This after-school program brings boys together in commonality to learn to respect themselves and others, set and achieve goals for the future, and become positive role models in their school and village. The spirit of Kujengana, a Swahili word meaning “to build each other up,” guides the approach to programming and meeting facilitation. The participating boys receive knowledge and tools to help channel their individual power to achieve their highest potential by mindfully bringing their bodies, their minds, and their emotions into synergy.
The Enlightened Boys Club was founded at Mababu Primary School by Askinosie Chocolate as a compliment to the successful Empowered Girls Club in the same schools. We manage the clubs with a team approach – our onsite Askinosie Field Representative facilitates these clubs in cooperation with volunteer teachers from the school administration and faculty. The program is directed by The Askinosie Foundation, with guidance including specific curriculum topics and teaching approach from Kellen and Daudi Msseemmaa and Central Cocoa Fermentary member farmers.
The Askinosie Foundation sponsors two Enlightened Boys Clubs in the Kyela region of southwestern Tanzania, where Askinosie Chocolate sources some of our cocoa beans: