21st century world in which they will live after they have completed their secondary school
and college educations with EfforTZ Foundation. The Life Skills Development Program we
are offering these girls will provide an intensive, in-depth introduction to the critically
important life and employment skills that these girls will need to lead successful lives that
are not taught by schools in Tanzania.
From the moment of her birth, a Maasai girl's life and its progression is fixed. As soon as she
can walk, she will help her mother build their dung hut. She will walk miles for water and
firewood before she is seven years-old. She will marry a man her father has chosen for her
as soon as she finishes primary school; a much older man with other wives who will expect
her to begin bearing his children at age 12 or 13. She will live in poverty her whole life and
die young unless something dramatic affects this life trajectory.
EfforTZ has given 30 of these girls the amazing chance to escape these forced child
marriages and attend secondary school and college. However, they still carry with them an
inability to move easily through today's world. They can navigate life in a dusty, arid village
in a remote area but they haven't had any experience dealing with money, banks, budgets,
and the other basics of living independent lives.
We believe it is our obligation to provide these young girls with the skills as critically
important to their success in life and employment as subjects such as math and
chemistry. This is what enrollment in this program will begin to develop within them.
This intensive one week residential program will focus on the following
Life Skills (Planning and goal setting)
Financial Skills (Banking and budgeting)
Leadership Skills (Communicating, influencing, motivating, and delegating)
Work Skills (CV or resume writing, interviewing, and entrepreneurship)
Career Options (Presentations by professionals, entrepreneurs, and educational tours)
Personal Skills (Controlling your body, understanding your rights, protecting yourself)
While this intensive program will not fill the entire gap in the life skills of these girls, it is a
beginning. We expect that over their next school recesses, we will expand the Maasai girls'
knowledge and exposure in many of these areas by having them plan, develop, and manage
projects with these new skills which will be used to improve the lives of their mothers and
sisters in their village.