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Unite The World with Africa Foundation Winter News Update * February 2019

It's been a very busy 2019 so far for Unite & we have loads of exciting news to share (see below). I leave for Tanzania again with my next travel team in a few weeks. For those of you who would like to travel with our Unite team, the next Unite Tour I will lead personally will be September to October 2019. Interested, email anne@uniteafricafoundation.org. Asante sana, thank you, for your continued interest in and support of our work. We are grateful! ~Anne Wells

Our Unite Scholars Mentor Program is well underway!

In 2018 we launched our Unite Scholars Mentor Program to provide additional support for our scholars in university. Our team of professionally-trained mentors are working with our scholars to help develop their creative & independent thinking as well as to teach them the essential “soft skills” of professionalism necessary for success (e.g. effective oral and written communication skills, time management, presentation & personal branding, interpersonal skills, self confidence, how to interview and behave on the job, etc.). Our goal is to help our scholars grow into independent leaders who have the knowledge, talent, connections, and sustained commitment necessary to source solutions to the challenges faced by their communities, country, and beyond. Elements of our Mentor Program include: ongoing communications and monthly meetings between scholar and mentor; site visits to learn about the work of local companies and meet with potential future employers; meetings with other scholars, mentors, community leaders, and advisors; and participation in an annual Unite Scholars Symposium, designed as a “Ted Talks" style event during which Scholars are challenged to present to an international audience about a topic of their choice. Click HERE to read news of our inaugural Unite Scholars Symposium, which will be held in October 2019 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Our mentors meeting with a few of their scholars in Dar Es Salaam in January 2019.

Our Form 4 Division 1 graduates

Fidesta, Maria, Rose & Theresia are all top-performing students and will begin their A Levels (higher secondary school) in May. Less than 3% of all Tanzanian students get the opportunity to enroll in higher secondary.

We are thrilled to announce that four of our Form 4 graduates from the St. Joseph's Orphans Center have scored DIVISION 1 on the national Tanzanian exam. (One more scored Division 2 and the last two scored Division 3). In May the girls will begin their A Levels, higher secondary, at a private boarding school in Moshi that only accepts students who have earned Division 1 rankings. During their time at home, Unite has sponsored private tutors to come in each afternoon to assist all of our Form 4 graduates with math and science (which tend to be the most challenging subjects), and we have also engaged the Arusha-based NGO JobOrtunity to train them in the following lessons: How to protect yourself; “victim” of circumstance; “bucket of opportunities"; sexual harassment; commitment & patience; strengths & weaknesses; personal development; and the way forward. All of our work and programs are designed to provide our sponsored students all the comprehensive support they need to succeed and thrive.

Please help us provide quality care & education for the children.

Unite is now sponsoring four babies, 20 boys and girls in pre & primary school, 18 teens in secondary schools, and 16 young men and women in universities across East Africa. Our largest ongoing challenge is to secure adequate funding to provide each and every one of them with proper nutrition and healthcare, quality education, age-appropriate support & leadership programs, extracurricular activities, and so much more. We are deeply grateful to all of you who sponsor a child, and we are now seeking more sponsors to meet their needs. Please email anne@uniteafricafoundation.org if you would like more information about our sponsorship program.

Award-winning artist to create murals for the Heaven School

An art installation by Shinji Marakami in his New York Catinca Tabacaru gallery; a Shinji installation in San Francisco; kpeArts Founder Kristin Peterson Edwards; and artist Shinji Murakami.

Thanks to the efforts of kpeArts founder Kristin Peterson Edwards (who is traveling to Tanzania with our Unite Team in March), internationally-renowned Japanese artist Shinji Murakami is now designing an educational and entertaining mural for the Heaven School. Shinji, named one of 100 artists to watch by Modern Painters, displays his work at the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York and has been featured in galleries across the United States--from New York to Chicago to San Francisco--and around the world, from Milan to Tokyo to Harare, Zimbabwe. After Shinji completes the design, we will engage a professional local artist in Tanzania to transfer the design to the wall and then the children of Heaven and St. Joseph's will work alongside our Unite team to actually paint the color-by-number square pixels to complete the installation, which will include African animals, hearts, flowers and more. Read more about this exciting new partnership HERE.

Unite Welcomes Anty Marche!

Antujaelly (“Anty”) Marche is a Tanzanian woman living in America whose life-long passion for helping needy women and children has fueled her work over the years with such organizations as OXFAM, Catholic Relief Services, USAID, Connecticut International Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), the University of Pennsylvania, and others. Anty has served as an Advisor to Unite for many years and she has now officially joined our team to:

  • Assist with the planning and execution of our inaugural Unite Scholars Symposium, which will be held in Dar Es Salaam in October 2019;
  • Support the strategic growth and development of our Unite Scholars & Mentorship program by helping us find and enroll more top-talented youth and by linking our scholars to qualified mentors both in Tanzania and in America.
  • Help execute an “Education in Tanzania” conference in America (winter/spring 2020), which is being planned in partnership with Maendeleo, a USA-based NGO focused on driving standards of excellence and quality outcomes in higher education institutions across Tanzania.

WE RECENTLY WELCOMED A VERY SPECIAL GUEST TO SEE OUR WORK IN TANZANIA

Thais Racy visits St. Joseph's Orphans Center & The Heaven School.

Last week, our dear friend and sponsor Thais Racy spent the day visiting the children at St. Joseph's & Heaven School and then went on to see our friends at Shanga, Tanzania Maasai Women Art and Maternity Africa. Click HERE to see the children of Heaven singing the Tanzanian National Anthem for Thais and click HERE to watch the children of St. Joseph's sing their "Dear Visitors" welcome song. All supporters of Unite are always warmly welcome to visit our partners and programs in Tanzania.

Unite funds a "Safe Delivery & Education Program" for teens

The new Kivulini hospital in Arusha provides quality care for the most impoverished girls and women.

Unite recently awarded a grant to Kivulini Hospital, operated by Maternity Africa, in Arusha to fund the provision of pre- and post-natal care and safe deliveries for impoverished, at-risk teen mothers. In addition to receiving quality medical care, these teens are also educated about how to care for themselves and their babies when they go home. Most recently one of Unite’s Scholars Hosiana Thomas, a young Maasai mama (who has been sponsored as by Unite to study community development in a local university), has joined the team at Kivulini an intern. Given Hosiana's own experience as an unwed teen mother from rural Maasailand, Hosiana understands first-hand the challenges, and she is now helping to inform Maternity Africa's new extended teen-mama-support program, designed to provide further lifesaving care and education to this extremely vulnerable population.

Maliondo is taking new orders

Unite's partner artist in Tanzania Maliondo Amini (self portrait above left) is now taking new orders for commissioned oil paintings. If you are interested, please email Anne@uniteafricafoundation.org a photo that you would like to have painted. I will pick up next batch of paintings in Tanzania and carry them home to America for delivery late April.

The new Staff House at St. Joseph's is complete!

Our sincerest thanks to all of you who helped make the building of this new staff house at the St. Joseph's Orphans Center possible. There are currently nine adults and seven children living in the building. Now the staff (who all work tirelessly to feed and care for the orphans) and their children have a clean, safe place to live with clean water and electricity.

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