Background: Nelson Mgalla was a porter with us at Majestic Kilimanjaro. We sponsored his final two years of high school and then we fund 50% of his 3 year university fees and living expenses. His extended family funded the other 50%.
We are very proud that Nelson has now graduate from Sokoine University in Arusha, Tanzania.
We wish him all the best as he now seeks employment in his chosen field.
Our sponsorship of Nelson ran from 2015 to 2020.
In this blog, you can read of Nelson's ongoing progress and events in his life. (If you want the most complete picture start at the end of this blog and read up. You can also click on Categories - Nelson, in the right hand column to read all the stories on Nelson)
Nelson Graduates Sokoine University
Dear Liana and Steve,
I am doing fine with my family.
I am gladly informing you that I've finished my graduations ceremony that was held in SOKOINE University🎓 and am excited to share with you my pictures📸.
Officially, I am a degree holder major in Tourism Management and all thanks to you guys for making it happen🤝.
I Am really grateful and appreciative🙌🏿 of your support given since 2015-2020 because i'ts a chance not everybody gets.
Now am looking forward to use my education (degree) for the best future of my life.
Again, thanks to Majestic Kilimanjaro🏔for they are positive impact in our society.
My Life is Changing in Positive Ways
Dear Liana & Steve
Thank you for congratulating me🙏🏿.
For real I thank God for this chance of being in a university because where I come from there are a lot of people who wish to get a chance like this, but they can’t due to insufficient finance and other reasons.
I really appreciate the support that you give me because if you had not given me this support through Majestic🏔Kilimanjaro, I would’ve never made it, my dream of studying has come true📚.
Life at university is good because I receive your support for 60% of my fees and accommodation from you each semester and the other portion from my extended family.
Lifestyle at university is a bit challenging because I lack some tools and materials like a laptop for studying, binoculars, camera, and books for field practical according to my course.
I'm learning a lot because I'm away from home and I meet new people with different behaviours, experiences (such as different seminars, trips and other activities that we arrange ourselves as colleagues like charity events, planting trees) and cultures which has changed my life in positive ways🛣. Right now I’m focusing on my studies in order to get better results.
Thank you Majestic🏔for making me smile😊, keep it up and May God bless you abundantly
Nelson Completes his 1st Year of University!
We are so happy to say that Nelson has completed his first of university (hasn't that flown) and he has done well for himself. He'll be returning to his mother for the holidays before recommencing 2nd year university on November 1, 2018..
We wish him a safe and fun holiday period, I'm sure his mother will be so happy to have him home!
Following as his coursework and exam results.
Nelson attends 8 week field practical
"Hello! Steve & Liana
How have you been!
I'm happy that is now the end of the second semester.
Recently I'm on my way to Iringa region for field practical for almost 8 weeks as is the university arrangement.
Nelson Celebrates his Birthday
"Hi..! Liana & Steve
I hope you are all fine
On my side I am fine too and am glad to say that today is my Birthday🎂 and am grateful for that🙏🏿.
Thanks for your support because it makes change and made a mark in my life.
Say H!!👋 to your family and stay bless👐.
Nelson enters Second Semester
"Hello..! Liana & Steve
I hope you are doing well with your family.
On my side, I am doing well too with my second semester studies. In this semester I have 7 courses which are Introduction to English language and culture, Spanish culture, Finance, Ecology, Fist Aid, Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics and Introduction in Computer information🖥.
The Semester is very busy because most of courses like ecology and mathematics📚 as we have no good foundation, which leads to a bit challenge in this semester.
All in all I am happy to say I am fine..😊
Say hi to your family👋 and be blessed..🙌
"Hi Steve & Liana
I'm doing well with my studies here, as the second semester started since 26th March 2018 and will end at the end of June.
Then July the university will arrange field work for us.
Big thanks again for your support I got through Tumaini! I really appreciate it and I have attached the payment receipt.
Also the first semester exam results are out and are enclosed.
Below: 1st Semester exam results and 2nd semester University receipts paid by Majestic Kilimanjaro.
