Upendo’s Blog


Hi everyone!

I am now on holiday. I am so happy that I will soon go to visit my grandparents, brothers, friends and our neighbors in the village. I am also so glad I graduated from Primary school and passed the final National Exams! I will be going to secondary school next year and that makes me so happy too! I can’t wait to learn new things!

Sometime in the beginning of my holiday, we had some visitors from a nearby collage of agriculture. We also had students from International School Moshi who often came to help us academically (to prepare us for grade 8 next year) and play with us. They even invited us over to their school! It was so lovely there. We swam in their pool, played football and basketball, and had a picnic with them.

Bye for now. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.


Hi everyone.

In order to continue to their studies beyond standard 7( 7th grade) student in Tanzania need to pass the national Exam.

Here are my results:

Class  7TH Grade
kiswahili B
English B
civics C
Mathematics C
science D
Average C


September 20th 2014

I hope you’re doing well!  I am so excited because I just graduated!  I am now finished with primary school. Hooray!

IMG_0121I am on holiday until January. During this time, I am spending time with mama Theresa at the guest house. I have also been on a walking safari to a lake in Tanzania and Kenya with Salesforce, MAD’s assistants Frank and Grace, and Mama Theresa.  It was my first time ever to leave my country!  I can’t believe I went to Kenya for a few minutes!

Mama Theresa had a meeting with our grandparents on the 13th of September. My grandfather will be turning 70 soon. I will get to celebrate with him on the 23rd of September!  I can’t wait!

At the Royal School, the school I will be attending for secondary school we are getting our first basketball court to play ball. I just got number 1 in races out of all the school. The races were in running!  Juma got number 1 in football (soccer) at the school!  I am doing well in English. I just got an 86%.  My most difficult subject is Science, but I am getting tutoring to help me.

I have a cold right now. I’ve had it for a week and a half. Dada Pina at the guest house just made me ginger tea to help me. I hope I get better soon!

Please tell me how you are doing!  I want to know!

Love, Upendo

Tomorrow I start boarding school! Theresa & Erasmus got me all ready with:

  • 1 padlock
  • 1 bucket
  • 3 laundry soaps
  • 1 bed net












In the past 6 months, I have received:

  • 1 pair of sport shoes & 3 pairs of sport socks
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of school shoes & 2 pairs of school socks
  • 4 pairs of regular socks
  • School Uniform: 2 new skirts, 2 shorts, 1 tie, 1 sweater, and 1 sport t-shirt
  • 1 Backpack
  • Shoe polish
  • 8 counter books for school
  • 12 exercise books for school
  • 8 pencils, 8 pens, 2 erasers & 1 sharpener
  • 1 ruler & 1 math set
  • 2 towels
  • 11 body washes
  • 5 toothbrushes & 3 tooth pastes
  • 1 deodorant
  • 2 laundry soap
  • 5 regular shirts
  • 2 vests
  • 5 bras & 5 pairs of underwear
  • 4 packets of maxi pads
  • 1 pillow
  • 2 bed sheets, a pillow case, & a full sheet set for school
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 mattress
  • 1 suitcase
  • 1 swimsuit

I start boarding at the Royal School in May. Mama Theresa & I have finished all the shopping & I am ready to start! Thank you for all of your support!


Dear everyone,

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to write. Right now I’m on holiday waiting for Easter day. I am so surprised about how I can dress (I don’t have to wear my school uniform!) and am having fun with other fellow students like me. I like staying with my older brothers and sisters. At school right now I am working hard. My favorite subjects are civics and kiswahili. Also my favorite friend is Halima. At school we are helping one another. Right now I am studying different things from others like finding new words in the dictionary. Thank you for listening to me.



Below are my recent exam results from school:

Class Term1 Term2 Term3 Rank1 Rank2 Rank3
Math 63 71
English 54 86
Kiswahili 78 64
Science 44 56
Geography 54 45
Civics 26 58
History 62 62
Computer 58
45/72  47/72

Our grading scale: 81-100 =A, 61-80=B, 41- 60 =C, 31-40=D


Hi everyone!

