Pamoja Leo helping children to stay in education through COVID

Hazel’s Footprints has been supporting Pamoja Leo, an amazing charity operating in Tanga, Tanzania. Pamojoa Leo works to support orphaned and vulnerable children who struggle to access education. Hazel’s Footprints initially agreed to a grant of £4,500 to pay the salary of a social worker who works to help children to access formal education, and we have now also provided a second annual payment of the same amount. Find out how the grants have helped children to stay in education during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Pamoja Leo during the Coronavirus crisis

COVID meant school and community life in 2020 had many challenges in Tanzania. In such hard times, the social worker funded by Hazel’s Footprints has been invaluable to Pamoja Leo.  In fact, having a social worker on the team ensured a vital link for vulnerable children to their schools. Here is a video which gives a sense of all that’s been achieved for pre-school children and vulnerable teenage girls. It’s amazing to hear about the food and homework packages which were delivered, and the MP3 lessons! With many thanks to Georgina Hill who sent us the video and she, along with husband Ed, is the charity founder.

Highlights from 2020 and impact

  • Supported 4 out-of-school girls back into school.
  • Helped 10 teenage Mums to get into vocational education.
  • All 20 girls in our mentorship program passed their primary school exams.
  • Every child (34) in our Early childhood education project started school on time and prepared with their school needs.
  • 170 children living in Kinship care (those looked after by family members) given school supplies.

 

The future

The second annual installment of our grant will grow the impact of Pamoja Leo. Ultimately, the grant will lead to more vulnerable young children and teenage girls staying in school.
The charity’s goals for the current school year are to:

  • Support 40 children to access early childhood education. All children are orphaned or otherwise vulnerable.
  • 10 more teenage mums supported, with access to vocational training.
  • Reach 500 school girls with education on sexual violence, reporting it and self-confidence workshops.
  • Support girls who have been sexually abused to return to education.
  • Help children living in orphanages to return home and register in new schools.

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