Faraja’s students each have dreams to one day have a job along with the self-esteem and independence that comes from earning a living. By 2008, it became clear that Faraja’s primary school graduates have neither the training nor the experience to move fully into the community. Over the years, Faraja Fund Foundation has provided finances as available to support each student in further education and training beyond primary school.
Faraja’s Social Work Department works one-on-one with each Faraja graduate to help direct them toward a path for further training in a field which offers a high probability for employment in Tanzania. Many of Faraja’s graduates are best served by attending a private program for vocational training combined with a secondary school education.
Faraja partners with facilities including the Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Center, which offers programs for people with disabilities to learn vocations in such areas as carpentry, tailoring, shoe-making and other trades where employment opportunities are plentiful. Usa River is also operated in partnership with the Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
In 2017, with support from the Faraja Fund Foundation and the Faraja School, Usa River began offering a four year program which combines a secondary school degree with vocational training. This enhances the student’s English, math, science and other important skills and is ideally suited for many Faraja graduates.
Faraja’s highest academic achievers may have the opportunity to attend a private secondary school. We work with these students to assess their long term career aspirations and with appropriate secondary schools. While these programs are relatively expensive, they can leading to university and certification for jobs in health care, education, tourism and other fields where career opportunities are plentiful.