Hello! This is Ruth Kaaya. For the past fifteen years, she has devoted her personal and professional life to community development and public service in her native country, Tanzania. To improve her effectiveness as a development project and community leader, she now wishes to pursue a master’s degree in human resource management. BUT, she needs our help to do it.
Ruth and her husband combine their professional work and home production to provide for and educate their four children and local children whose fees they help sponsor. Saving for a graduate degree is impossible. The deadline for collecting the needed amount is May 31th. 2021. Could you pitch in?
Dynamic and determined, she will work tirelessly to transform your support for her education into benefits for thousands of families in need in Arusha community. Every little bit makes a difference. Thank you!!
Scroll down to read her full story in her own words and to see a breakdown of expected degree expenses.
My name is Ruth Sawe Kaaya. I was born in a poor family of eleven members in a small village called Kikwe, in Arusha, Tanzania. My parents cultivated a small plot of land, growing just enough maize and beans to feed the family. They kept few cows, goats and sheep that provided us with milk or were sold to cover our school fees. Even though I grew up in a family with limited economical resources, my childhood was full of warmth and happiness.
My parents taught me to live my life in service for others. In Secondary School, I decided that my future studies should be targeted at helping my community out of poverty and reducing dependency syndrome. This led me to earn a college degree, an Advanced Diploma in Community Development, sponsored by Tanzanian Government.
In the years since, I have been striving to improve my community through diverse professional and volunteer efforts. I have trained health workers to prevent and manage HIV/AIDS, Sexual Transmitted Diseases, and effects of early pregnancies. Furthermore, I teach life skills to youth and provide Child and Youth Social and Financial Education.
My work has also focused on economic development. I have served as loan officer at several banks, and as Project Coordinator at Olokii Parish IGA Project & Meru Elderly Initiatives. I also teach and motivate women’s Entrepreneurship, Voluntary Saving and Landing associations, because I believe that women are a potential motor for the economy to generate jobs and reduce poverty. While many Tanzanian women have the potential for entrepreneurial development, they are often impeded by a lack of necessary skills and resources.
Next to my work I collaborate with my husband on volunteer activities. We raise funds to support marginalized girls with school fees, sanitary pads, notebooks, and school uniforms. We also established an NGO called Sham Charity Foundation which aims to find scholarships for children in need. We believe that education is a fundamental human right and that it is the most powerful tool to transform lives.
I am the mother of four children. They all attend school and I make every effort to teach them the importance of education, so they can improve their chances in life.
I believe that my potential to help people is yet to be fulfilled. I wish to go back to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. My goals are to learn about development issues and opportunities in a local and global context and to gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of the relationship between governance, leadership, and development. I believe these skills will enable me to think strategically about human resources and harness the skills of people in my community to improve livelihoods.
As I have the responsibility to pay for my children’s education, I cannot afford to save for my own. I am therefore looking for a sponsor, who will give me the honor of continuing my studies by funding my Master’s Program for two years, including tuition fee, materials, and transport. Thank you!
Fundraising fees, school fees and supplies :
Tuition Yr 1: $4,000
Tuition Yr 2: $4,000
Travel and Accommodation: $3,970
Research Project: $1,000