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Meet Julieth

$50 means the world to Julieth, who is eager to get back to her Teacher Training Program so that she can fulfil her dreams of empowering the next generation. Julieth, who lost both her parents and her grandmother, is struggling to look after her two younger brothers and her sister without an income. 

 

Judith a teacher at the Tanzanian Teachers' Training College

 

Name: Julieth

Age: 25

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

3 words her friends use to describe her: Kind, caring and hard working

 

For as long as she can remember, Julieth has always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Both her parents died in the same year, just 4 months apart, when she was in Year 4. Her parents were teachers, so she sees becoming a teacher as not just fulfilling her dream, but theirs too.

 

When her parents passed, Julieth was raised by her grandmother — but sadly she has also since passed away. This means Julieth, at just 25-years-old, is now the head of her family and responsible for her 2 younger brothers and sister’s future.

 

When Julieth was looking into her teacher training, she heard about Mamire Teachers’ College’s work with So They Can. She supports herself and can barely make the fees, so the knowledge that exceptional extra programs, such as their Block Teacher Training, high-quality resources, facilities and infrastructure were provided by So They Can instantly attracted her to the college.

 

Having graduated from the college with a grade point average of 3.8, Julieth tears up when she talks about the support she received during her time at the college;

 

“So They Can has played a big role in making me who I am, in making me Julieth.”

 

Today, Julieth is a So They Can intern and, through our partnership with Silverleaf Academy, also a participant in the sought-after Teacher in Training program at the Silverleaf School.

 

Unfortunately, just half way through the program, COVID-19 hit East Africa, and like all Tanzanian schools, Silverleaf is now on an extended break.  Sadly this means that Julieth’s income is also on hold. As the head of her household, she’s now carrying the burden of struggling to put food on the table for her younger siblings.

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$50 this tax time will help us provide emergency food relief and income for families,  just like Julieth’s. Please give today.

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