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Officer Blog: Supporting education in Tanzania

Tuesday 04-12-2018 - 10:50
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Spot the new addition to our SU Shop!


One of our students, Ruky Yussuf, has become an ambassador for Shika, a UK charity who support vulnerable women and children in Tanzania.  She enlisted our support to get these beautiful pencil cases stocked in the SU Shop, and make sure the proceeds go straight to charity.


Ruky has owned this project from start to finish – start being a visit to Tanzania, where Ruky suggested the design and creation of these pencil cases, and finish being seeking support from the Students’ Union to get them stocked on campus.


Now you can make a difference too.  And you don’t need to go as far as Tanzania – just drop by our SU Shop and update your stationery stash!


Check out Ruky’s story to find out more about where your money’s going – and how it’s making a difference to Tanzanian women and children’s lives.



Ruky’s story


Ruky Yussuf holding Shika pencil cases in 3 different sizes

"I went to Tanzania a few months ago, before I became an ambassador for Shika, and learned all about the charity.


"Shika recently introduced a fashion label to help them fundraise – which also created well-paid work for vulnerable women, enabling them to provide for themselves.  The profits then go back to the Shika Trust to provide education for children in Tanzania.


"I suggested making pencil cases, as well as the beautiful clothing they were already producing, as another way to fundraise – helping reach more children on the streets and send them to school.


"A few weeks ago I arranged a meeting with our SU President, Jonathan, to tell him about Shika and the pencil case idea.  Jonathan talked me through all the ways the SU could possibly support me with this – many of which I had no idea about!


"As of today, we’re now stocking these beautiful pencil cases in the SU Shop!  I can’t believe how fast everything has moved.  None of the money is going back to the SU Shop – instead, half is going back to the women who made the pencil cases, and half is going straight to the charity.  Without the support of the SU team, I don’t think this would have been possible!


"Make sure you head to the SU Shop on Floor 4, Student Central, and purchase yourself a gorgeous pencil case to support women and children in Tazania."


Shika pencil cases in different patterns and sizes


Want to find out more ways you can give a little back this Christmas?  Head to our Volunteering pages.


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