Posted by Peter Tinney on Aug 03, 2019
Pres Ross opened the meeting and welcomed guests, including Anika Stanic, Exchange student to Taiwan who introduced herself to members. Her mother Balinda was also present.
Community Director Neil indicated that Scientific Challenge will be held next year. The National Science and Engineering Challenge will be held in Taree on 23rd October 2020 at Taree Race Course. The top School in each state together with the top school in our district will take part. A prospectus has been prepared to enable sponsors to contribute to various levels of sponsorship. The teams will be bussed from either Newcastle or Port Macquarie Airports. 0n 22nd October there will be a science and engineering evening for all the schools taking part at the Race Course. Our club will be asked to provide for the breakfast on 23rd and the Rotary Club of Taree North will provide the barbecue lunch. A dinner will be held on Thursday night and all members will be invited, planning is well advanced and our next meeting we be held on 6th November 2019.
SCHOOL OF ST JUDE Director Phil reported that Blandina, the student we sponsored at St Jude’s School in Arusha, Tanzania, has graduated and our future support will be transferred to a boy called Given. Each year, nearly 1,000 of Arusha’s disadvantaged and bright students under the age of seven are invited to participate in the selection process for highly sought after primary academic scholarships at St Jude’s School.
The selection process involves rigorous academic testing and poverty assessment, coupled with a two-week probation period when St Jude’s gauges a student’s motivation, social skills and leadership qualities. Once a student makes it through the comprehensive selection process then the real excitement begins! Uniform Day is the joyful start to each year when the enthusiastic new students get fitted with all the essentials to turn them into a proud St Jude’s student. Once their shirts, trousers, ties, socks, shoes and dresses are fitted they walk out of the school gates to meet their eagerly waiting families.
Their life-changing journey as a student at St Jude’s has begun! St Jude’s approach has always been different; they focus on education as a means to reducing poverty. They select the brightest and poorest, offer them an academic scholarship, then a sponsor takes their hand to go on the education journey together.
“Given” SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAREE Given is 6 years old. He is in Standard 1 (First Class) at our Sisia Primary Campus. One of 1,800 students at St Jude’s school, Given was born on 14 August 2012 and will be 7 years old this year. He is one of the new students who started studying at St Jude’s in January 2019.
Given and family
Given and his family live in Sokoni 1, an expanding area on Arusha’s city fringe. He and his family are Pentecostal Christians.
Given’s family belongs to the Mchagga tribe. The Mchagga tribe originates from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest mountain which stands at 5,895m (19,340 feet). Mount Kilimanjaro is only a two-hour drive from Arusha.
He lives with his mother Joyce, sister Gabriella [1] and aunt Neeman (23). To support the family, Given’s father works as a truck driver in Dar es Salaam (principal business city of Tanzania), while his mother Joyce works as a housekeeper in people’s private homes.
His family rents their two-room, cement block home.
His family lives in a compound with other families. Like many other Tanzanian dwellings, their home has no internal plumbing. Buckets of water are collected from a nearby tap for a small per-bucket fee. Fortunately, the family has access to electricity at home although the power supply can be very unreliable! Meals are prepared indoors over a basic kerosene fuelled stove or gas cooker.