Saturday, February 28, 2009

I would like you to meet ...

Winnie Nixon

Winnie is AOEFs newest scholarship recipient!

Winnie is 10 years old. Winnie’s mother, Lillian, passed away in 2002, due to HIV. Winnie’s father subsequently fell ill and passed away in 2006 (probably due to HIV as well, although he was undiagnosed, which is so often the case). Lillian's sister took Winnie and has raised her ever-since, here in Karatu.

Winnie is currently in the fifth grade – referred to as Standard Five in Tanzania – at Tumaini Junior Academy, here in Karatu, Tanzania. At the end of the 2008 school year (just this past December), all the children in the Karatu District take government assessment tests. Winnie scored the highest score of any child in the District, out of thousands of children. To say that she is bright is an understatement!

Asante sana (thank you) to Mr. Robert Olson, of Bellingham, Washington for being Winnie's sponsor! Your generosity will guarantee the best education available here for a little girl so full of potential!

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