I went home to see my grandparents. I stayed there for three days and went at my aunts place in Arusha. I have been doing tuition (tutoring) at Arusha and I have been doing my personal studies especially in Physics , Chemistry and Biology.

Last week Revo and I went to The International School of Moshi (ISM) to meet the Director of Admissions.


Hi guys! In the past 6 months I have received the following items:

  • 1 pair of sport shoes & 1 pair of sport socks
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 2 regular shoes
  • 2 pairs of school socks
  • 1 school sport t-shirt
  • 1 pack pack
  • 2 erasers, 2 sharpeners, & 1 ruler
  • 2 wash cloths & 1 towel
  • 1 toothbrush & 1 toothpaste
  • Laundry soap @ home
  • 1 belt, 7 shirts, 5 t-shirts, 5 pairs of pants, 2 vests, 2 sweaters, 5 pairs of boxers
  • 2 bed sheets
  • 1 suitcase

I am looking forward to starting advanced levels soon! Thank you for supporting me! 03/22/2014 Hello guys! My time at the Intentional school was short but I made a lot of friends! The school is wonderful and the students are very social. I met people from different Nationalities with charming faces. Everybody welcomed me warmly. We were five people who had to do the interview. The first day we had an orientation which was about the scholarship, the school and the IB Diploma Programme. The next day we had a debate and the motion was “Internet causes more harm than Good”  I chose to propose the motion and I guess that side was the hardest one but we tried our level best! We then went for the interview which went well and I am now waiting for the results!   Please PRAY FOR ME!!! 3/19/2014 Hi everyone! I am working on MAD’s next online newsletter with Neema, Omega, and Revo. We are learning how to use Constant Contact. Below is a picture of me interviewing the Headmistress of the Royal Junior School. I am talking to her about the library and technology center MAD is helping her school build. MAD matches every dollar that the School puts into their school! We will have more about this building project in our newsletter! Tonight I get to spend the night at the International School of Moshi. I am borrowing one of MAD’s digital cameras to take pictures of my experience. The School is interviewing me for a scholarship. I am praying that I get it!  Thinking good thoughts!   DSCN0125   03/14/2014 Hi friends! All of the kids here at the orphanage were extremely happy to see Mama Theresa. She arrived back home yesterday!  We had missed her a lot!  Well, I have been doing great since the last time I updated my Blog. I am now spending my holiday well and I am having a wonderful time. I am at the orphanage with my friends and we are helping the younger kids with their homework and all other everything related to their studies. Most of them are in grade seven and they will be siting for their national exams soon so we want them to pass exceptionally well. I have also been helping the house moms at the orphanage and I am happy to be with them because I used to be at school all the time. The  younger kids are exalted to have us around. They tend to miss us whenever we are gone. Before the 21st of February I was very nervous waiting for my national examinations results. By the way everyone who did the exam was nervous too because it is something that one can hardly keep him/herself from thinking about!  The results are finally out! My results were outstanding and I was thrilled to see them. I scored incredibly well, with an A average in almost all classes. It is very hard for most Tanzanian students to score this well. I had to congratulate myself first before anyone else could congratulate me!  : )  I also thanked God because He is the one who made it happen!  I now thank you all since I believe you were praying for me and you all have been a huge part of my success. I was happy to find out that I too had enough A’s for the classes I am planning to pursue in my further studies and eventually in higher school education: chemistry, biology, and physics. I recently went to Tengeru Boys’ Secondary School (my former secondary school) to collect my results which were required in order for me to be able to apply for a scholarship at the International School Moshi (ISM). This a very prestigious school with students from around the world. It’s also really expensive. I met my teachers and friends who were really happy to see me from the good results that I had scored and being the second student to have ever scored that high at Tengeru Boys Secondary School since the school started in 2005. I also met with some of the boys who are from the orphanage; Edward, Mwenda, and Shabani. They are all schooling there. They are all doing great and working hard on their grades. Mwenda told me that he has a problem with mathematics and promised me he would put more effort into it so he can pass his exams. I am now working on going to the International School  Moshi (ISM) for my Advanced studies. I will be going for an interview on the 20th and spending the night until the 21st of this month. I believe I will pass the interview!  I kindly ask you to pray for me so as I can do well with it! We are now doing computer classes at a computer center near our orphanage. We have already studied five computer programs and we always do a test after the end of every program. I am delighted to be studying computer classes! My friend and I are still working on a mathematics book which I talked about last time.  The book will be ready on Tuesday, 18th and after that I hope Mama Theresa will help us with publishing the book. I believe that the book will help Tanzanian students in their studies. This project will also help us generate a lot of money that can be used for our education.

