SPONSORSHIP

Provide a Student with a Scholarship

Have you received an invoice stating the cost of your child’s upcoming school tuition and personal needs? Please use our button to make your payment. Please make sure to make your donation before the due date stated on your invoice.

How does Amani’s Scholarship Program Work?

Scholarship plans cover the costs of a scholarship to a private school (including tuition, materials, and transport). As you are able, we ask you to include a contribution towards this child’s place at Amani (food, childcare, medical and personal needs). This rationale here is that child cannot attend school when their basic needs are not also met.

Costs vary based on plan tier and the age/school-year of the child. We ask for a minimum of a five-year commitment, and a full year notice of any changes in support. Payments are due annually on Giving Tuesday (tuesday after Thanksgiving) and are accepted via Global Giving only.

Your long term pledge allows us to make sure a child can bond with and feel secure in their relationship with their sponsor(s) of their scholarship as appropriate. It also prevents interruptions in a child’s education due to a sudden drop in support.

We believe that every scholar should be matched with a sponsor(s) to foster a mentor-mentee relationship that encourages academic success and accountability. Our goal is to have every child in our care directly supported.

Scholarship allocation is prioritized on the basis of 1. student need and 2. student effort. We believe in this model, as it parallels how students outside the social welfare system – and around the globe – receive scholarships in any educational system. This model provides individual-level support while emphasizing merit and need over favoritism.

Positionality statement: All our programming is designed to empower students to feel a sense of agency and achievement, rather than that they are the recipients of pity or aid. Scholarship sponsors are cheerleaders, not saviors. We discourage charity efforts that perpetuate negative stereotypes, social inequity, or neocolonial power dynamics.

Our Options:

1:1 MATCHING (“the mentor”)

A child is matched with a single sponsor, who provides complete coverage for one child’s residential, personal, and education needs. It is a comprehensive scholarship to ensure a child is supported year after year. (Cost varies but is approximately $1,500 USD per year). Sponsors receive bi-annual updates and thank yous.

1:2-3 MATCHING (“the team”)

Multiple donors chip in to support one child’s wellbeing and academic success. This means the cost is lower for each individual donor (either $500 or $750 per year). Sponsors may team up together or may be assigned to a child who needs another member on their team. This is a great option for those who want to support a student, but cannot commit to the full cost alone. Sponsors receive bi-annual updates and thank yous.

AMANI MEMBERSHIP

If you want to support children at Amani, but cannot afford or commit to an annual scholarship, you can purchase a center membership for your choice of $5-100 per month (higher contributions also accepted). Rather than supporting a single child, this money is contributed to an educational fund that covers the costs of unsponsored children and provides emergency academic support. Members receive annual updates and thank yous.

CHILD SCHOLARSHIP FAQ

Amani receives estimated costs of education for the upcoming year from each private school in December. In order to invoice with sufficient time, we estimate costs based on previous data (10 years of programmatic budgeting). We amplify your donation by asking you to contribute via on Giving Tuesday, during the end of November each year, through Global Giving, which in turn also donates to our center in a matching program. As such, invoices are provided at the beginning of November, and payments are due without exception during the third week of November.

Payments may be made via GlobalGiving, and are matched to an existing scholarship account. We ask that you include $36 to cover the processing and transfer costs. Amani provides confirmation of all donations received via the Global Giving Platform.

All sponsors receive letters and grade reports twice a year, June and November/December via email.

Absolutely. First, please complete the Required Policy Agreements on our website. Following approval, we support regular supervised communication. You may send an email message, pictures, and scanned letters to be translated. You may also coordinate periodic phone or video conversations via WhatsApp with our site manager and your child based on both of your schedules. Please note we ask for a small financial contribution at your discretion to offset the costs of phone/video data. Students are on short vacations during April,  June, September, and December – these are the best times to connect with your student. 

We discouraged mailed packages, as they are subject to search and taxation by the Tanzanian government, and international mailing may be unreliable. Instead, you may reach out to our site manager, who can describe an appropriate gift for your children’s needs, age and interests. You may donate the cost and the item will be purchased on-site in Tanzania.

The Amani Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-deductible within the United States of America.

At Amani, children are awarded scholarships. Though these are not contingent on academic success, the support recognizes hard work, encourages diligence, and provides accountability for each student. For the children, a scholarship is explained as a person in another country who believes in them, cares about them, and wants to help them achieve their goals. A sponsor is a fan, a cheerleader, and someone who will always be in their corner. We discourage the use of savior-esque language that diminishes the individual agency of the student and creates a power imbalance dynamic.

EDUCATION SYSTEM IN TANZANIA 2-7-4-2-3

Duration: 2 years Starting age: 5 years old

Pre-Primary School(kindergarten)

2 Years of pre-primary followed by 7 years of primary school.

Duration: 7 years Starting Age: 7 years old

Primary School Education

The objectives of primary school are to give students basic skills and abilities in reading, writing, and arithmetic along with an explanation of how these skills help in solving pertinent problems in life. It is at this stage that we identify learners with the capacity to continue with secondary education and other training institutions.

Duration: 4 years Starting Age: 15 - 17 years old

Secondary School Education - Ordinary Level

Certificate awarded Ordinary Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

Duration: 2 years Starting Age: 18- 20 years old

Secondary School Education - Advance Level

Certificate awarded Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE)

Duration: 1 year

Vocational Training - Full Technician Certificate

Requires Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) or 2-year post-secondary vocational Certificate for admission

Duration: 3-5 years

Tertiary

Tertiary education takes a minimum of 3 years, at a wide variety of institutions under the control of the ministry of higher education.