Kalai Namuyata, Concordia class of '16 and Naserian Soipey, Concordia College class of '17
Team RE/MAX Results participated in a Mount Kilimanjaro charity trek for the completion of two large preschool classrooms and the establishment of a micro-business loan program. The land blessing ceremony was significant as it marked the closing of one chapter of charitable community work and the beginning of the next. This will be a most ambitious project aptly named after the generous people connected to this beautiful State.
The Minnesota Academy primary school (ages 8 to 14) will soon be home to the graduating TAFCOM preschool children (ages 4 to 7). TAFCOM resides within the village of Pasua, one of the most destitute areas in Moshi, a town which rests by the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Fifty-five current TAFCOM students are identified as aids orphans (in which one or more of their parents has died from the disease) or they are marginalized by other desperate poverty related circumstances.
As a result of our Hope For Education fund-raising events, the building of the Minnesota Academy will begin this fall. The TAFCOM preschool children will ow have the opportunity to continue their education within an English immersion environment which will give them a distinct advantage over other primary school students. Building the Minnesota Academy campus will take place over the course of the next five years and will consist of fourteen classrooms, an assembly, laboratories, administration offices, a kitchen, a dining hall, a dispensary, dormitories and sports facilities.
Concordia College graduates, David and Eunice Simonson, were missionaries to the Maasai since the 1960's, before Tanzania became an independent country. An account of their epic missionary work is chronicled in a book entitled "A Cross Under the Acacia Tree" written by Jim Klobuchar.
It is a great honor to introduce you to the current students from MGLSS, Kalai Namuyata and Naserian Soipey. In the fall of this year, Kalai will be entering her sophomore year at Concordia where she is studying English Education and hopes to return to teach at MGLSS upon graduating. Naserian has recently arrived from Tanzania this past June and will be participating in the Concordia Language Villages Collegetown, USA program in preparation for her Concordia College studies this fall.
Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Fewer that 10% of girls are able to attend secondary school. According to custom, women of the semi-nomadic Maasai people are often betrothed at birth, traded for cows and wed as young adolescents. Within this environment, education significantly matters. A secondary education nearly triples a woman's income, she will reinvest 90 percent of her income into her family, a girl with a secondary education will marry later and have 2.2 fewer children, she is seven times less likely to contact HIV/AIDS and her children will have a 40 percent better chance of living to the age of five. Education matter to all of us because it builds strong women, strong families and strong communities.
Concordia College alumni are quick to recall the mission of their alma mater as "to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life." This scholarship program perfectly embodies this mission with its global Christian emphasis by providing Hope For Education to bright, hardworking young women who sacrifice much to achieve what we as Americans may consider to be our educational right.