Revo’s Blog

Hi all!

Here are the things I got for school this January:

Two pairs of socks

Pens and Pencils

A pair of scissors

A ruler

Three glue sticks

A deodorant

Two notebooks

Two pairs of boxers and

Toothpaste

 

January, 8th 2015

Happy new year everyone!!!

My new year began just fine and I had this wonderful Christmas. I spent my Christmas with my brothers, sisters and mother in the village; it was so lovely. We rarely get to see each other in other months than December.

I am now getting myself ready for school (it opens on 14th). I have some homework to do and some other things to accomplish before the 13th. The year is starting to get busy all of a sudden :).

My academic and CAS reports and my award for a Knowledgeable Student.

Have a great start of the year; great January!

 

December, 18th 2014

Hi Everyone,

It’s almost Christmas and I just closed school yesterday. It has only been a day but I already miss my friends.

We had assembly at school yesterday (17th). I sang four (school choir) songs before the entire school and parents. There was this part I had to do a solo that I prepared for just five minutes before the assembly. I was a little nervous on the stage but everything went as planned. I got an award for being a knowledgeable student! I was so surprised for I had not expected such a rare award. I almost shade tears of joy.

My grades this quarter sum up to 32 (out of 35). I got sevens in Geography and Swahili and sixes in Physics, Math, and English. My psychology (I do this course online) report will be out in about four weeks from now.  Here are my reports in the five classes, my CAS report (it shows my service, creative, and sport activities in this semester) and the award I got.

I think I will be in Moshi town until a day or two before Christmas when I will go to my village and celebrate Christmas with my relatives and friends. School reopens on the 14th of January and the next holiday will be in 13 weeks from then. I will have missed my friends terribly by then.

I am planning on taking Swimming (beginner level) and basketball as sports next year. I will continue with singing with the choir and do the same service I initiated.

Some of my friends and I (the MAD Tutors) go down to Himo where we spend time with the rest of the kids and help them with their classes. We will have more members in the group next year and we are thinking of visiting other orphanages.

Weeks ago, I went to Mama Theresa’s wedding. It was so colorful! Her wedding is one of the most important things in her life and I am so grateful I was a part of it. I don’t get to attend such functions; it felt so special to be there. I wish Mama Theresa and Vivek are wonderful life together.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!!!

 

 

October, 4th  2014

Revo’s Progress at the International School Moshi (ISM)

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“I never thought I could ever get the chance to go to such a great school as, International School  Moshi. It’s a dream!”

 

 

Revo has finished his first quarter of the semester with remarkable results, at first we thought the transition will affect his academic performance but its a surprise how fast he adopted to the new culture.

“Revo is a very polite and helpful student who us popular with his peers. His friendly smile and easy-going nature have been a great asset to our form, he is always calm, considerate and respectful. Revo has been working hard and has scored some impressive grades, he will do very well on his IB course if this continues. Revo participates full in school life and is an excellent role model.”  Tutor: G Buck

Subject AG Motivation
Swahili Literature HL 5 E
English B HL 6 G
Geography HL 7 E
Physics SL 5 G
Mathematics HL 6 E

Abbreviation:

AB – Achievement Grade

HL- High level

Criteria Grading: E (excellent), G (good), S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory). The achievement levels are based on the IB scale from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest)

Hongera sana to Revo

9/7/2014

Hi everyone!

I already started my first year at the International School Moshi (from the 11th of August)! My first four weeks have been very great. I am so happy to be a part of the school; it has a lot of people from different parts of the world and, therefore, different cultures and a lot of challenging things – I love it so much!

I have made a lot of friends already – they are so nice and friendly. I chose to study Physics, Maths, English, Swahili, Geography and Psychology. I love the English class the most. We also have Theory of Knowledge and Life Skills and these two are compulsory classes except for those who are not taking full diploma course.

Classes normally begin at 7:30 in the morning and end at 3 pm. Sometimes, I stay at the school until 6pm for sports and services. I play football with the junior team as a sport and basketball with students from a local school as a service. I also sing with the School Choir!

