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Welcome to our

Newsletters and success stories

Fanikia would like to post newsletters to update our donors and potential donors  on our progress. We also want to share brief stories of the girls that we support, so you can get to know them, learn about their challenges, and understand why we support them. 

Education is a powerful weapon to combat poverty.

February 2020

Dear Fanikia Family and Friends

I would like to first thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support. I am humbled by your generosity and want you to know what a difference we have made in the lives of these girls.  Every day is a step toward accomplishing our mission.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In the beginning of this year 2020 we have been able to support twenty-two (22) girls with school fees and boarding fees. Also, we have been to provide school supplies to more than thirty girls that include notebooks, uniforms and shoes. Most of these girls are permanently sponsored by Fanikia until they finish their O’ level Secondary Education.

Another accomplishment is Fanikia recipient Salma and Halima finished their O’ level Secondary education at end of last year,2019. Fanikia mission is to support underprivileged girls to be able to have access to quality education while pursuing their secondary education. We are proud that we were able support Halima and Salma with tuition fees, boarding fees and school supplies for (4)four years. Fanikia wish them the best in their future endeavors.


FANIKIA’S PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:

Our goal for this year is to continue to support more girls with the cost of boarding at public schools and school supplies such as uniforms, notebooks, shoes, mattresses, feminine products etc.. Boarding cost ranges from $200-300 a year per student. Most families cannot afford this, and, due to the long distance to school, many students drop out. Most public schools are day schools, so students have to walk to school every day, and most of them live very far away, a 2-3 hour walk each way. This is the same distance they have to walk to fetch water. There are no roads and no public transportation from the villages to the schools, and the girls have to walk these distances through the jungle, which is dangerous and exhausting. It is unsafe for anyone, but even more so for young girls. That is why Fanikia has decided to step in. We help pay for the cost of staying at student hostels, which are located in the school area. According to the schoolteachers, staying onsite has led to good grades. Students who live in school hostels are more successful in their studies than the students who live at home.

I have been getting a lot of request from girls for support with these hostel fees, so I am looking for individual sponsors to cover the cost for one girl for a year (or longer), which is between $17-25.00 a month. We will provide our sponsors with pictures and send updates of the progress of your sponsored girl. Our goal is to provide support to 30 girls next year. Please help us fulfill this goal by contacting us through email info@fanikiafoudnation.org, or give us a call @ (425) 247-5341. You can also donate through our website www.fanikiafoundation.org

Our next plan for this year is to be able to supply Hygiene/ Feminine products to the underprivileged girls in secondary schools in rural areas of Tanzania. Unfortunately, menstruation becomes a source of stress, shame, confusion or fear for young girls especially underprivileged/less fortune. This is due to lack of feminine products as they are expensive and most of them cannot afford. Per our research and conversation, we have had with these young girls, we found out most of them miss school because of fearing to embarrass themselves at school or in their classrooms. This has drastically affect their studies that has led to finish school with lower grades therefore not able to continue with higher education. Fanikia is trying to improve the lives of young women through better menstrual health and hygiene.


September 2019

Dear Fanikia Family and Friends

I would like to first thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support. Without you, we would not have made it this far. I can’t believe it has been more than 4 years since Fanikia was founded. I am humbled by your generosity and want you to know what a difference you have made in the lives of these girls.  Every day is a step toward accomplishing our mission.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

This year we have been able to support 11 girls with school fees, boarding fees and school supplies. These girls are permanently sponsored by Fanikia until they finish their secondary education.

Our second accomplishment this year was our Mattress Drive project. Through your donations, we were able to provide 52 mattresses to underprivileged young girls at the Mahege Secondary Hostel. It was a total success, as we exceeded our goal of 49 mattresses. Many of the girls had been sleeping on cardboard or foam pieces, and thanks to your generosity, they now get a good night’s sleep.  To learn more about the mattress journey (from purchasing them in the city to their 3-hour journey through the jungle to the school, please check out our website).


