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Dreams come true
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Written by Katoke
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Evina Enock has completed four years of secondary school at Katoke then a one year library course at the School of Library, Archives and Documentation Studies, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, with sponsorship of Katoke Trust. She has now begun serving in the KLSS Library. She has written a heartfelt and engaging letter of thanks that will warm and bring a wry smile.

"I thank Lord God paving the way and granting me everything necessary [to do the course]. You have made possible tremendous drop me in the academic ocean. Hallowed be your name.

I am happy to tell you all that I completed well my course [and] that I became the top student among 452 students. Actually the library course is not easy because it needs high concentration, capacity thinking and studying hard.

My special regard I extend to all Katoke Trust members for making me to drop in the academic ocean, which makes me feel joy all the time. …. I try much to work well in the library so that I can gain more experience about my occupation … and about using computer as it is a computerised library.

Lastly remarkable thanks go to Katoke Trust members who sacrificed your opportunity for me to get on my course [and] for me to be in a position that I dreamed before - although I have not yet reach[ed] the position I desire mostly to be. Much love to you who makes me feel happy and joy all the time.”

Yours Evina Enock

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:17
 
A heart-warming Christmas note
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Written by Katoke
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

There’s so many things I enjoy about Christmas; getting together with family, singing carols, and eating Christmas pudding. But one of my greatest delights is receiving Christmas messages from friends near and far. A few days ago I received a note from Katoke. It was written by Deus, a tall and gracious Tanzanian who received a sponsorship to undertake an agricultural course in 2003-2006.

The note was heart-warming. Deus wanted to reach out to his sponsor at Christmas to expresses his gratitude. After completing his Agricultural course Deus went on to work for 7 years in a non-government organisation dealing with conservation. He is now studying a diploma in theology. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of his sponsor here in Australia.

When I read his letter I smile, because I can sense the optimism he has for the future. It’s really warming to read how he has made such a contribution to Tanzanian life with a sense of Christian purpose and is now training for ministry.  What a lovely Christmas present this is!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:33
 
President’s Report to the Annual General Meeting April 2014
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Written by Katoke
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

President’s Report to the Annual General Meeting April 2014

The Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid

 

Some wonderful outcomes in Tanzania and in Australia have given great encouragement in 2013. The Katoke-Lweru Secondary School has continued to be our biggest project but other initiatives have continued well and are making a difference, giving hope in a remote community of a nation that is itself fighting vigorously to eliminate poverty.  I was honoured to have a 45 minute audience on July 25 with the President of Tanzania, Hon Jakaya Kikweti, who was pleased to know about our program and who spoke of the wider efforts of the government and people to bring about development.  With some of the Board I also had a meeting with billionaire Andrew (‘Twiggy’) Forrest and his wife, Nicola,  in December. Andrew heads a movement, Walk Free, to eliminate modern slavery.  He commended our work and promised to walk with us.

Katoke-Lweru Secondary School.

Sid Moir as Headmaster and Rowena Bragg as Deputy have formed a strong working relationship and the school is functioning very efficiently with Form 5 (Year11) planned to begin in 2014 and with excellent results in national examinations. See details below. More important than exam results, however, is that we see students growing in Christian character and going on to serve others with the skills they have gained by seizing the opportunities their schooling has opened up. One example of this is Mary Prudence who was expelled from another school when she fell pregnant, bore her child, came to KLSS where we accepted her and found her a sponsor.  She worked hard, succeeded in Form 4 exams, studied to be a pre-school teacher and now has a career teaching in a pre-school near KLSS. She can support her child and is glowing in gratitude to those who helped her and thanks God.

Rowena and Peter Bragg have settled in to the work of the school and are making a strong contribution to its   well-being.  Rowena is strengthening teaching through her work with the staff and is helping to plan and project the school into the future.   Peter, as Business Manager/Logistics, has overseen a host of minor building works and maintenance, has saved the school in many emergencies when there have been cuts to water and electricity supply and has set up an IT network that teachers are using more and more effectively.

Sid and Marilyn Moir, who are ably assisted by Anna, are in their sixth year of service at Katoke and leadership succession is a major issue for the School Board assisted by the Trust.