I don’t go to school on weekends sometimes so I am now at the Guest House in Moshi with Mama Theresa. I will be moving tomorrow to a neighbor’s where I will be staying. Mama Theresa and I paid them a visit yesterday night – they are so nice. I am looking forward to having a great time with them.

Yesterday, Kaka Frank, Mama Theresa and I went to the airport to send Kaka Erasmus to Scotland where he will be studying for his masters. I will surely miss him – he is a great brother!

Two weeks ago, I went to the orphanage in Himo and got a chance to talk to the rest of the kids about my time at the international school – both them and I were happy to see each other. I always miss them. Some of them will be graduating on the 13th of this month and I will surely be there to cheer for them.

I will again see them after the 13th of October and stay with them for a week.  Then, on the 27th of November – on Mama Theresa’s wedding party. I cant wait for the party – I haven’t been to a lot of wedding parties.

6/27/2014

Jambo everyone!!

I am now back in Himo, at the orphanage after a three weeks stay in Dar es salaam where I had to go for my ACT training classes. Everybody here at the orphanage is great and I am having a wonderful time. Some of the children however are away at boarding schools. Right now we are with MAD’s volunteers: Lucy and Marisa, brother Erasmus, Frank and Grace who are helping us with updating our blogs and setting up to Skype call with our sponsors.

A few days ago we had three visitors: Harry, Mark and Julia. They came to teach us about leadership. The programme was super fun and quite educational!. We learned about service and self leadership, how to realize our potentials and how to create new habits.

My stay in Dar es salaam was cool, while I was there I stayed at the hostels with my brother (Novatus) that goes to the university of Dar es salaam. I had to go to the ACT training center everyday except for Sundays and Mondays. It was a little difficult to answer the ACT practice questions in the beginning but they got easier and easier with time. I learned a lot of new thing while there and also I met and made some new friends.

Hopefully I will be starting my D1 year of college at the international school of Moshi this August. I am very excited about it and I still cant believe that I may actually be going there, I really like this school and I am so grateful to whoever will have made it a possibility if I actually end up going there!!

6/15/2014

I entered an East Africa writing contest with the prompt: “If you where a leader in Africa what is one thing you would change and how would you do it.” Here is my essay!

Some African countries were led by very capable leaders in the aftermath of colonialism. Kwame Nkrumah, who greatly promoted Pan-Africanism; Nelson Mandela, now famous as Madiba – a sign of respect and affection; and Julius Nyerere, a politician of principle and intelligence are ideal examples. However, not every bit of what they did was excellent. For instance, by the late 1960s when Tanzania was among the poorest countries in the world, Julius Nyerere relied on the policy of socialism and self-reliance to solve three problems he called enemies: poverty, ignorance and diseases. On the other hand, his policy that aimed at equality among citizens, did not consider one issue that is the root of the three “enemies” in the contemporary Tanzania. One may argue that the issue did not exist by then or he would have considered it. Well, if it did not exist he should have seen it coming; he was a visionary leader, after all. If his policy considered that, why then does the country face that problem now? My point here is that Africa has an overwhelmingly big problem that was overlooked by its founders and that majority of Africans NEED help fighting against. That problem is CORRUPTION. Corruption is dishonest or fraudulent conduct by someone, typically involving bribery.  As a leader in my country, Tanzania, and the continent of Africa, I would change Africa into a corruption-free continent because that is what Africans need; corruption is the root of poverty and political instabilities in Africa. To do this, I would impart patriotism on students, launch severity in the exercise of law and, ensure enough income to all. The problems corruption causes are very evident in African countries.

Statistics show that, most of the African countries that are economically disturbed are the most corrupt ones despite the fact they have more than enough resources. The Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, is estimated to have $ 24 trillion (equivalent to the combined Gross Domestic Product of Europe and the United States) worth of untapped deposits or raw material ores, including the world’s largest reserves of cobalt and significant quantities of diamonds, gold and copper, and yet, the country is the poorest in Africa. The cause of this is corruption. Statistics back me up here: it is the third most corrupt country in Africa. DRC struggles with a legacy of entrenched corruption at all levels of society that threatens social and political institutions with failure. Corruption is the cause of poverty in Africa.

