The more I heard, the more I thought, something has to change. People have to hear.
I was on the phone with Stacey Davis, our Country Lead for Tanzania. She was giving me information for the article I would write about Moses Isack for our most recent issue of Transformed, which I hope all of you have had the chance to read. But, she answered more than just my simple questions about Moses. She gave me insight into the Tanzania school system, which isn’t exactly fair, and she told me about Moses’ family and the culture and community he grew up in. I knew I couldn’t share everything in the Transformed article, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about how I wanted everyone else to know more about the world that Moses and so many others come from.
It’s incredible to hear about multiple generations – not just students – being impacted by our partner primary school (1st-7th grade). Moses’ family lives very near to the school, and one of our local heroes, Peter, used to stop and chat with Moses’ grandfather on his daily walk to and from the school. It was through this friendship that Moses’ grandparents, and eventually the rest of the family, came to know Christ. We serve many children who grow up in Muslim or non-believing homes, so the fact that Moses grew up in a home where he received Christian support was a huge blessing in his life.
Moses has been heavily involved with the school and community for the past 10 years. He began attending the school when its doors first opened in 2003 and was a part of its first graduating class in 2010. He had already graduated by the time VisionTrust became involved, but now that we have started the Saturday program for secondary school students (8th-11th grade) we have the privilege of working with him too!
The secondary school program is a real treat for these kids and we’re anticipating more of the children in our primary school will stay local after they graduate because of it. Going on to further your education at the secondary school level is still a dream for most, even those in our primary school. Because of the high-quality primary education the children in our program are receiving, they are testing at levels that place them in prestigious boarding schools.
This is great except they often can’t afford to attend those schools. When they can’t afford to attend, their only other option is typically one of the lowest quality public schools. Some end up not attending because their parents, who themselves didn’t receive an education, find more value in the children getting a job. Those that do attend the public schools often don’t meet their potential because they’re no longer being challenged in the same way they were in primary school. Our Saturday program will help the children we serve reach their potential as well as offer tutoring for new material. Stacey hopes to meet with the government and help them understand the work we’re doing so kids from our program can be placed in better schools in the future.
It was so eye opening for me to hear about things we currently can’t control that attempt to get in the way of what God is doing in Tanzania. Please pray for God to be powerful in the lives of Moses and the rest of the students of Tanzania, and praise Him for the impact that has already been made in the lives of so many.