Total Enrolments and Staffing. January, 2014 335 students

Classes in each year

Form 1:  3 classes (110),

Form 2,3,4:  2 classes each.

Form 5 enrolling to start in July 2014.  Possibly 60

Boarders on site: 305

Staff

Full time teaching staff: 13

Part time teaching staff:  3

Administration staff.: 5 in admin, 2 in library

Other staff:   2 gardeners, 2 storekeepers, 3 fundis doing repairs and maintenance, and others as needed (such as truck driver, labourers, tradesmen when building or painting,  - something like 30 at present)

Form 4  Results  in National Examinations

Results are excellent and have improved from 2012 to 2013

Division 1 is the highest, Div 5 is failure

Division

2012

2013

1

Nil

7

2

5

19

3

10

37

4

77

42

5

33

1

In the Region

In top 10.5%

In top 8%

In the Nation

In top 12.5%

In top 8%

Subject ranking in the nation.  In the top %

CIVICS

9%

HIST

8%

GEOG

11%

KISW

8%

ENG

6%

PHY

19%

CHEM

7%

BIO

12%

MATHS

7%

Other Forms Exam Results are excellent.

Rank in the District - of 45 schools

2nd in Form 1,

3rd in Form 2 (in 2013 National),

3rd in Form 3.

Building:

No new buildings were started in 2013 but construction is about to begin with builder, Gary Dillon to go on May 1 with his wife Sue and with Peter Simpson.  The program includes a second boys’ dormitory,  teacher flats, the Dining/Assembly Hall and two more classrooms.  Total cost of these buildings will exceed $250,000.

Other Projects

Malaria Reduction, Vanilla Growing, Improved Palm Oil cultivation, AIDS/HIV Prevention have all continued strongly.  Much support has also been given for secondary school students who do not go to KLSS and for tertiary students who are studying to be teachers, nurses, lab  technicians, clergymen and tradesmen of various kinds.  In these ways we are training leaders for all levels of life and so making perhaps our most important contribution to the wellbeing and future of Tanzania.

In Australia

Many have worked very hard to produce our most successful fundraising year ever with over half a million dollars raised for projects.  Credit goes to all who have helped in this great effort, especially the Communication and Fundraising Committee chaired by David Lefcovitch.  We now have 208 sponsorships and over 1000 supporters.  But with sponsorship funds following graduating students to other courses, only 44% of students at KLSS are sponsored so we need to raise more sponsorships. For this purpose we have created a Sponsorship Committee which is chaired by George Ward. Because we are all volunteers and our administration is lean and mean, virtually all funds go to Tanzanian projects.  Congratulations to all our supporters.  We thank God for the way he has prospered our work in his Name.

 

President

Assoc Prof Alan Watson

Web site

katoke.com.au

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:19
 
Merry Christmas from Katoke
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Written by Katoke
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

The ham has been purchased, the tree is up and the carolers are in full voice. It’s December, and the busyness of the festive season is upon us. So lets take a moment to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished together in 2014.

 

School Transition. The magnificent six year leadership of Sid and Marilyn Moir is celebrated as they prepare to depart in 2015 and hand on to Rowena Bragg as headmistress. The School has flourished under Sid’s energetic and wonderful leadership. Students have gained high marks in the National Exams. The school is ranked third of 46 in the region and in the top 8% of the nation. But even more important than exam results, is the growth of students in Christian grace and character.

Some highlights this year, included hosting and visiting other secondary schools in the region. During these visits, the students had competitive, enjoyable, and interactive debates and played hard fought games of football and netball. Our first Form 5 cohort are continuing to enjoy their studies whilst working hard and contributing positively to the school community.

 

 

Buildings. A covered shelter, a boy’s dormitory and a 4 classroom block are complete and ready for use in 2015. Planning is proceeding under prominent architect, Geoff Deane for more dormitories, teacher housing, dining hall and other spaces.

 

Sponsorship. Orphans and students from poor families have been supported by sponsorship for the life-changing opportunity of education that is opening doors to careers that would otherwise be unattainable.

