Father's Day

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s hard not to think about the goals we all have for our children. Every father knows the importance of a good education. It’s what lets kids grow wings and fly on their own, whether they’re living in Arusha or Arizona.

Thanks to your ongoing generosity, new two-in-one teacher is planned for the Mondorosi school. It’s crucial for allowing the community to hire more teachers, which in turn allows dozens of children to receive an education, children who might otherwise never get that chance.

One generous father, Jason Torrey-Payne, was able to see the need firsthand during a 2013 trip to Tanzania:

Tanzania's wildlife is outstanding, but its people are what truly shine. We were fortunate to meet with locals in the eastern Serengeti. One of my favorite memories is my son playing soccer with the kids with a ball made out of rolled up socks.

We vowed to help the people of Tanzania. Knowing that FoTZC would prioritize where the funds were needed most to help the community gave us peace of mind. We continue to donate to Focus on Tanzanian Communities because the people of Tanzania have a strong place in our hearts.

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This Father’s Day, please consider honoring a dad by giving the gift of education to the children of Mondorosi. Simply select the “in honor of” field at the bottom of your donation form, and an email will be sent to the special dad in your life, celebrating your gift.

Every father wants to give his children a better tomorrow. Your generosity this Father’s Day can help make that a possibility for the children of Tanzania.

Honor a mother by helping another

The gifts we remember best aren’t silly trinkets, the latest gadgets, or bright bouquets: they’re the thoughtful, meaningful gestures that warm the heart.
 
This Mother’s Day, we’re asking you to honor a mother you know by giving to a mother in need through www.fotzc.org. The mothers in Tanzania may be a world away physically, but their sacrifices, their hopes, and their love for their children are things we can all recognize.

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Traveling in Tanzania with their sons, Susan Killeen and her husband experienced incredible beauty…and witnessed incredible need, a juxtaposition that prompted them to do more:

Traveling to another country almost always expands your horizons, but traveling to Tanzania truly expands your heart. The warmth of the people, the beauty of the land, and the awe-inspiring experiences with wild animals change a person forever.
 
But time in Africa also reminds us that we have so much, while others have so little.  At home, a long line at Starbucks can sour your mood. In Tanzania, women and girls walk for miles just to get clean water for their families.
 
It was these simultaneous extremes—of beauty and poverty—that compelled us to get involved with Focus on Tanzanian Communities.  We realized that the blessings that allowed us to travel to such an amazing place should be used to give back to others who have so much less.
 
We traveled to Africa for safari, but now we feel that witnessing the need, and giving back, was the real reason we were meant to see Tanzania in the first place.

No matter where they live, or how little they have, mothers all over the world are bonded by their love for their children.  Extend your love to a mother in need.  Please head to www.fotzc.org today to give a Mother’s Day gift that will bring a smile to your face…and to so many others (by completing the “honor” section of the donation form, we’ll send an acknowledgment to the mother you honor - just be sure to include your honoree's address!).

Do any of you Aunts, Uncles, or Grandparents out there have stories and photos we can share? Send them to ryan@fotzc.org – we’d love to share them with all the big-hearted travelers we know!

Share the Health on World Health Day

It’s an old saying: you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone…especially with your health.  Without your health, everything starts to fall apart. And without basic sanitation, staying healthy is almost impossible.
 
On this 70th anniversary of World Health Day, we want to say thank you: your donations to www.fotzc.org are helping thousands of Tanzanians wake up every day feeling capable, energetic, and most importantly healthy.

 Our dispensary doctor is delighted with her new medical supply room.

Our dispensary doctor is delighted with her new medical supply room.

Your generosity has helped build the desperately needed Sukenya medical dispensary, which has served over 13,000 patients since opening in 2015. Thousands of Tanzanians in this remote rural area are getting the basic preventative and curative care they need, not to mention the clean water—provided on site—that will keep them healthy and strong between visits.
 
Thanks to your support, we’re also planning a 16-toilet facility for the nearby Haymu primary school, so teachers and students can stay clean, healthy, and focused on their education.

Of course, just as with health itself, sometimes healthcare needs can take you by surprise.  Focus on Tanzanian Communities has been asked urgently to build 6 new toilets for the COCOBA leather tanning building - the lack of toilets has become a sanitation issue with so many women working there.  The cost is $12,800.

 This COCOBA woman shows off her leather goods.

This COCOBA woman shows off her leather goods.

By donating to www.fotzc.org today and choosing the “Health” option, you will help provide much-needed health-based facilities to Tanzanian communities, including these newly-required toilets for the COCOBA building.
 
As we celebrate World Health Day, please share a gift we so often take for granted. In addition to making  a community healthier, you’ll help its members keep learning, growing, and dreaming for a better tomorrow.

Your gift of clean water has ripple effects

In the western world, it’s so accessible you almost forget what a miracle it is, flowing out of taps in every building and every city. But in rural northern Tanzania clean water is a precious commodity, and far too many people have limited access to it.
 
Women and girls pay the toll for this life-giving necessity, often trekking hours each way to collect water that may not be safe to drink. The journey is dangerous, leaving them open to possible violence, and it keeps them from pursuing an education, entering the workforce, or otherwise gaining more independence. And of course, at the end of these arduous journeys, the water might be contaminated and result in devastating illnesses.

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You're making clean water a reality for thousands of Tanzanians.

Thanks to your donations, FoTZC has been able to drill six new boreholes in the most remote regions of northern Tanzania. Your generosity has given over 5,000 Maasai—in particular the girls and women previously tasked with water collection—the gift of better health and crucially, time. Time that these women are using to start small businesses and care for their children. Time that the girls can reclaim for schooling and studying. Time spent free from the worry and illness that was robbing them of opportunity every single day.
 
With your continued generosity through www.fotzc.org, we’ll give that gift to thousands more Tanzanians. At a cost of about $40,000 each, boreholes are a significant investment, but they pay huge dividends that ripple through entire communities. That’s why we’re committed to providing two new boreholes each year for the next several years.

Thanks to you, this World Water Day is refreshing and bright for thousands of Tanzanians. And with your continued generosity, we can spread that precious gift to countless more. 

http://www.fotzc.org/how-you-can-help/

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International Women's Day - Focus on Maasai Women in Tanzania

Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day and FoTZC would like to congratulate women all over the world for continuing to make great strides forward.  And congratulations to you, our donors, for supporting COCOBA, the economic development program that provides women with the skills and confidence to start and run their own businesses. 
 
You have invested in women who have received little prior education, who now see themselves as entrepreneurs and valuable members of their communities. This is powerful, as these women have had few opportunities for employment and have not seen themselves as having much impact in a patriarchal society.  Many of these COCOBA women now speak up and participate in decision-making,  especially on issues related to basic social needs.

The program is based on the principles of COmmunity COnservation BAnking, a microfinance method centered on conservation-minded businesses. The profits the women make are reinvested in the program and are used as loans for other women. These lending groups also have community health care funds and social funds to take care of those in extreme financial need.

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Because of you:

  • 234 Maasai women now manage their own environmentally-friendly businesses, up from only five before our COCOBA program started two years ago.
  • In the four initial groups started in 2016, the women have increased their group financial pools by more than 400%.
  • The women spend their profits on school fees, school uniforms, textbooks and supplies, food and medical care.
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On International Women’s Day, you can be proud of how you’ve contributed to changing the lives of these women. And as a member of our FoTZC family, please join us in celebrating the successes of these Maasai women and women worldwide.

Click here to support Focus on Tanzanian Communities.