SEGA’s 2015 Graduation – A Firsthand Account

An Unforgettable Visit to SEGA

I returned home to California after by trip to SEGA several weeks ago but I still find myself reviewing my photos and videos of my time at SEGA and in Tanzania time and time again. I love telling the stories of my experiences and about the unique and special people of Tanzania. The trip far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to others. Thank you to all for making this an experience of a lifetime.

A few years ago I heard about SEGA and Nurturing Minds through my neighbor and was inspired by the vision, passion and results of the school so early in its development. I had the opportunity to help sponsor 2 students and jumped at the chance – I am so glad I did.

Over the next few years I got to learn more about SEGA and their programs, about the students through the letters that we sent back and forth and from the reports from the class coordinators sent on their academic and interests at the school.   The students’ focus has always been on working hard so when the invitation came from Rehema and Mwanaidi to come to their graduation, there was no hesitation on my part to make the journey and be part of this momentous occasion.

Upon arriving to SEGA several months later, I saw the red arch at the campus entrance and the beautiful water tower, and I was a bit nervous and excited. I received a very warm welcome from all, a tour of the school and then a beautiful singing welcome from the girls. My senses were on overload observing the differences in Tanzanian culture – specifically how the people respect each other and their unwavering resilience.

The next few days I had the opportunity to volunteer and become a part of the school. I got to experience first hand how passionate, committed and dedicated the faculty, staff and volunteers are to the education of the girls. They do so much with so little. I also had the opportunity to participate in two home visits and meet the girls’ families.

Graduation was beautiful and a true celebration for the girls who have overcome so many obstacles to get to where they are today. The entire school took part with skits and songs from all classes. The families of the graduates were beaming with pride!   Leaders from the community were also there to support the graduates. It was an emotional and inspirational day for the graduates and all who attended, and a day I will never forget.

—  Angela McManus