High schools are fee-based in Tanzania, so many promising students simply can’t afford an education.  A Tutaweza scholarship provides tuition, supplies, and in many cases room and board to deserving young scholars at a Tanzanian-run school.  We’re proud of our scholars, and each one has a unique story.  Please take a minute to get to know some of them below.

Current Scholarship Students

Hilda E. Singaile

Hilda E. Singaile

Hilda is one of seven children who lost both parents early in their young lives.  The family was split up and Hilda, along with two of her siblings, lived in an orphanage.  She was then cared for by one of the nuns at Tosamaganga Convent.   When Hilda applied to Peramiho Nursing School, she was unable to obtain financial support through the Convent’s missions program.   However, a Tutaweza scholarship became available!  In her spare time, Hilda enjoys watching world news programs such as BBC and VOA. To read an excerpt from Hilda's recent essay, click here.
Baraka Mwakayemba

Baraka Mwakayemba

As one of four children born to a peasant family, it has been difficult for Baraka to realize his education goals.  He has had to drop out of school 3 times to work and save enough for tuition.  His persistence paid off and he was accepted at Peramiho School of Nursing, although once again he could not pay the required fees.  Due to the delays in his education, he is older than other Tutaweza students and was initially denied a scholarship.  However, the nursing program administrator recommended Baraka highly, based on his past academic performance.  Now that this young man has fewer money worries, he’s eager to focus only on becoming a good nurse. To read an excerpt from Baraka's recent essay, click here.
Debora Jailos Mwampamba

Debora Jailos Mwampamba

Debora is one of six children whose father worked hard to support the family and pay school expenses until his death in June, 2015.  Family conflicts led to legal battles and the headmistress at Oswe’s Secondary School for Girls became concerned that Debora would be unable to continue her education.  She helped her apply for assistance from Tutaweza.  Debora enjoys all academic subjects and hopes to one day go to college and study business.
Herieth Adam Mwingira

Herieth Adam Mwingira

Herieth developed an interest in nursing as a result of her own hospital stay, during which she noticed how few nurses were available to care for the large number of patients.  She had an unstable family life, staying with various aunts and uncles after losing her mother at a young age.  After completing her primary and secondary education through Form IV, she was accepted to Peramiho School of Nursing in November, 2014.  When Herieth was unable to pay the required tuition, the school administrator recommended her for a Tutaweza scholarship. To read an excerpt from Herieth's recent essay, click here.
Sinevia Mwawa Halele

Sinevia Mwawa Halele

Sinevia has faced many changes and challenges in her short life.  Following her father’s death, her mother formed a polygamous union which was a difficult situation for Sinevia.  She lived with an aunt briefly and then moved in with a sister.  Despite this tumult, she was able to complete her primary and secondary education through Form IV, with only one interruption (due to lack of money for tuition and fees).  Her brother then helped her enter Peramiho Vocational School.  The Academic Master at PVS recommended her for a Tutaweza scholarship.  Sinevia enjoys singing and playing netball and she dreams of one day owning her own tailoring center.
Gabriela Kisigwa

Gabriela Kisigwa

Gabriela was born to a teenage mother who abandoned her.  She has never known her father but was later reunited, and now lives with her mother.  Her maternal grandmother cared for her during primary school.  She was accepted at James Sangu Secondary School for Girls in 2014.  However, the family was unable to pay tuition and fees.  A teacher helped Gabriela with the necessary finances.  Her performance on the Form II exams resulted in a recommendation for a Tutaweza scholarship, which began in January, 2016.  In the future, she hopes to somehow help find solutions to girls’ and women’s social and economic inequality in Tanzania.
Getruda Mboma Mbena

Getruda Mboma Mbena

Both of Getruda’s parents are deceased.  She and her two sisters were taken in by their maternal grandmother, while their brother lives with a step-uncle.  After Getruda completed her primary school education she applied for a Tutaweza scholarship and was accepted to James Sangu Girls’ Secondary School.  Two of her favorite pastimes are singing church songs and reading fiction.  She hopes to become either a college teacher or a counselor.
George Emmanuel Mwambila

