Igumbilo Lutheran Girl's Secondary School
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I write today to inform you that our monthly synodical support of $2,000 to the girls school of our companion synod, the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, is nearly depleted. The synod, mostly via our women's groups, began its support of the school in 2006 by funding the original site purchase for $25,000 which consisted of an abandoned Japanese rice factory/facility. From there, the Southern Diocese refurbished and supplied the school and all of its operational needs to the best of its ability. The WIS has striven to provide tuition scholarship for the neediest of students.
Extremely dedicated teachers who live on campus with the students and the purchase and access to textbooks have been key in the success of the school. Success is measured by national test scores, putting Igumbilo on the high end of the list of top schools. This, however, has resulted in increased demand for student slots at this school which is already at capacity.
What does this mean?
Secondary school requires tuition, thereby limiting the number of girls who will ever be afforded this opportunity. WIS scholarship funding is targeted toward orphans and area Maasai girls who have no such source of support. As such, while the school can sustain its operational needs, only those with funding access will be able to attend. Orphans, already disadvantaged, will have little hope to improve their lives. Maasai girls will be pressured to marry and bear children in exchange for cattle at very young ages, despite cultural challenges to the contrary, and will not achieve their desired personal, educational, or vocational callings.
MANY, MANY in the Western Iowa Synod have diligently supported this companion project over the years and we greatly THANK YOU. As such, we feel compelled to be transparent in the current reality of the school. Should anyone feel compelled to seek more information, feel free to contact Cindy Wells, WIS Director for Global Mission (email@example.com; 712.2732.4968 Ext. 441). There are a host of people willing and able to come and tell the story to your congregation or group. Should anyone or congregation feel compelled to financially support the school, please make payment payable to the Western Iowa Synod, with Girls School in the memo, and mail to Western Iowa Synod, 318 E. 5th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588.
There is a national motto in Tanzania: "to educate a girl is to educate a community village is to build a nation...is to change the world!" Let us strive to change the world~
Update on Igumbilo Lutheran Girls School
Receive our warm greetings.
Thank you very much for your love, prayers and support.
We are doing fine since you left us. The students are busy preparing for examinations which are about to start in June 2nd and will end in June tenth. The form one and three will be starting holiday on 11th June up to tenth July. The form twos and form four will not go for holiday so they have to continue with studies because this year they will be doing natinal examinations in November. Let us join together and pray for their success.
Currently, Igumbilo have fifteen teachers and fourteen non teaching staff. This year ninety four students will be doing their form four final exams. We have about 106 form threes, 114 form twos and 139 form ones. The school has about 450 students.
The last year form four results the performance was excellent. We had a class of seventy students and all of them managed to score well in their examinations. There was seven students who scored the first class, thirty two scored the second class, twenty five scored the third class and six scored the fourth class. Non of them failed.
Next year we expect to enroll about one hundred students who will join form one. we have started to inform the parents to prepare their children for interview.
Thank you very much.
With regard Gissamo.
Igumbilo Lutheran Girls Secondary School (ILGSS) Partner Project
This effort provides capacity-building educational opportunities for young women who often do not have equal access to other educational opportunities within the country. Yet, it is women who are the proven sharers of such education, resulting in wider economic development of their families and communities. This project provides scholarships to the neediest of students and educational resources such as laboratory equipment, mosquito netting, laptops and textbooks.
Please contact Cindy Wells, WIS Global Programs Coordinator, with any questions or needs you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org; 712-732-4968 Ext 441).
Fire Destroys Another Dormitory at the Girls School
The Igumbilo Lutheran Girls Secondary School, a partner project in our companion synod relationship with the Southern Diocese in Tanzania, had a fire break out in the Nazareth Dormitory on January 6, 2014. The fire, likely due to a power surge, started a short time after electricity was restored following an outage that had lasted for a number of hours. More below!