Abdalla is 9 years old and is in class 4 at Azimio Primary School. When he was younger, his mother and father moved to the Tanga region of Tanzania, and left him and his sister in the care of their grandmother. Their grandmother tries to provide for them by cleaning houses and washing clothes, but she is unable to make enough money to pay for school fees or uniforms. When Abdalla grows up, he wants to be a teacher.
Abdalla Musa Silayo
Abdalla is 10 years old and is in class 3 at Azimio Primary School. He is currently living with his mother and one of his brothers. Abdalla’s mother collects rice by product to sell, but is unable to sell enough to sufficiently provide for her family. Prior to working with EEF, Abdalla had fallen far behind in school and was forced to repeat class 1. However, after connecting with EEF, Abdalla’s attendance at school has improved, and he now has a great desire to learn and perform well in school.
Aisha Abdul Mngazija
Aisha is 12 years old and is in class 5 at Azimio Primary School. When Aisha was little, both of her parents passed away from complications due to HIV. For some time, Aisha lived with her grandmother, but sadly she too passed away. Aisha is now living with her cousin, who is her primary caregiver. Despite the many setbacks that Aisha has had in life, she is dedicated to her school work and studies hard so that one day she can become a doctor.
Amiri Hamza Seleman
Amiri is 9 years old and is in class 3 at Azimio Primary School. His parents abandoned him when he was a small child, and he is unsure of where they are now. Amiri is currently living with his grandmother and grandfather, but neither of them are able to work, making it nearly impossible for Amiri’s family to pay for school fees. Despite living very far from school, Amiri’s attendance is nearly perfect, but he is not left with a lot of time to study, and has been struggling in school. When Amiri grows up, he hopes to become a doctor.
Athuman Bakari Koshuna
Athuman is 13 years old and is in class 5 at Azimio Primary School. Back in 2011, both of Athuman’s parents tragically passed away, and he has since been living with his grandmother, an aunt and one of his sisters. His grandmother is unable to work, and therefore unable to pay for school fees. In the past, a kind neighbor has helped to provide Athuman with a uniform so that he would be able to attend school. Athuman is a very dedicated student and has worked hard over the past 2 years to improve his grades.
Emmanuel Haruna Kamugisha
Emmanuel is 12 years old and is in class 6 at Azimio Primary School. He was orphaned at a young age when both of his parents passed away. Emmanuel currently lives with his grandmother who works as a plumber’s assistant. In the past, his grandmother was able to pay school fees, but lately she has been having trouble finding work and Emmanuel’s school fees went unpaid for a few years. With the support of EEF, Emmanuel hopes to become a doctor when he grows up.
Haji Hamad Tembe
Haji is 11 years old and is in class 5 at Azimio Primary School. He is currently living with his mom, his brother, and his sister. In order to support the family and provide the children with food, Haji’s mother sells vegetables at the market. Haji’s family lives in a small house in which his mother and sister share a bed, and Haji and his brother sleep on the sofa. Despite the challenges that Haji faces at home, he is dedicated to his school work and studies every day. When Haji grows up, he aspires to become an engineer.
Munira Amani Mbegha
Munira is 13 years old and is in class 5 at Azimio Primary School. She has been living in Moshi with her older sister and her younger brother for over 2 years. Back in 2014, both of Munira’s parents were killed in a land dispute over the family’s plot of land. Since that time, Munira and her siblings have been on their own. Munira’s sister does what she can to work and provide for the younger siblings, but she does not make enough money to provide Munira with school fees, a uniform or proper school supplies. Despite all that has happened, Munira is a bright and compassionate child with a desire to perform well in school. She hopes to become a doctor when she grows up.
Ruth Musa Athumani
Ruth is 10 years old and is in class 4 at Azimio Primary School. She is currently living with her mother, grandmother, grandfather, and four other children all in the same home.
Sara is 13 years old and is in class 6 at Azimio Primary School. She is living with her mother, her father, and one of her 2 siblings. Sara’s father is an alcoholic and has a history of physically abusing Sara’s mother and the children in the home. Sara’s mother, who is diabetic, provides the main source of income for the family by cooking in a nearby village. She does her best to pay school fees, but is often unable to pay them. Despite her unsafe home environment, Sara is a very outgoing and expressive girl. When she grows up, she wants to be an engineer.
Theresia Peter Mushi
Theresia is 11 years old and is in class 6 at Azimio Primary School. Her mother, who suffered from a mental illness, passed away when Theresia was very young, and no one knows who Theresia’s father is. An elderly woman in the community took Theresia in when she was a young child and has been her main caregiver ever since. Her main source of income comes from the avocados she sells on the street in town. Theresia aspires to one day become a teacher.