Namayani, from Tanzania

Namayani is nine years old and lives in northern Tanzania.

Her father makes his living by collecting sticks to sell to the Masai men as walking sticks and her step mother sells tobacco in the market every day. While her parents are keen for Namayani and her sister to go to school, buying uniforms and exercise books is a problem for the family.

A project is underway in Tanzania to improve the education of girls at 60 schools in the country. The project will continue until 2012 and aims to help girls attend school – and stay at school long enough to finish their education.

The ‘Transforming Education for Girls Project’ is run by CAPP in Nigeria and Maarifa ni Ufunguo in Tanzania. It is supported by ActionAid and funded by Comic Relief and the Tubney Charitable Trust.