As we reflect on 2014, we are mindful of the wonderful difference that the gift of sponsorship makes in the life of the student and their family. Take Respicius. He turned up on the doorstep of the school as Form 1 was commencing. He had walked from a village about 15 km away. He is an orphan who lives with his grandmother in a mud hut with a small plot of land which grows their food. Despite showing academic ability at his local primary school, it was unlikely he would be able to attend secondary school without help.  His primary school teacher told him to go to Katoke School to see if they could help. Although we had closed our application process, we took Respicius in. What a delight he has been! A lovely, unassuming young man who has grabbed the opportunity to study. He has gone home with a report showing 6th place out of 106 students. Fantastic! Through generous sponsorship, Respicius has the chance to fulfil his promising potential.

We look forward to welcoming 80 new Form 1 students in January 2015. Like Respicius, many of them will require sponsorship to be able to study and make a positive difference for their future, and the future of their family and nation. We are still looking for many sponsors. For further queries, please contact Lee King (0408 535 687; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

Other projects. Malaria and AIDS prevention have been extended to other villages with instruction from the song and dance troupe and the subsidised sale of mosquito nets. Vanilla growing is spreading amongst the farmers.

 

Volunteer opportunities. We warmly welcome visitors and volunteers. A building supervisor, an administration/finance officer, plumber, teacher mentors, ESL teachers, and other support staff are also urgently needed. If you would like to consider visiting or volunteering please contact me or Rowena Bragg ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

Thank you for partnering with us in 2014.  We wish you and your family the peace and joy of Christmas.

Warm regards,

 

Alan Watson

 

President

Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:26
 
Some days stand out
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Written by Katoke
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

Rowena Bragg, deputy principal at Katoke Lweru School, shares her feelings about some memorable times

Often the days here are like those at home – not that they aren’t full, but they go by in what has become the expected rhythm. Even the diversions are factored in, such as random power cut-offs. But then some days come along and, for some reason, often to me unfathomable, they stand out.

Two days last week were like that. Thursday morning started with the normal assembly and staff devotion/communication. I was called to the office for a girl who was burning up, straining to breathe. I put her in the recovery position while Sid (headmaster) got the car. She became unresponsive but revived at the clinic while they were putting in a drip. (She had malaria, but will recover).

I returned to school to find Beatrice and her 16-year-old daughter, Doreen, waiting. Yuda, our Academic Master, said I really needed to see them. Pastor Enock, the school chaplain who is from their village, told me their story. Beatrice’s husband died from AIDS, their five other children have also passed away. Beatrice is HIV -positive and on ARV treatment; miraculously Doreen has escaped the virus. She completed Form 2 last year and was being supported at school by her uncle, a policeman. Last year he was sent to a neighboring area, Karagwe, to catch elephant poachers but was shot and killed. There seemed no prospect of Doreen completing her education.  It was one of those moments that come along much too often. In my office the pastor, Yuda and I all had tears in our eyes. Beatrice had a dignity and faith that defied her horrific circumstances and Doreen had a hope that to me was brave.

Of course we allowed her to join our school and we await a sponsor. Then followed a very sick boy, Alistedes, who joined the school this year. He is an orphan whose guardian is his disabled older brother. Their other brother is a poor farmer who tries to support them, as well as his own family. Alistedes is a sad boy who cannot yet trust that this opportunity at school will not disappear; a fair enough concern. He is another who needs a sponsor.

Due to the goings-on Peter and I had to postpone a visit to the home of one of our students, Watson. He is 27, not married but responsible for a household of 13. It includes his grandmother, his sister and her two children, an orphan who has lived with him for seven years following the death of his mother, and now three more children whose parents have been forcibly removed back to Rwanda by the Tanzanian government.

Then along came Friday. We visited three villages to see families who had applied for sponsorship. Each student had only one carer, most struggling to support many children while living in mud and thatch houses, most not weatherproof. It’s a sobering way to spend time. But village views are often magnificent and as you walk through them there are sounds of playing and chatter and people passing time at the small dukas (shops). It’s a communal and social way of life, albeit hard.

However, along with all of this there are moments of sheer beauty. On Friday morning we walked outside to see a hornbill sitting on the rail; the moon and night sky are always amazing. Views of the lake make us stop and wonder, as does watching workers take such pride and joy in what they are doing. We have just expanded the library and all involved in the renovation worked so hard. It looks fantastic. Everyone, including Peter and I, are proud of it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:02
 
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