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
Volunteers of MAD

Day 1 from Kathleen and Pamela

Learning swahili

Mambo from Moshi!! Today the Salesforce team began orientation. In the morning we learned more about MAD’s creation, mission, and present day impact on the students and their communities. Stanley, a current university law student, spoke in depth about how his participation in the organization has been life changing. He is orphaned and said that MAD was a “light” in his life. The other students also reiterated the positive impact that the organization has had in their lives and it was really touching to hear how much this program has done for these students. 

                  After having lunch with the students, we began to take Swahili lessons. Swahili is harder than we imagined but it was fun to end the day practicing our new phrases and singing the Hujambo song which we all love! As we are trying to blend into the local life, it is important that we learn phrases that are relevant to present day Tanzanian society. For example, we were able to yell “MAMBO” to locals and get responses that we now understood. We culminated our day by going on a walk in the town with the students and learning more about each other. In short, day 1 demonstrated how important it is for us to volunteer and support this amazing program MAD has changed the lives of these students and their families and it is a gratifying experience that we will also never forget and will also change our lives. Looking forward to tomorrow’s day of activities. 

Day 1 from the Salesforce Team. 

Strolling around the neighborhood and practicing swahili with the locals
Thank you MAD students for a great first day

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

Edward

Edward summer 2019 update

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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.

Mwenda

Stanley summer 2019 update

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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.

Love,

Stanley (Mwenda)

Esther, Uncategorized

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

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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.

Love,

Esther Mndeme.

Mary

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