FANIKIA’S PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:

Our goal for the coming year is to support more girls with the cost of boarding at public schools. Boarding cost ranges from $200-300 a year per student. Most families cannot afford this, and, due to the long distance to school, many students drop out. Most public schools are day schools, so students have to walk to school every day, and most of them live very far away, a 2-3 hour walk each way. This is the same distance they have to walk to fetch water. There are no roads and no public transportation from the villages to the schools, and the girls have to walk these distances through the jungle, which is dangerous and exhausting. It is unsafe for anyone, but even more sofor young girls. That is why Fanikia has decided to step in. We help pay for the cost of staying at student hostels, which are located in the school area. According to the schoolteachers, staying onsite has led to good grades. Students who live in school hostels are more successful in their studies than the students who live at home.

I have been getting a lot of request from girls for support with these hostel fees, so I am looking for individual sponsors to cover the cost for one girl for a year (or longer), which is between $17-25.00 a month. We will provide our sponsors with pictures and send updates of the progress of your sponsored girl. Our goal is to provide support to 30 girls next year. 

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Success Story - Angel Mhada

Today we want to share the story of Fanikia recipient Angel Mhada.  We started supporting Angel in January 2016. She is currently in her 3rd year of secondary school. She attends private school. 

Her Story:  Angel lives with her mother in Dar-es-SalaamCity. Her mother is a single mother and is originally fromthe Kilimanjaro Region, which is located in the North Eastern part of Tanzania. Angela’s mother was married to Angel’s dad, and they were blessed with a little girl, Angel. To others, this would have been great news for the entire family, but unfortunately that is not what happened to Mama Angel and her baby. It was the beginning of pain and suffering, because the husband and his family did not want a baby girl, they wanted a baby boy. So, for Mama Angel to gave birth to a baby girl, she was considered acursed woman and Angel was considered a cursed baby. At the time, Mama Angel was living with her husband and her in-laws in the same house. She was constantly mistreated by being beaten or refused food. She had nowhere to go, because her hometown was very far awayand, due to their culture of women not having a say or a voice, she had nowhere to run for help; she had to endure all these mistreatments. One day, baby Angel got very sick and her mother had to ask her husband and in-lawsfor money, but they refused because they didn’t care about the child’s health. Angel had to borrow money from neighbors, and she rushed her baby to the hospital. The doctor told her she was lucky, because if she had delayed any longer, Angel would have died. This is when she could not take it anymore and decided to run away with her child. It was very difficult for her to get a job, because most people did not want to hire a woman with a baby, but she did find a job as a maid with a family who accept her and her child. Later, Angel opened a small business of selling flour from door to door. This is when she met us at Fanikia. Mama Angel says, “God does answer prayers,and miracles are real”.

Knowing how lucky she was to find Fanikia who pays for her schooling, Angel is studying extremely hard.  She is one of the best students at her school and recently passed her 3rd year exams with a perfect score.  Thanks to our sponsors, she is truly a Fanikia success story.  

Photo of Angel above, which was taken January, 2019 by Julliet Lwakatare in Tanzania.

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Success Story - Neema

We want to share the story of one of Fanikia recipient Neema.  We supported Neema in 2017 to go to Sewing School in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, . She did finish her studies and now she is current sowing clothes as her way of generating income. 

Her Story:  

Neema is from Kiteto Village in Arusha, Tanzania. She was raised by her mother but later on she moved in with her auntie at very young age because her mother was not able take care of her due to financial difficulties. While living with her aunt life was not that easy as she had to do hard labor in the tea and apples plantations to gain in income so they can survive at the same time attending primary school (elementary school). After finishing her primary education, she was not able to continue to with Secondary School because her aunt could not afford to support her financially. She had no other choice than continue working at the plantations doing hard labor all day. Her dreams to join secondary school were dashed.However, due to hard labor and moreover not able to be able to continue with secondary school she decided to run to the big city to look for jobs so she can save money and go back to school. She met a lady who helped her to get a job as a house maid and this how Fanikia met Neemawhile working as house maid. She told us her dream was to sew clothes, so we decided to support her so she canimprove her career by paying for her tuition fees for sewing class. She was able to finish and received her certificate. 

Thanks to our sponsors, she is truly a Fanikia success story.