March 14, 2017

“Betsy’s House, truly a dream come to life”- Shelby Deck

By Girls Education Collaborative

It must have been the hyenas. On my first night in Betsy’s House, I could hear them out there in the dark talking about their day in their unique howling “Whrrrooooooooooop” noise. Switching off my solar lantern, I lay there thinking #1, this is just SO cool and #2 about my own day and the…

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March 8, 2017

IWD: The Rights Women in the West Take for Granted Are Still a Dream in Tanzania

By Anne Wadsworth

This International Women’s Day, we implore you to truly think internationally. The rights we western women have enjoyed for decades are not yet guaranteed to women and girls in towns and villages in countries all over the world. While we fight for equal pay, stature and opportunity, women in other countries are just beginning to…

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December 21, 2016

Female Genital Mutilation and What We Can Do To Stop It

By Anne Wadsworth

I recently returned from Kitenga, Tanzania, where our organization, Girls Education Collaborative (GEC), is working with a community-led initiative to create more opportunities for girls through education. Days after returning to the US, I turned around to leave for Washington, DC to participate in the first US Summit to End Violence Against Girls. While in…

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December 7, 2016

Girls Being Girls in Kitenga

By Anne Wadsworth

Dear Friends, I have recently returned from an almost three week stay in Tanzania. It was a trip like none other. For the first time since five years ago, when GEC became a part of this incredible project, there were girls on campus- living in the dorms. Attending classes. Doing homework under solar lanterns. Playing…

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November 14, 2016

A True Collaboration- Our First Project

By Anne Wadsworth

In January, 2017, Tanzanian girls at risk of forced marriage, genital mutilation, domestic violence, sexual assault, and otherwise circumscribed futures will take imperative steps toward self-actualization when they begin secondary coursework at the newly built Kitenga School for Girls. It is a project GEC is infinitely proud and fortunate to be a part of. But…

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September 26, 2016

Rolling Out the Road

By Anne Wadsworth

The lack of a road into the 1,000 acre Kitenga School for Girls campus was very problematic during the construction phase of the facilities. Lorries got stuck, materials couldn’t be delivered, workers were waylaid. The heavy and prolonged el Nino rains made it clear that a dependable road was needed to not only ensure the…

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August 3, 2016

KITENGA UPDATE: “Truly Remarkable”

By Girls Education Collaborative

Recently, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning at the University at Buffalo, Dr. Mara Huber, and a group from UB traveled to Tanzania and to the Kitenga School for Girls campus. This is what she had to say… Although I have returned to Kitenga many times since my original trip in 2009, my…

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October 19, 2015

Kitenga School for Girls – an important update

By Anne Wadsworth

It starts with a vision on how to make a better world. This particular vision is to empower women and put an end to female genital mutilation and child marriages. It is a vision to lift an under-served and impoverished community towards a better, more dignified life. It began over 20 years ago when the…

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April 5, 2013

It’s Such Bad Timing

By Anne Wadsworth

Just when I need my whole self to be in full buzzing mode, I find myself at half speed. When I get back from a project visit to Tanzania, my to-do list is a mile long; my stories, pictures and reflections a mile deep; my passion about our mission somehow even stronger than it was…

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March 11, 2013

Bertini Supports Dorm for Girls Education

By Anne Wadsworth

The dormitory at the Kitenga School for Girls is $20,000 closer to being finished thanks to a fantastic grant award from the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls Education. One of only two grants awarded, the funds will go directly towards the construction of the dormitory – an essential piece of infrastructure for a boarding…

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