New mentor at SCHULBANK: Karibu Sana, Elizabeth!

An important step for us and our fellows: Welcome our new and first permanent mentor, Elizabeth Lusingu.

Since the beginning of the year, the 25-year-old student has been supporting us in the supervision of our approximately 110 scholarship holders. Liz is not only a companion for our protégés, but also a contact person for schools, teachers and parents when it comes to optimal framework conditions for education.

Who exactly Liz is, what her tasks at SCHULBANK are and what motivates her in her job are best told by her herself. A brief introduction:

My name is Elizabeth Lusingu, I am 25 years old and I come from the Arusha region in the north of Tanzania.
It’s an exciting and a good experience to have moved to the South where I’ve never been before.

I am currently living in a small one-room apartment near Iringa University and have already made my first friends.
I was born in Moshi in the Kilimanjaro region, where I grew up with my grandparents. My father passed away when I was 5 years old. Three years later, my mother left me. I lost my grandfather when I was in grade 2 and was raised by my grandmother, a retired teacher . In 2011, she died when I went to secondary school. After that, my uncle took care of me until now. So I know life as an orphan myself.

After my elementary school years in Moshi, I attended a high school in Mwanza, and then graduated from the University of Dodoma with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. During my studies, I completed internships at the Arusha International Conference Center and at the Kili Hub in Moshi as a Community Administrator. In my last position, I was a Project Mentor at Africaid Tanzania.
My previous experience in social work and my own family background are among my motivations for advocating for orphans at SCHULBANK and their education.

My current role at Schulbank is to mentor our scholarship recipients and track their academic development. Home visits, parent-teacher conferences, one-on-one meetings, and tutoring programs are all part of my daily routine. The paperwork is important and has to be done, but the conversations with the children and young people about their plans, their wishes, but also worries and problems are what I enjoy the most. Often, just by talking to parents or teachers, we can solve many problems. Then I go home with a feeling of satisfaction.

For those who would like to welcome Elizabeth: