Imagine having to travel great distances to go to secondary school. Many young women in the Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania, must do so. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is building a safe hostel for students as an overall strategy by the diocese to increase access to education for girls. The hostel also creates a welcoming community of girls whom the ARDF encourages to worship together at the local church.
In 2013, the ARDF funded the construction of a similar hostel where Happyness Gasper—a former student at St. Peter’s Secondary School in Sikonge, Tabora, Tanzania— stayed while she attended St. Peter’s Secondary School. She describes how the hostel was essential to her education: “I completed Form IV at St. Peters Secondary School-Tabora, owned by the Diocese of Tabora of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. My parents stay [37 miles] from Tabora Municipal where the school is located. If there were no hostel at the school … I would not have gotten the chance to attend secondary school. But, because the accommodation here is comparatively affordable and safe, my parents agreed to pay for me to stay there and attend school.”
The Anglican Church Women of St. Ann made a small donation to the ARDF project in Tanzania to support the construction of the new hostel. The ACW also applauds the ARDF’s effort to support educational opportunities for young women in east Africa. You may find out more about this project at http://ardf.org/projects/4875/. (Note: This article modified website text.)