My graduation from secondary school!  Revo and I received an award for 'Best Student in all Subjects'!

My graduation from secondary school! Revo and I received  awards for ‘Best Student in all Subjects’!  On the far left is my aunt and niece. One the far right is Emmanuel who worked as an assistant to MAD for two years!

IMG_8347 IMG_8322 11/26/2013 Today I am in Moshi town (just 30 minutes from Himo where our center is). I am learning how to update my Blog at the Make A Difference office. I hope this will help me a lot in my future. MORE ABOUT ME! I am really looking forward to the future. I hope to do a doctor one day (a neurological  surgeon) . I hope this will help me to help and make a difference in my country and the world at large. I know being a doctor takes a long time and one has to be patient, but I hope if one has such dreams he/she will actually reach the intended goals. I like playing basketball and smiling, but not that much. I  look serious sometimes, especially at school and I like making new friends. We did exams this month from 4th of november to 13th . They were not that tough. and I hope do well in the exams.



Below are my results for term one at school for the year 2013. Results for term two have yet to come out. Here is our grading scale by the way: 81-100 =A, 61-80=B, 41- 60 =C, 40-21=D, 20-0=F

1/76  1/76

10/26/2013 Today I graduated from secondary school. It was a glorious moment. I’ll never forget how happy I felt!  Emmanuel and Theresa came to our graduation to celebrate with us. They were extremely proud. 4/15/2013 My full name is Deogratias G. Riwa. I was born in 1994. My dad died when I was four years old. He first had a car accident and he got brain damage and later died from lung cancer.  My mother died when I was six years old due to Malaria. Before coming to the orphanage at Himo, I was studying at a certain primary school which was a government school. The school wasn’t good and based on Swahili as a medium of communication. In 2006, I came to the orphanage at Himo and I got the best primary education from 2006 to 2009. I joined secondary school by the help of Make A Difference in 2010 up to now . I am in one of the best schools in Tanzania and this is a great fortune. My dream is to become a doctor so I can help the whole world in one way or another. I hope everything will go well since God is always on our side. I send my great exults to Make A Difference and all people who have helped me over the years.

Deo with his grandfather, who has since passed

Deo with his great  grandfather, who passed away in 2008 and his life span was 124years.

Deo before he came to the orphanage

Deo before he came to the orphanage

Deo and his relatives in their village

Deo and his relatives and neighbours in their village.


One Response to Deo’s Blog

  1. Nancy Grant says:

    Hujambo Deo,
    It was such a blessing to meet you and the others at the orphanage earlier this year. I have a picture of all of you taken in front of the orphanage that I keep on my Facebook page so get to see it many times a week. It’s a nice reminder of the lovely time Debbie and I spent with you special young people.

    I understand you will be going to Tanga for your advanced level studies (or may already be there???) How exciting! You are an incredibly bright and caring young man. I know you will do extremely well and achieve your goal of being a doctor.

    Know that I am always praying for you and the others. I’m looking forward to returning to Tanzania early next year and to seeing you again. Thank you again for sending me home with more Swahili to learn. I hope to be speaking it much better when I return.

    Nancy Grant

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