Building Bridges in Tuvaila

One of our latest recipients is Tuvaila. Located in the Maji Ya Chai Ward, The Tuvaila Primary School is the largest in the area with 1280 students from kindergarten through the 7th grade. 80 of the students are special needs.   Maji Ya Chai in Swahili means “water like tea”. The children in this area walk through life thinking they are unknown to the world. But if you...

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YOU GAVE, WE GREW

This year, we helped 37,000 people celebrate the rain and its ability to create an incredibly abundant life. In 10 new villages, 374 rainwater tanks, both large and small, were built and are now full of clean water. Alongside of them, food gardens are blooming. There is clean water to drink and green veggies to eat.   Our Tanzania team grew to 147 people strong. We took down...

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GLORY SMILES

Glory’s husband died because he was struck by a car in the middle of the night. His body was found in the morning, decimated by wildlife. When we met Glory and her son Fredrick, the depression that surrounded them was palpable. Some tragedies are simply too much for the heart to withstand. But the woman standing before us is lighter; and though she still struggles to...

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BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE

Pale yellow kernels of corn fly like confetti, as John Anaeli pushes his thumb along the dried rows of the cob. He sits on a small wooden stool on top of a white plastic tarp with small mountains of kernels that took hours to form. One kernel hits John in the eye and a broad smile stretches across his face, as his brother, Elisante, rolls with...

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HIDDEN NO MORE

Debora’s grandmother, Bibi in Swahili, gathers water from the pipe a few hundred yards away from  their home. The water is green. Not clean enough to drink or cook with, but is used to wash clothes, which Debora does several times a day. Bibi is 59 and has been the sole caregiver for Debora since she was 3 years-old as well as two of her other...

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Diana

Diana Peter’s core principals are simple. But not effortless. “If you want to benefit,” she said, “you have to do your work from your heart. You don’t do it just because you need money. It needs to come from your heart.” As a manager for Save the Rain, she teaches women how to mix concrete, how to smooth out plaster, how to mold chicken wire. How to dig a...

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Joseph

We’re driving down the dirt road, body jerking left and right, I’m trying my best not to smack my head against the window.  Joseph, the co-director of Save the Rain, is laughing as we hit each bump. To the right, Mt. Kilimanjaro stands tall and proud. To the left is Mt. Meru, a regal reminder of the significant beauty of this part of the world. Maasai...

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THE PATH OF THE HERD

She followed the elephants. She walked in the herd’s path. She carried her life with her. Omega Mevaashi found her new home along the way. It was “a big land,” she said, with big trees and big animals. Everything was big because everything could grow. The ground was rich. The rains fell.   More and more people followed the elephants, followed Omega. They brought more and more cows....

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LAST YEAR IN REVIEW

We have been working in the Kingori Ward in Northern Tanzania since 2013. All 14 villages in the ward have received assistance because of a very determined woman named Felista. She walked to our office on 3 separate occasions asking for help for the children of her area – a trek that takes us 1.5 hours to drive. On the day we arrived to assess the...

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THE FIRST RECEIVER

Violeth is a born fighter. Literally, she was born with both of her hands in a tight fisted position. It was not until she was a toddler that her fingers could finally move freely. But her thumbs did not. Skin inevitably grew over the thumbs trapping them against her palms. Often her parents would find dirt and small bugs trapped in her hands because she could...

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