By Linda Gapp
The sponsors of the Tanzania Orphan Scholarship Project are an overflowing blessing. The scholarships are given to students who attend schools run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. All scholarships are given to youth in need. Last year, this included students who graduated from Nuru English Primary School built by Sheridan members in 2010. Although, these students are not orphans the parents cannot afford to send their children to high school. Innocent is one of the eleven Nuru students, who are sponsored at Mtakuja Secondary School. Innocent wrote in the letter to his sponsor, “My family is not rich but my family works hard for me to study.” The project is committed to helping the Nuru students from the Karansi Lutheran Parish. Pastor Joshua Lazier encourages the Maasai fathers to send their children to school. The fathers agree to send one child and the other two can stay home and herd the cattle. Education will empower these youth to lead a better life!
In 2017, 140 students received scholarships. The scholarship is $450 for the academic year which is January to November. Smaller donations are applied toward a full scholarship. Letters are exchanged twice a year.