Nelson completes his first semester of university
"Dear Liana and Steve, the Semester exam has just ended on Friday 9th March 2018 and we have a break till 26th March 2918 . I have enclosed my results for coursework and assignments. Thank you for all your support.
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Nelson Starts University
At the beginning of October 2017, we were contacted by Nelson Mgalla, a young porter we had sponsored to finish his final 2 years of high school, to say that he had done well at his final exams and been accepted into many universities. Nelson wrote "I have been selected to all places where I applied and have decided to take Bachelor of Tourism Management which is a three years training (6 semester) at - Sokoine University of Agricultural."
He explained that the course fees and expenses are very high at US$1,460 per year and he was asking for our assistance for 50% of the fees. His family would cover the other 50%.
We agreed to the pay the 50% from the profits of Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris, which would be US$365 per semester, on the basis that he do well in his studies each semester. We gave him a 1 year commitment to be reviewed each year based on his results.
Nelson started his course on October 31st 2017.
"Hi Liana and Steve
I'm writing to you aiming to thank you for your big support on beginning of my university studies I really appreciate it.
The lessons of the semester has began since 31/10/2017 and will end on February 2018.
Please see the attached bank slip of the payment I made.
We asked Nelson why he wanted to study this course:
"Hi Steve and Liana
I'm happy that I began my studies and I'm doing well on your support in Sokoine University of Agriculture.
Since I work as the porter with Majestic Kilimanjaro with experience of years now, with the help i got from you guys with half of my high school payment, I got inspired to continue with high learning on the same field of studies.
Then I decided to take bachelor of tourism management at Sokoine University of Agriculture which I believe will add me more experience :
I'm taking different studies including Introduction to Resource Economics, introduction of tourism, tourism, environment and development, food and beverage, introduction to animal kingdom, english composition, introduction to english language and culture 1 and introduction to spanish language and culture 1
And I really appreciate the support I got from you Liana and Steve, I can't stop smiling.
Our latest update from Nelson: "On my side I am doing well too with my studies. On 26/2/2018 I will start my semester University Exam, then a break till March"
We wish Nelson every success and look forward to following his progress.
Great news: Nelson's Graduation was in April which he shared with his beloved Mother.
Then in June 2017, Nelson passed his A level high school exams and scored division 2!
We first met Nelson when he worked as a porter with Majestic to earn money for his high school fees. We helped him out by paying for half his fees for his final two years of school. You can read our original post here
We are so very proud of you Nelson and we wish you all the best for your future!
Nelson and his Mother on Graduation Day
This year, a young man named Nelson (17) started working with us as a Porter to earn enough money to put himself through his final years of high school - A-Levels. When Tumaini heard that Nelson was working to earn school fees, he suggested that even though Nelson had only just started with us we should consider Nelson for our scholarship program. We did, and have since paid for half of Nelson's remaining tuition fees so that he can finish his A-levels.
Nelson has written a little about himself and his dream of the future.
"I'm Nelson John Mgalla i was born in the family of three brothers raised by a single mother.
On education background i started my primary school in 2002 and completed in 2008. Then i joined secondary school education four years (2009-2012)at Kimandolu secondary school in Arusha.
Due to financial problems I fail to go on A-level studies for two years (2013-2014).
During that time i decided to work as a kilimanjaro porter in order to save some money for school fees.
Then in 2015 i got chance to join Marangu high school for A-level studies. But this has been very big challenge on making enough money on time for school fees.
To me education is very important because it gives awareness and i got to learn many thing from teachers and other students at school. Also through education i will be able to reach my plan.
My future plan is becoming a politician so i can be able to help my society in solving different problems like poverty, ignorance and bring awereness in their rights and responsibilities for development.
I hope when i will be to achieve my goals in education my dream of changing the society and my nation will come true."
We wish Nelson all the success he desires and deserves!
About Majestic's Foundation
Majestic's Foundation - Maisha Bora - is funded by the full 50% of Liana and Steve's share of the profits generated from Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris. In fact, Steve and Liana take no income for their work in the business either.