The purpose of the Order of St. George Educational Scholarship Fund Tanzania, East Africa is to help eliminate educational poverty by providing young African girls a way to escape form Gender Based Violence, complete their education and become productive citizen of Tanzania.
There is a pandemic throughout many countries of the world, especially Africa with a focus on the country of Tanzania. This PANDEMIC is known as Gender Based Violence. Many young girls are faced with a future of various forms of this dreadful disease all because they were born female. Coupled with this is the false belief that young males are more important and preferred in family structure. Fathers will send their sons to school while their daughters drop out for many reasons. Sons will be treated with more respect and given advantages over their sisters.
Gender Based Violence comes in many different forms. Girls drop out of school for many different reasons. Some reasons include lack of money to pay school fees and uniforms, sexual harassment from male teachers, lack of sanitary restrooms and supplies for young girls, ashamed and embarrassed to discuss female growing issues, especially when many times the only available person is a male teacher, forced rape while walking to school, HIV and other health concerns, forced genital mutilation and a form of human trafficking being forced to marry at the young age of 15, 16 or 17 so their parents can receive a large diary. These are just a few ways young girls face Gender Based Violence.
The Order of St George Educational Scholarship Fund Tanzania, East Africa fights Gender Based Violence by providing the means to rescue these young girls from this devastating pandemic. It provides the opportunity to rise above these debilitating issues, allowing these young girls to receive a quality vocational education, secure a job and live a dignified and productive life as a Tanzanian citizen.
A one year scholarship cost only $400. This includes tuition, textbooks, notebooks and other school supplies. It also provides a daily meal, annual medical physical and some transportation expense.The process of selecting these young girls focuses on the most vulnerable. The girls are visited in their homes and the parents are interviewed directly by Dr. Onesmo Ngowi, founder and executive vice president the Kilimanjaro Information Technology College. This is where the girls go to school when they receive their scholarship. The parents sign an agreement that they will allow their daughter to return to school, complete a GED equivalent receive their college vocational degree and enter into a productive job in the work force. Parents also commit to not allowing their daughter to be married at a young age.