For more information about any of the scholars below, please email anne@uniteafricafoundation.org. 

ZAINABU SEIPH

Zainabu, 19, comes from an extremely poor family in the Kigoma region of western Tanzania. Her father is a fisherman on Lake Tanganyika and her mother farms their small family shamba. It is very difficult for Zainabu’s parents to provide even enough food for her and he two sisters and five brothers. Zainabu is extremely bright and scored Division 1.10 on the Tanzanian Form 4 National Exam. This is a huge accomplishment. Unite is now sponsoring Zainabu for higher-secondary school (A Levels) at the renowned Tabora Girls School in Kigoma,Tanzania, where she is now continuing her education and working towards her dream of one-day becoming a scientist. Zainabu suffers from  Albinism , a rare inherited disorder that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair and eyes.

Zainabu, 19, comes from an extremely poor family in the Kigoma region of western Tanzania. Her father is a fisherman on Lake Tanganyika and her mother farms their small family shamba. It is very difficult for Zainabu’s parents to provide even enough food for her and he two sisters and five brothers. Zainabu is extremely bright and scored Division 1.10 on the Tanzanian Form 4 National Exam. This is a huge accomplishment. Unite is now sponsoring Zainabu for higher-secondary school (A Levels) at the renowned Tabora Girls School in Kigoma,Tanzania, where she is now continuing her education and working towards her dream of one-day becoming a scientist. Zainabu suffers from Albinism, a rare inherited disorder that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair and eyes.


Hosiana Thomas Laitatok

Hosiana Thomas Laitatok , 20, is a young single Maasai woman with a baby named Happiness. Hosiana is now completing her certificate in community development at Arusha Tengeru College. She is the only one in her extended family to go to school beyond secondary. Hosiana struggles with the challenging life of the Maasai for girls and women and is committed to   serving her people and to help stop child marraige and female genital mutilation.   Unite will continue to sponsor Hosiana for a year-long secondment at the Kivulini Hospital in Arusha where she will work on the outreach teams in service to teen mothers and women suffering from fistula.

Hosiana Thomas Laitatok, 20, is a young single Maasai woman with a baby named Happiness. Hosiana is now completing her certificate in community development at Arusha Tengeru College. She is the only one in her extended family to go to school beyond secondary. Hosiana struggles with the challenging life of the Maasai for girls and women and is committed to serving her people and to help stop child marraige and female genital mutilation. Unite will continue to sponsor Hosiana for a year-long secondment at the Kivulini Hospital in Arusha where she will work on the outreach teams in service to teen mothers and women suffering from fistula.



HOW EDUCATING GIRLS WILL TRANSFORM THE WORLD:

An educated girl will earn up to 25% more and reinvest 90% of her income in her family. This reinvestment in her family means her children will be more likely to go to school and be immunized, leading to healthier, more productive individuals and communities. The spreading of prosperity and influence is called "the ripple effect." A girl’s education is about more than just the individual; it is about the future of her family and her community. (Camfed)

Countless studies have shown that by investing in the education of girls we are at the same time fighting against such destructive forces as poverty, domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, infant and maternal mortality, illiteracy, overpopulation, child marriage and more. 

GIRLS ARE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FORCES FOR CHANGE IN THE WORLD: WHEN THEIR RIGHTS ARE RECOGNIZED, THEIR NEEDS ARE MET, AND THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD, THEY DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE IN THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND THE WORLD.
— KATHY CALVIN, UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION PRESIDENT & CEO