Africa has experienced significantly more civil wars and violent conflicts since the 1960s than any other major region around the world. In Kenya, the 2007-08 political crises erupted after the incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the presidential election held on December 27th, 2007. Supporters of Kibaki’s opponent, Raila Odinga, alleged electoral manipulation. This was widely confirmed by international observers. The crisis caused 800-15,000 deaths and displacement of 180,000-250,000.  This manipulation – corruption in different clothing – event proves to us that corruption is the cause of political instabilities in Africa. What is now in concerned minds is how to solve this problem.

As a leader in my country, I would first work on the establishment of respect for the law and on the presence of rule of law. Laws against corruption exist, but people violate them. Moreover, there is a problem in executing the law especially when the convicts are rich and/or are government officials. It is very common in Africa for a leader to walk free after been convicted of corruption. There is evident failure in enforcing the law. As a leader, therefore, I would ensure equality before the law; it is not easy but it is possible. When Paul Kagame became Yoweri Museveni’s Chief of Intelligence, he gained public reputation for incorruptibility and severity after enforcing a stringent code of behavior. If he succeeded, so can I. Law would mean law for all, no double-standards.

Many Africans suffer from low income. This is one of the causes of corruption in Africa. As a leader, I would ensure provision of vast employment opportunities that would provide people with enough income and keep corruption far from peoples’ thoughts. In other countries where corruption is way less than it is in African countries, people have equal job opportunities and are given almost equal weight on the basis of their education level. In my country, one would be able to undertake as many jobs as he or she wants provided he or she is educated enough and that no rules are bent in the process. No one with the income he or she NEEDS would demand corruption. It is true that there are those who would always want more; the law mentioned above is meant for them.

I would also incorporate into the school curricula civil education that focuses mostly on the practical importance of patriotism and selflessness. Although its effects may be very distant, it will be the most powerful and long lasting solution to corruption. In the political field, we find a very compelling example of long term effects of education-based solutions to problems. Mao Zedong was the chairman of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1956. His educational doctrine led to the Proletarian Revolution and secured his communalism ideology during his time as the chairman of the country. Despite the fact some think he was a dictator, ‘Mao Zedong’s Thought’ has numerous followers to date. That shows how people’s way of thinking can change the nation either negatively or positively.  Mind is power; it’s the major tool that can eradicate corruption if people are led to believe in what is right from childhood.

After eradicating corruption in my country, Tanzania, I would help other African countries do the same through different ways.  I would advocate anti-corruption ideas that would discourage corrupt leaders in the continent such as the formation of regional anti-corruption units. Of course, there are organizations that discourage corruption in Africa such as NEPAD although it not clearly defined in its objectives. To make a difference, I would make such organizations more live by cherishing their executions. I would put more energy in supporting award-giving foundations such as the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership that awards former Heads of States, or even start others of the kind.  I would take all chances to change Africa wherever changes are needed. But still my leadership cannot be of any importance if I won’t start with my country; charity begins at home.

For the time being people should give this problem more weight and make initiatives to get rid of it. No one loves corruption, only the beneficiaries. People should think of the traffic in the cities, the lack of medical services when one’s precious sister gets sick and is almost at death’s door, the innocent kids who sit on a muddy “floor” in a classroom and do not remember the last time they saw a teacher, the impassable roads on one’s way to his or her favorite store in town and know that someone spent the money that should have changed that for his or her own gain. We still have time to stop this for good. Corruption is deadly but can be solved. There are more solutions than law enforcement and provision of more job opportunities. We all are solutions; I can be a solution.

 

5/14/2014

Hi,

Today is one of my favorite days! Deo, Neema, Omega, Kunda and I went to the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport) to get Perrisa, Farrell and Sepand. They just flew in this afternoon from Rome (Perrisa & Sepand) and London (Farrell). Our ride back to the MAD Guest House was fabulous. Everyone was so excited and our guests are so charming.

After we spent some time at the guest house in Moshi with them and Courtney, we went out for a walk. It was so nice being together like that. The day got so lovely and alive. I didn’t want that moment to slip away.