George Emmanuel Mwambila

George is one of 7 children born into extreme poverty in Nakauga village. His parents are subsistence farmers. After completing primary school through Standard VII, George was unable to continue his education because his family could not afford the tuition and fees. He went to work and was able to pay for one term of vocational school. Because he showed promise, he was recommended for a Tutaweza scholarship and is now studying carpentry at Peramiho Vocational School. His extracurricular interests include learning about nature conservation and playing volleyball.
Gloria Ferdinand Mgaya

Gloria Ferdinand Mgaya

Gloria is one of five children, each of whom has been raised by a different relative due to the parents’ extreme poverty.  She lived with her aunt from the age of five until she completed primary school.  The aunt was unable to support Gloria's secondary school ambitions.   However, Gloria passed the entrance exams for Oswe Girls School and began receiving a Tutaweza scholarship in January, 2015.  She enjoys singing and dancing and is a member of her local church choir.
Deogratius Haule

Deogratius Haule

Deogratius is the oldest of four children, born to a single mother.  He has never known his father.  He was able to complete primary school, but his mother could not pay for any secondary education.  An aunt took Deogratius in as household help, realized his potential, and enrolled him at Peramiho Vocational School.  When she was unable to pay fees for a second term, the Sisters of Peramiho offered support and then urged him to apply for a Tutaweza scholarship.  His dream is to eventually become a teacher.  
Scholastica Batista Mbwana

Scholastica Batista Mbwana

Schola's bright smile and love of singing and dancing give no indication of the family problems she has endured.  These include the divorce and disappearance of both parents.  Her grandmother cared for her during primary school and then nuns funded her enrollment at James Sangu Secondary School.  Changes in administration and new priorities for the diocese last year meant that financial help was no longer available to Schola.  Fortunately, Tutaweza was able to offer her a scholarship so she could continue her education without interruption.  In her spare time, Schola likes watching TV, especially community service programs.  She hopes to become a psychologist and build a recreation center for street children.
Ditrick Haule

Ditrick Haule

Ditrick and his 3 siblings have lost both their parents.  A cousin helped as much as possible with school expenses, but with 8 children of his own to care for, this became a huge financial burden.   Ditrick scraped together enough funds to enroll in the vocational training program at Peramiho in 2013.  After completing his first year, he applied for a Tutaweza scholarship, which has allowed him to fully concentrate on his mechanical engineering classes instead of worrying about money.  Ditrick's hobbies include playing football and dancing.  Here's an example of the traditional Tanzanian dance, known as Lizombe, which is one of his favorites. To read an excerpt from Ditrick's recent essay, click here.
Mary Millinga

Mary Millinga

Mary's mother had 5 children, each with a different father.  Mary has never met her father and her mother died in 1997, when Mary was only 3 years old.  Fortunately, an aunt was able to pay for primary and secondary school.  One of Mary's sisters was also able to help out.  After passing her Form IV exams, Mary was accepted into the Peramiho Vocational Training program and Tutaweza is now helping her complete a course of study in publishing and printing.  She dreams of one day owning a small business center that offers secretarial services.  Mary's hobbies include music (especially religious songs) and dancing. To read an excerpt from Mary's recent essay, click here.
Nelia Lepodi Sokoni

Nelia Lepodi Sokoni

Since Nelia's parents both died when she was a toddler, she has always been cared for by other relatives ...  first by her aunt, who was like a mother to her.  Unfortunately, her aunt died in 2005;  her uncle  then assumed the parenting role.  Nelia doesn't know 2 of her 4 siblings at all, because they were taken in by friends of the family who moved to Zambia.   Nelia entered Oswe Girl's School in 2011, and will soon be completing Form III.  She would like to eventually become a high school teacher or operate a children's center.  One of her favorite pastimes is conversing with friends about politics and the future of Tanzania.

To read an excerpt from Nelia's recent essay, click here.

