Reward intake photo January, 2010.

DOB October 15, 1990

Reward intake photo January, 2010.

Came under Tumaini care January, 2010.

Reward and sister Mary have struggled throughout their secondary educations but expect to graduate Division I, which is the highest level of accomplishment in school in Tanzania and will earn them access to much needed government loans for university.  Reward hopes to become an engineer one day.  Brother and sister have completed their studies for 2010 and await their grades but still do not sit idle.  In gratitude for Tumaini Children’s Foundation helping the Minja family, Mary and Reward have offered to provide tutoring or “tuition” as it is called in Tanzania, to our children at Tumaini House because they have not had a chance to learn English, much needed if one hopes to pursue a good education.  All four of the Minja children speak English.  Mary and Reward attend Tumaini House daily and pay the good fortune they have received forward to our children helping with all homework but especially English and Math . . . and as our good fortune prevailed, music!

“My name is Reward EvanceMinja.  I was born 15th October, 1990 and I am 20 years old.  I have two brothers Kelvin and Nelson and one sister Mary.  I am the first boy born in our family.  Both my parents died.  I started primary education at Leganga School for 1997 to 2003.  I passed to secondary school of Uraki Secondary School from 2004 to 2007 which is government school.  After we lost our parents we began to have very serious problems to our family.  After my father died school fees became a great problem to us and my sister and I were returned home several times, something which made our results poor.  Also, our relatives discussed to sell our house but they failed, we opposed them because we are mature enough.  I studied with problems until I finished Form IV in 2007.  When we were waiting for results our mother died.  I didn’t pass to join Advanced Level because I lost one credit.  Things became worse because my sister wanted to start Form V, my brother wanted to start Form I and there was no money to pay school fees and our parents didn’t leave anything but the house.  The nuns helped my sister, Mama Mandela helped Nelson and I had a volunteer help me with fees but we sold clothes in order to fulfill our school fees.  When I was Form V I repeat Form IV at the same time.  It was difficult.  I was taking Science subjects, physics, chemistry and mathematics because my hope is to become an engineer.  God helped me and I was second out of seventeen students in Form V subjects.  I joined Form VI until I finished this year 2010 in February.  I sing in my church choir and I play guitar and keyboard.  I also like drawing.”  Reward Minja.

We were fortunate enough to send a small piano, two guitars and a keyboard over in the container we shipped over and Reward, one of the VERY few accomplished musicians in the village, plays them all and has kindly offered to teach our children.  I marveled too at this fact until he explained that he is a member of the choir in the Lutheran Church in Usa River and that he learned to read music and play through that affiliation.