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CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH IN TANZANIA
Posted in the March 2023 Newsletter
March is Women's History Month and I wanted to share the amazing work that Wesley College is doing on a daily basis to promote female education and support. It is proven that empowering women enhances our communities. The United Nations states: "Increasing women’s and girls’ educational attainment contributes to women’s economic empowerment and more inclusive economic growth."
In honor of Women's History Month, Wesley College opened a Gender Based Violence Desk for female students. The desk will be a safe place managed by Ms. Teresa; but will also have the principal, Dean, tutors, and students helping.
"In Tanzania, 40% of all women aged 15-49 years have experienced physical violence, while 17% have experienced sexual violence. Of women aged 15-49, 44% have experienced either physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner."
-The World Bank, 2022
Gender-based violence is a problem in the community and can hinder females in their educational endeavors. Wesley College has found specific ways, like this desk, to combat the violence towards women. Wesley College will also have trainings for staff to spot gender-based violence, clubs for students to empower them to raise awareness with peers, and constant notifications around campus on identifying gender-based violence.
To show the seriousness of this violence- Wesley College will keep records from complainants and report these quarterly to the Wesley management and the Ministry of Community Development,Gender,Women and Special Groups to University and Colleges.
"This desk is important to the College, staff and students because it will help us to know in detail what is gender-based violence; help to reduce it among the community by providing education. Through reporting different cases -it will help us to know the situations about different violence happening within our college and reduce them. We will be ambassadors who are against any gender-based violence."
I also wanted to share some numbers on what we've accomplished since 2017 with growth of female students and staff. In 2017, we had 51 female students that made up 41% of our student body. In 2022-- we've grown to 102 female students that make up 55% of our student body. This growth shows the desire for education in Tanzania for females and how Wesley College is meeting that need. Further- we started Wesley College with 2 female staff members, but now have 9 outstanding female staff leading our students.
We love highlighting our graduates- specifically this month one of our female graduates and a way she has transformed many communities through a great program. Veronica Marwa is a 2020 graduate with a diploma in Theology. She is currently serving as the Co-Director of Wesley House where she works to bring young adults of different nationalities together to grow to live a life of servant leadership.
"As the Women's Ministry Coordinator, I meet women in our neighborhood. I listen to their life stories and help them spiritually in terms of knowing God. But I also help their physical needs by assisting with small capital for starting a business."
Click HERE to read more about the amazing work Veronica is doing at Wesley House!
We celebrate the women that came before us who impact where we are today--as well as current females. More so- Wesley College strives to see the future that women have in our communities and strive to continue to empower them through education and support.
Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation
2023 welcomed a growth in the Foundation's staff with the addition of Brady Banks, Director of Foundation Development. Brady has been a great asset to the team. Nicki (Communications Director) and myself look forward to the Foundation's future as a strong team with the addition of Brady.
We also mourned the loss of an amazing person and constant supporter of the Foundation and Wesley College. Rev. Dr. Bill Buchanan was instrumental in Wesley Collge's start in 2017 through teaching classes as well as serving on the Foundation Board. His impact will forever be felt in Tanzania and with us. We cherish our memories and grieve this loss.
I was able to visit Wesley College several times this year, and each time left with a feeling of renewed hope and admiration for all that the College is doing. I had the pleasure of seeing the growth through new staff, more students, assistance for assault victims, and more graduates who are directly impacting local communities in Tanzania.
Wesley College Foundation also had the first-ever Rock City Run, virtual 5k event that corresponded with the Rock City Marathon in Tanzania. This event spread awareness to new friends as well as joined together all of us for a fun event that got us moving.
I wanted to highlight a volunteer who made the Rock City Run a fun, easy event with 40 of her closest friends and family. Kathy Schwab, a loyal friend of Wesley College Foundation, along with her husband Ken Schwab hosted a walk with social gathering.
Kathy shared what the Rock City Run meant to her and how easy it was to do--and how much FUN they all had.
Not only did Kathy get together a group of 30 people at her house to walk and enjoy a social brunch afterwards-- she had walkers all over the US participate! Kathy and Ken made sure that they spread the word about Wesley College all the way to Yosemite!
Kathy gave this tip to anyone who might be hesitant to get a group together:
"Do what's in your comfort zone. For me- it was my friend group then it branched out from there and grew. Begin with what feels right for you. Don't try and make it overwhelming--it really is simple and easy and FUN!"
Thank you Kathy and Ken for making the cause of Wesley College Foundation the catalyst for the good you and your friends/family did with the Rock City Run!
As we welcome the new year, please join me in giving thanks for how so many people have come together to make Wesley College Foundation possible. As we enter this new year, I pray for blessings on each of you, your families, and the world. May we see even more movement forward and joy in 2024!