Like the over 3 million Tanzanian orphans and abandoned children, these boys once slept in alley ways and dug through garbage for food. They had no access to medical care. They were refused entrance to school because they didn't have uniforms or supplies. Many of them were often abused. Some got very good at stealing and begging.
EfforTZ has given 17 of these boys the amazing chance to escape life on the streets, and obtain primary and post-primary school educations. But, as orphanage children, they still carry with them an inability to move independently in the world. They haven't had any experience dealing with money, banks, or budgets. They have never had the opportunity to consider and make healthy personal decisions. They don't know how to plan or set goals. And, perhaps worse, their orphanage experience has let them believe that someone else will always do this for them.
We believe it is our obligation to provide these young boys with the skills as critically important to their success in life and employment as subjects such as math and chemistry. That is what enrollment in this program will begin to develop within them.
This intensive one week residential program will focus on the following key areas:
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 boys, it is a beginning. We expect that over their next school recesses, we will expand their knowledge and exposure in many of these areas by having them plan, develop, and manage projects, under EfforTZ' guidance, with these new skills.