Last week, Deo and I went to the International School of Moshi to meet the Direction of Admissions from Harvard University, Dr. Robin Worth. We had a wonderful time with her and the students from the school. It was so nice hearing from her about Harvard University- it made me feel like I was in Harvard itself!

Two weeks ago, I went to my brother’s in Pasua (which is just outside Moshi Town). I spent some days with him until this last Sunday (May 11th). I am now staying at the house in Himo with six boys who are still going to primary school, Neema & Omega who will be leaving for school in a few days, and Deo. Deo and I still have quite a long holiday. I spend most of my time reading, drawing, studying and hanging out with the boys after they return from school. The book I am now reading is “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.

Its now rainy in Tanzania. It gets chilly sometimes and very cold in some areas, especially on mountain slopes. It doesn’t snow, of course!

5/1/2014

Something Revo drew up last month! Happy May Day 🙂

Revo's Artwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/22/2014

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Ring & Bracelet I made out of cardboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/20/2014

Happy Easter! Thank you all for your support & making my education possible. In the past 6 months, I have received:

  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of sport shoes & 1 pair of sport socks
  • 2 pairs of school socks
  • 2 pairs of regular socks
  • 1 towel, 3body soaps, 4 toothpastes, 1 deodorant & 2 toothbrushes
  • 1 hat, 1 t-shirt, 1 sweater
  • 1 suitcase & 1 lunch bag
  • 1 body lotion
  • 3 notebooks
  • 3 glue sticks

Thank you Nancy & Debbie for:

  • 1 pair of regular shoes
  • 4 shirts, 2 t-shirts, 2 vests, 5 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs of boxers & 1 bedsheet

 

03/14/2014

Hello everyone,

I am now on a really long holiday. It’s been since November last year! My year has started really nicely and I am now with the younger kids at the house in Himo. I really enjoy spending time with them. I help them with their homework, other school responsibilities and sometimes I remind them about their chores. We play a lot of games and sports together; basketball is now my favourite. Mama Theresa just came in from the United States and it’s so nice to have her back. We had a welcome-back-home party yesterday evening for her. It was really cool and she liked it.

Revo playing basketball

Revo playing basketball

Revo helping Juma with his homework

Revo helping Juma with his homework

My national examination results  have been out since the 21st of February. I was really nervous before that date. I managed to get top scores at the school, my performance was excellent. It puts me in the second position after Deo.

I am currently taking computer classes with Deo, Omega and Neema who are actually with me in town as we update our Blogs.  We are learning how to better use Microsoft Word,  Excel,  and Publisher. We will eventually get to learn about PowerPoint and Access.  Additionally, I am trying to find a good school for my advanced level education with the help of Mama Theresa and Kaka Erasmus. Most of the schools open by mid July or early August. It is a really long wait until I go to school.

Omega, Deo and Revo in the MAD office in Moshi Town

Omega, Deo and Revo in the MAD office in Moshi Town

At the house in Himo, I try to help the house moms with home chores and help the younger kids as I wrote earlier. Sometimes, just like today, I come into town to do anything that comes up at the MAD office or the guest house. I have been in the office several times with Erasmus when we were working on the school applications for advanced levels this year. The last time I was at the guest house, I got to spend time with Nancy and Debbie, two Make A Difference volunteers. We had a really good evening. It was fun! I wont forget the movie we watched together that night, ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. I loved it. It taught me that in life, we shouldn’t give up as long as there is something meaningful in what we try to achieve.

 

I expect to be spending more time at the house in Himo. There are a lot of other things that I do just to keep me busy in the house; reading novels, practising typing on the computer, drawing and sometimes writing letters to sponsors, volunteers and friends. I however hope to meet my relatives around April, during Easter. I really miss them. They are nice and it feels warm to be around them just as it is when I am at the house in Himo.

11/26/2013

This is Revo. I am currently at MAD’S Office in Moshi with my friends Mwenda, Deo, and Edward. I was in school, but graduated on 26th of October. It was cool! I will talk about it more later.

Final day of secondary school!

