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.
To date (August 2019) 2 young people have graduated from University with BA Degrees, 2 have completed a diploma in IT and are waiting for their results and one has graduated from Vocational Training centre. 4 have completed an Computer training course whilst waiting to go to study their A levels
We are currently sponsoring a further 13 students at 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 has now competed a degree in social work from the University in Dar es Salaam and is actively looking for work.
Another girl (who is one of 11 children) became a house-girl to self-fund her way through secondary school. We supported her education through University and she is now teacher
One boy was shivering with fear when we discovered him. He was in Year 2 of primary school and totally deaf - something which had not been noticed before due to large class sizes. He has learnt sign language, progressed through primary education and is now at vocational centre learning skills that will see him gain employment
To read more inspirational stories about the effect of Helping Hands in Babati, please visit our Impact Page