Education is at the heart of everything we do at Glorious. It is through our school, that orphaned and impoverished children are provided daily meals, water, healthcare and a safe haven. Our school is a hub of opportunity, where children can both find and be role-models and where adults can attend classes to help them to secure employment. A Glorious education, grants the community access to clean water, employment opportunities and microloans: where the young and old alike can begin to develop a new vision for their future, beyond the confines of their past.
Glorious provides over 3,500 nutritious meals per week for our students, staff and children in foster care. The two daily meals provided to our students, in some cases, are the only two meals the child will eat that day. By feeding our children, we ease the burden for their caretakers so that they need only to worry about covering one meal per day for their children.
Our campus is also the home for a community well that provides clean water at the price of 50 TZS (3 cents) per bucket. During the dry season we provide clean water to around 150 families per day, and the profits from bucket sales pay for the electricity at our school.
We started with 30 children in 2009, and now have 300 (and growing) enrolled in our school. Currently our students range in age from 3-13. Glorious plans to build the facilities so that we can grow alongside our children. Our goal by 2020 is to add an additional 600 students and to provide education for children up to age 18. During that time we also plan to develop pipelines into various vocational trajectories in hospitality, agriculture and the arts which would prepare our children for careers available in the local economy.
We provide employment to the community in 3 key ways: jobs on Glorious' staff, our Widows Beading Project, and Glorious Women's Empowerment Network (GWEN). At Glorious School, there are job opportunities in teaching, cooking, cleaning, construction and farming. Our Widows Beading Project employs HIV positive women who make jewelry we purchase for fair market value, and then sell outside Tanzania. GWEN provides the mothers and female guardians of children attending our school access to micro-loans to start small businesses.