Gloria Julius Simbeye

Gloria Julius Simbeye

Gloria was born in 1993, in Chimbuya village, the youngest of three children.  After primary school, she was accepted at Oswe Girls' Secondary School.  Due to the prolonged illness of her father, Gloria's parents were unable to pay tuition beyond her first year.  Her father died in September, 2012.  Because she had performed so well, the school recommended her for a Tutaweza scholarship.  Gloria is currently ranked first in her class of Form II students.  During her free time she likes playing netball and singing.  She also is interested in global economic issues.  After completing  her education, possibly in accounting, she dreams of creating a program that offers micro-finance opportunities for women. To read an excerpt from Gloria's recent essay, click here.
Emmanuel Tegere Alexander

Emmanuel Tegere Alexander

Emmanuel is the second born of three children of Tegere Alexander Mlemba (who died in 2008) and Clementine Chaula. Due to many family difficulties, Emmanuel was not able to attend primary school regularly and only graduated in 2011. He is excited to now be enrolled at Hasanga Boys' Secondary School and he plans to study hard. His goal is to enter a community service field and help children and/or the elderly. In his free time, Emmanuel enjoys reading and playing football.

To read an excerpt from Emmanuel's recent essay, click here.

Clinton Glant Mwakigaja

Clinton Glant Mwakigaja

Clinton is the older of two children of Glant Jarome Mwalugaja and Zela Kyura Lwitiko. His father died in 2003. His mother is a primary school teacher. Her sister died 3 years ago and left 3 additional children to join Clinton's family. Clinton is currently enrolled at Hasanga Boys' Secondary School, and he hopes to eventually study automotive engineering.  An important additional goal is helping to support his mother and siblings. His favorite pass time is watching or discussing the news with friends.

To read an excerpt from Clinton's recent essay, click here.

Faraja Anyimike Kayinga

Faraja Anyimike Kayinga

Faraja is the only child of Sophia Kibona, a single mother. She has never known her father. Faraja has expressed a desire to help improve her mother’s standard of living by getting an education and a good job. She was successful in passing the entry exams at James Sangu Girls School and is thinking about becoming an accountant or a nurse.

To read an excerpt from Faraja's recent essay, click here.

Mariam Nestory Mgaya

Mariam Nestory Mgaya

Mariam is the youngest of five children. The oldest three were unable to attend secondary school and, unfortunately, her older sister was married at a very young age. Due to her mother’s ill-health, the village government helped Mariam with basic school supplies during primary school. Since government support isn't available for secondary school, Mariam took the national exam and then received a Tutaweza scholarship. She is enrolled at Oswe Girls’ School and planning to study Economics so that she can one day help solve her country’s financial problems. To read an excerpt from Mariam's recent essay, click here.

Previous Scholarship Students

  • Grace Nzunda (August 2014, Diploma in Accountancy, TIA-Mbeya)
  • Erasto Kayombo (August 2014, Diploma in Nursing, Peramiho)
  • Fredrick Godson (July 2014, Diploma in Computer Science, MUST, Mbeya)
  • Joseph Kaselema (May 2014, Teaching Certificate, St. Aggrey TTC, working in Tabora Region)
  • Elias Kapesa (May 2014, Teaching Certificate, St. Agreey TTC, working in Katabi Region)
  • Samwel Jairosy Kayinga (working toward a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Dar es Salaam)
  • Jimmy Samuel Mabura (completing law school at Ruaha University College, Iringa)
  • Said Emmanuel Nzunda
  • Grace Stanley Kitahenga
  • Tusubilege Willy Simbeye
  • Lamson Songa
  • Pascal Kyando
  • Ester Edward Kayange
  • Imelda Mlemba
  • Jafari Shughuli Msyete
  • Yustina Kayombo
  • Martha Fred Kayanda
  • Hilda Kapusi (May 2013, Teaching Degree; working in Kilolo District Iringa)
  • Baraka Mwampashe (May 2013, Teaching Degree; working in Ujiji District Kigoma)
  • Martha Lulambo
  • Faraja Minga
  • Amos Mbembela
  • Cecilia Jordan Luoga
  • Erasto Kayombo Ebehard (July 2014, Diploma in Nursing, Peramiho School of Nursing)
  • Agnes Aidan Komba
  • Eliud David Silindu (June 2015, Diploma in Records Management, Tanzania Public Service College)
  • Willy John Mgogo (June 2015, Diploma in Records Management, Tanzania Public Service College)
  • Anastasia Roberth Mngulu (May 2016, passed national exam after completing Form VI)
  • Irene Kapinga (May 2016, passed national exam after completing Form VI)