Anna & Sarah Chingwaba
Hosiana Thomas Laitatok
In 2017, we created The Unite Scholars Program to support impoverished children who have a demonstrated high aptitude for academic success and who otherwise have no means to afford or access a quality education. Our Scholars must report their progress to Unite on a quarterly basis. While we consider both boys and girls of all ages, our primary focus is on providing unique and high-quality educational opportunities for girls, who continue to be the most marginalized members of Tanzanian society. Our mission is to help raise innovative leaders across the country who will one day be equipped to source and develop their own solutions to local, national and even international challenges. Two of our scholars are the daughters of Frederick and Alice Chingwaba (eft):
- Anna, 17, is in Form 4 of secondary school at the Lutheran Junior Boarding Seminary School in Morogoro.
- Sarah, 13, is in Form 1 at the B-Hilhorst Secondary Boarding School in Morogoro.
Frederick currently serves his community -- and far beyond -- as the Bishop of the Evangelical Anglican Church of Tanzania. As a clergy member serving the poor, Frederick must rely on his small shamba and Alice's small store for their survival. Unite is honored to help support this extraordinary family whose love and service to others knows no limits by welcoming Anna and Sarah as our two first official "Unite Scholars."
Did you know...?
Net enrollment in senior secondary school in Tanzania is just 1.9% and less than 1⁄2 of 1% (.27%) go on to university or college.
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