Service Without Borders (SWB) is an interdisciplinary, student-led organization whose mission is to share the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, locally and globally by providing assistance to communities in need. SWB projects engage students in real-world design, project management, construction, marketing, fund raising, and cultural experiences. Students will work alongside professionals and community partners to assess issues in international and local communities, and address them with culture sensitive engineering and educational solutions. This is there 5th visit to our...
Loserian Mwanaa is a 10 years old boy from a small village called Oltemwai. Before joining EEMPS Loserian was a lives stock keeper. At the age of 5 years, he would be sent by his father to take a lot of sheep and cattle to eat. If he returns home with a single animal lost, he was beaten. After convincing his father a lot, he then agreed to let loserian join EEMPS. He is happy here at school and works extra hard in class so he can later on educate his society about the importance of education
Sinoli Wilson is a 13 years old boy from Arusha city. When we met this boy, Sinoli was already working at the market area in Arusha. This was due to his family being very poor. They could not provide basic needs for him hence he had to find a way to feed himself. He worked 8 hours a day and was paid very little amount of money. After meeting with Martha (school’s Manager) she decided to take this boy and bring him to school. So far sinoli is very bright in class and humble as well. He is among the top 3 students in his class and besides that he is also the best football player. He likes mathematics...
Ombeni zakayo is a 11 years old boy from Engaruka village. Ombeni comes from a poor family but his parents struggle a lot to provide him education. His father is a local village carpenter and his mother is a house wife. They have four children and ombeni is the last born. Besides the fact that they are poor, they still see the importance of taking children to school
Nailenya Lesinet is a 10 years old boy from a small village called Naisiijo. Nailenya’s father is polygamous with 5 wives and over 30 children. He is the 4th child out of 6 children from his mother. His very bright in class and also does well outside the class that is sports and games. His father is very old now and cannot take good care of the family hence Nailenya and his brothers live in a very harsh environment because of struggling to get basic needs. All in all Nailenya likes schools and wishes to be an Engineer when he completes his studies/.
Lesiwan Naampapa is a seven years old boy who comes from a small village called oltemwai. When we found Lesiwan, he was keeping cattle and goats. That was his major assignment. His father abandoned them and went to another Region leaving lesiwan alone with her mother. Her mother has 4 children and lesiwan is the second born. Lesiwan is very bright in class and even his class teacher says that too. His mother also keeps cattle and goats to sustain their lives with his younger brothers who are at home
Nengai Ndung’ani ndari is a 10 years old girl who study’s grade three at EEMPS. She comes from a small village called Ndimi. Nengai’s father never wanted her to attend school. He is sick suffering from heart failure hence he wanted Nengai to get married so he can use her bride price to cover his medical bills. His father is very poor and has more 20 children. Nengai and her brother are the only ones who study and they both attend EEMPS. Her brother is in grade six.
Sara martin is a 9 years old girl form Engaruka village who studies in grade two. Sara was adopted with a certain grandmother who she lives with in Engaruka village. Sara’s mother died and his father is unknown. Her guardian is very old and can’t afford to provide everything for her but she sees the importance of Education for Sara. She works very hard in class
Nasieku Medukenya is a 8 years old girl from a a small village called selela. His father has 3 wives and Nasieku’s mother is the third wife with 7 children. Naanyu is the 5th child. They once used to depend in cattle keeping for food but for the past few years monduli region is experiencing prolonged drought season hence domestic animals die a lot. Her family is now remained with very few to accommodate them, hence keeping this girl at home was not a good idea due to the fact that she might be taken for marriage in exchange of cattle for bride price
Naanyu Ngaiseki is a 9 years old girl from lake Natron. His family were victims of the Ngorongoro eviction that started 2018. They were homeless for a longtime before they migrated to Ngaresero. They now live there and are left with absolutely nothing. His father has 2 wives with almost 14 children. Few children got lucky to go to school including Naanyu who studies here at EEMPS.
Meshuko Saning’o is a five years old boy from a small village called selela. His father married two wives and meshuko’s mother is the second wife. Due to polygamy, his father does not take good care of the family because he has more that 10 children already. His mother is a small peasant and they depend on little maize cultivated from a small-scale farm to feed them. Sometimes it is not enough for the whole family
Esupat Simba Roine was admitted at EEMPS in the year 2022. She is a nursery student. Her father married one wife; they were once settled in engaruka before they moving to a small village called Selala. She also has a sister at EEMPS who studies in grade 5. She says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up just like her class teacher madam Kinyi.
ST Math is a program that starts by teaching the foundational mathematical concepts visually, then connects these ideas to the symbols, language, and robust discourse. With this visual learning, students are better equipped to tackle unfamiliar math problems, recognize patterns, and build conceptual understanding. This program was donated to us through MEF to be used by our school project that is Engaruka English Medium primary school. The school has started teaching ST MATH and students love this program. With the help of 10 computers donated by Service Without Boarders ( SWB ) we were able...
Martha Olemisiko (Sengeruan) is the manager of Engaruka English Medium School (EEMPS) and Executive Director of the Engaruka Community Initiative Organization (ENCO), which operates the school. Martha is Maasai and obtained her B.S. in Sociology from the Catholic Univ. of Eastern Africa, Nairobi. She worked for the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) for 8 years as the Education Program Officer and Program Manager. At MWEDO she coordinated scholarships for more than 500 pastoralist girls, coordinated the MWEDO girl’s secondary school, and managed an adult literacy program for 6000...