I am on holiday, i want to travel to my village next week to see my grand parents and my relatives.

Last week i participated in a 200 meters race and won the third place. I was so excited i got a certificate for it.

I like learning different things from people. At the moment i am going for my confirmation classes every saturday. On my confirmation graduation 12/20/2013 i welcome each and everyone to celebrate with me. This holiday i want to try out different things for new experiences

Welcome to my confirmation graduation

Much Love to everyone.

Check out my exam results from school for terms one and two for the year 2013. Results for term three will be coming out soon.

Here is our grading scale by the way: 81-100 =A, 61-80=B, 41- 60 =C, 31-40=D

MATH 57 58
CIVICS 58 82
ARTS & CRAFT 64 40
53.5/75 38/74


Upendo is becoming quite the little lady. She always looks lovely in her skirts. She helps around the house cooking and cleaning. She is not really into sports, however, she does like riding bikes, which she mastered recently! No matter what, she is always smiling and full of love and laughter!

Upendo when she was young

Upendo when she was young

Upendo and her family before she came to the orphanage

Upendo and her family before she came to the orphanage

A recent picture of Upendo flashing her wonderful smile

A recent picture of Upendo flashing her wonderful smile

Upendo and her grandfather

Upendo and her grandfather


13 Responses to Upendo’s Blog

  1. Olga Tsoudis says:

    Dear Upendo, I am enjoying your blog! Thank you for the letter. I am glad you had fun at your birthday party. Stephanos and I were so happy when Mamma Theresa told us about the pool party and ice cream. You have beautiful photos. I hope you are enjoying boarding school. Thank you for sharing your grades. We think of you often and hope to Skype soon. We are very proud of you. Hugs!!! Olga

  2. Olga Tsoudis says:

    Of course, Stephanos and I always think about you. I just went to Greece to visit my parents. Do you know where Greece is? Please look at a map/globe. I am glad that you are doing well and that boarding school is fun. Hugs and smiles! Olga

  3. Olga Tsoudis says:

    Dear Upendo! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. We are so very proud of you. We think about you often. We hope all is going well in school. Big hugs, Olga and Stephanos

    • Asante sana Mama Olga and Baba Stephanos! I remember you both and think about you! I am happy graduation is coming. We have been receiving tutoring to get ready for upcoming exam. I am trying my level best. Love, Upendo

  4. Olga says:

    HI Upendo! Good luck with the tutoring. We know you will be very successful on your exams. Send us a photo of your graduation. Love, Olga and Stephanos

  5. Kate says:

    Upendo! I am so happy to have found out about this blog that you are writing! Great posts! Congratulations on graduating Primary at Royal School and I know you will do terrific in Secondary. It’s exciting that you’ll be staying at boarding with the other students. Be sure to pass my greetings along to the other kids, Pina and to students and staff at Royal. I miss you all very much, sending big hugs!! xo

  6. Dear Mama Olga and Baba Stephanos, Thank you for the Skype today! It was nice to see you both. Thinking of you. I wish you all the best always. Upendo

  7. Olga Tsoudis says:

    Upendo, It was wonderful to see you on Skype. We are so proud of you. We hope you enjoy your holidays. Thank you for the photo of you researching Greece. Hugs, Olga and Stephanos

  8. Nancy Grant says:

    Hi Upendo,
    Congratulations on your graduation and your good grades in English. I’m sorry you have a cold and hope Pina’s ginger tea will help you get over it quickly. A walking safari and going to Kenya sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You sound excited for for boarding school in January. I know you will do well. Keep smiling… I love those dimples (which remind me of my sister’s dimples). I’m looking forward to seeing you and your dimples again when I return next year.

    Many blessings,

  9. Olga Tsoudis says:

    Upendo!! Thank you for the beautiful letter and card! We miss you so much!! Stephanos is on a charity hike this week with Mamma. He helped raise $2000 for all of you. Our friends here care about all of you and were very happy to do this for you. How is school? How are the other children? We hope to be there in 2016 to see everyone!

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