Helping Hands supports exceptional students who face an education cut short
THe aim of helping hands
Far too many young people in Tanzania have to stop their education aged just 14, simply because their family cannot afford for them to progress to secondary school. In these cases, it is rare that a child's potential will ever be truly fulfilled.
Our Helping Hands Programme offers exceptional young people the chance to continue their studies for as far as they can go.
And, like many of LLT's programmes, Helping Hands has been designed to become self-sustaining: once our students have completed their education and got a job, they will join us in the selection of the next generation of beneficiaries. They will also contribute to the fund to support these new learners - giving them the opportunity to give back to the programme that changed their life.
Progress to date
Helping Hands has already helped a number of students stay on at school and get the education they need to break the poverty cycle in Babati.
We are currently sponsoring 11 students from a range of institutions, including a special needs school, primary schools, secondary schools at both O and A level, a vocational training centre and university.
However, until we can secure further funding, we cannot take on any more students at present. This is because we are fully committed to support the students we currently have, as far as they can progress.
'Life-changing' is not a term we use lightly. However, Helping Hands has proved exactly that for our students, as their stories show:
- One orphaned little girl was sleeping on the floor in her uncle's kitchen. She is now at University in Dar es Salaam, studying to become a community social worker.
- Another girl (who is one of 11 children) became a house-girl to self-fund her way through secondary school. She is now fully supported by us as she trains to become a teacher
- One boy was shivering with fear when we discovered he was in Year 2 of primary school and totally deaf - something which had not been noticed before due to large class sizes. He is now at a boarding school for the deaf, has learnt sign language and achieves 80-100% in all his exams. He is also the goalkeeper for the Tanzanian National Under-21 Deaf Football Team.
To read more inspirational stories about the effect of Helping Hands in Babati, please visit our Impact Page