Scholarships awarded From 2006 – 2022
# of scholarships awarded in first year (2006)
# of students who have received scholarships
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% of funds going directly to school fees

Our Story

Harold and Janet Pliszka travelled to Africa in 2005.  There they met Goal Joseph Akongo who said “No more handouts, what we need is a seed so we can make it grow.”  The seed is education and what started out as a backyard BBQ to raise funds for 1 -2 kids has grown into HYTES which is currently helping ~115 students this year.

Our Process

We have Country Reps that HYTES deals with directly currently in four countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Guatemala). Students submit application forms to the Country Reps. The application forms are reviewed by HYTES Board members in Calgary, and the successful applicants are chosen and then notified by the Country Reps. HYTES transfers money directly to the schools to pay for the student fees and the Country Rep collects receipts from the schools for audit purposes.
HYTES currently has students sponsored at the following schools:
Kenya – Good Samaritan, Dandora, and Kamunyaka
Tanzania – Loyola Secondary, Arch Bishop Kahurababga, Magaba, and Mbezi Secondary School
Zambia – Mwaata and Zimba
Guatemala – Rabinal: New Hope Foundation
Though we would like to help sponsor beyond the above-mentioned schools, our funds and access limit us to these areas at this time. Our current focus is seeing successful applicants through their remaining years of secondary school (both new and returning students).

Financial History

HYTES has been operating since 2006.  From inception, $748,000 has been raised including $162,000 in government grants through the Community Initiatives Program.  HYTES has paid over $597,000 directly in scholarships seeing students through their secondary education.

HYTES History in Graphs

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HYTES is a 100% volunteer-run, grassroots organization based out of Calgary, Canada.  Dedicated Board Members and Volunteers work tirelessly to support education in developing countries.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
– Chinese proverb