Linda would again teach sewing and hand stitches to the girls. I would get to wander the grounds and observe what it was like to be at a boarding school in one of the poorest countries in the world…to take photos of the students and the lush grounds.
That is when I saw it…in a notebook filled with carefully copied notes…next to the blue pen was…THE PENCIL! It was obviously homemade…a stick from a tree. Later that week in a conversation with Bishop Fredrick Shoo, he stated how …yes, when he was in high school they made their own pencils from the “stubbies”, those too short to use, combined together and placed in a carefully awled out stick. This was recycling not for the environment, but out of economic necessity!
When meeting the sponsored students of the Tanzania Orphan Scholarship Project at their schools, we would always pass out letters from their sponsors…and also notebooks, rulers, erasers, pens, and yes… PENCILS! Prior to seeing the homemade pencil, I had always thought that these gifts were very minimal! NO longer! And your gift of an education to an orphan in Tanzania is certainly not minimal.
These teenagers are very faithful Christians, who already have the hope of Jesus Christ; but with your $450 scholarship they also have the hope of an education. This provides the majority of their tuition, room, and board. They attend one of the Lutheran high schools in the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Their school year is from January until December.
The sponsored students thank you for your continued support. We have 140 sponsored students this year, but many more orphans are available to be sponsored. Learn more
Written by Tom Gapp as a part of his presentation for Tanzania Orphan Scholarship Project.