Final day of secondary school!

Revo and Mama Theresa

I am spending time with Mama Theresa,  whom you might know helps to plan for our future and makes it possible for our dreams to come true.

Make A Difference (MAD) organization is really helpful and without it, I  would not be able to have a prosperous future. I have learned a lot through MAD. For example, I have learnt how to live with others and to share. I have received education, and currently receiving education. Additionally, I am able to believe in a clear and a prosperous future.  I LOVE YOU MAD!

Amazing children!

Amazing children!

I had my graduation recently. It was indeed a glorious day. I was very happy because I ….   was graduating! And of course, I was sad because I was saying goodbye to my friends. Mama Theresa, Emmanuel, and Erasmus were with us. Believe me when I say it was,  “Wow!”

My four years at the school (Tengeru Boys Secondary School) were very nice. I happened to be number 1 out of 76 students at the end of each school term from form 1 to form 3. I ranked number 2 at the end of the second term in form 4 (Deo was number one!). I am expecting to do well in the National Exams that we took early this month (November 2013).

I was looking forward to becoming a civil engineer. Something else came up this June that changed my dreams a bit. It still has to do with engineering, but regarding nuclear energy.  We had a seminar in Arusha after the official opening of the Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission.  The Commission has a mission of ensuring proper use of nuclear energy and facilitating social and economic development through nuclear energy. This inspired me to think of engineering in energy resources as a good career to pursue. The Commission was actually opened by our vice president!

The trip itself was one the of best trips I have had so far with my friends. Another one that I must mention was a trip to the Marangu Water falls that I went to with my classmates. Marangu is a place in Moshi that has very beautiful scenery including the waterfalls. The falls are fascinating and we had a great time!

I really enjoy spending time with friends and relatives.

Below are my exam results for term one at school for the year 2013. Results for term two are 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

CLASS TERM 1 TERM 2 RANK 1 RANK 2
PHYSICS 76 B+
CHEMISTRY 62 A
BIOLOGY 89 A
MATH 79 A
ENGLISH 85 A
HISTORY 81 B+
CIVICS 83 B+
GEOGRAPHY 66 B+
SWAHILI 85 B+
BIBLE 78 B+
2/76  2/76

5/2/2013

Revo is an incredible young man. He is at the top of his class in secondary school and is studying to be an engineer. He is working on writing a book right now as well. He truly understands the value of giving back and is working hard to be able to do just that. He wants to continue making a difference in his life and the lives of others.

Revo in his school uniform

Revo in his school uniform

Revo at the Cultural Heritage Museum, drawing his own piece of work

Revo at the Cultural Heritage Museum, drawing his own piece of work

Working on the jewelry program

Working on the jewelry program

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3 Responses to Revo’s Blog

  1. Nancy Grant says:

    Hujambo Revo. Congratulations on being accepted into the International School of Moshi. I understand it is quite an honor to be accepted into that particular school. You must be getting excited for August to arrive. You are a smart, talented, and creative young man with a wonderful heart. I wish you much success and know you will do well.

    Once again, it was a pleasure and blessing to meet and spend time with you earlier this year. I enjoy seeing the picture of you and the others when I go to my Facebook page each day. I’m looking forward to my return trip the early part of next year.

    Kweheri,
    Nancy Grant

  2. Nancy Grant says:

    What a wonderful update Revo. I’m delighted to hear how much you’re enjoying your school. Great selection of classes you’ve chosen. I hear it was quite an honor for your to be accepted to that particular school. What a gift you gave the others to share your experience with those at the orphanage.
    It must be exciting to think of attending Mama Theresa’s wedding party. What a great day it will be.
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    Take good care and keep up the great work you’re doing. I look forward to seeing you when I return in mid-January.

    Abundant blessings to you Revo,

  3. Henry Kweka says:

    Congrats Revo on being accepted into ISM, and approach one of your big dreams of studying there. I am a great fan of your blogs for you’re so motivational and inspirational in a broad way! I really wish you a bright future with great success!!!!!

    (Much greetings from my friends here in the US, who are so in love with your blogs)

    Henry G. Kweka.

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