Please honor Eliza and Ian for their wedding by helping FoTZC build additional staff housing at the Sukenya Dispensary!

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Focus on Tanzanian Communities
c/o Thomson Safaris
14 Mount Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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History of the Dispensary

Eliza worked on the dispensary project from inception to opening – it took six years to bring this dream to life, and it was a dream. It all started in a meeting with some Maasai women in 2010. They were selling jewelry and Eliza asked what they were saving their money for. Their reply – a dispensary. She was afraid that, like many places in Tanzania, they would manage to construct a small building with a “Dispensary” sign on it, but that the facility would not be staffed or ever really open. She focused her coursework for her Master of Public Health on this project, and with FoTZC, raised the funds to build the initial dispensary building, staff housing, and other nearby structures – the biggest project in FoTZC’s history. The dispensary officially opened in May, 2015.

Today, the three staff at the Dispensary see an average of 500 patients per month. Women are giving birth with medical support, children are receiving prompt medical care, and no one in the community has to walk 13 miles one way to reach a medical facility. The dispensary has been so successful that the government wants to add medical staff, and they have asked FoTZC to build housing for these new staff. The new housing will cost approximately $50,000, and Eliza and Ian are excited to support this effort as part of their wedding celebration. Thank you for your support!

Focus on Tanzanian Communities, Inc. is a public charity registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We receive pro bono legal assistance from the Boston law firm of Wilmer Hale, LLP.