VENTURING BEYOND TO SERVE THOSE IN GREATEST NEED A Brief Update from Unite the world with africa foundation

When faced with the extreme and widespread challenges of the day, there is only one way forward: We must UNITE. We must band together and cross borders both seen and unseen. As we watch the escalating suffering in nearly every corner of our world, we must ask ourselves: "What would love do?" and then...

We must act.

Last month I returned home from Tanzania where my team and I worked to advance Unite's mission to serve, educate & empower orphaned and impoverished youth, helping them to break free from the chains of extreme poverty, become self-sufficient & maximize their potentials. Our goal is always not to create dependency but instead to create opportunities & foster independence.

To that end, we have now successfully completed the build out of the St. Joseph's Orphans Center and Heaven Pre & Primary School and can focus completely on our deep and sustained investments in the youth themselves. Today, the 5+-acre St. Joseph's & Heaven School campus is a protected, clean, comfortable, healthy and joy-filled environment that has been fully equipped by Unite to meet the comprehensive needs of the 75+ children and staff who live there. Our most recent, and final, project was the installation of a computer lab in the Heaven School Library, a gift made possible, in part, by Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Our sincerest thanks to each and everyone of you who have supported our dozens of capital campaigns over the last five years to make this successful completion possible! And of course we are endlessly grateful to those of you who continue sponsor the children, helping to provide for their health and educational needs. Asante sana!

The new Heaven School computer lab is providing unique and advanced learning opportunities for the children St. Joseph's and nearly 200 students coming from surrounding villages.


Unite's is now working to expand our Unite Scholars & Mentorship Program, which is designed to help break the vicious cycle of poverty, oppression & wasted human potential by empowering uniquely talented-yet-impoverished teens and young adults with access to quality higher education & mentorship programs. Through our extended global network, we are currently scouring Tanzania to identify and closely vet scholars who can meet our strict admissions criteria.

See a few of our most recent additions to the program below.

Lisa Michael, 17 lives in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, with her elderly grandparents. Lisa finished primary school earning all As. In lower secondary school, she joined the Apps & Girls computer club, taught herself how to code, and developed her own website and App called SmartShamba (www.smartshamba.co.tz). “My grandparents are my heros. They have supported me through their small-scale farming efforts, and I have witnessed so many of the challenges they have faced, including suffering extensive losses due to poor and unimproved agriculture techniques. I want to help improve their lives, which is why I developed SmartShamba.” Due to Lisa’s extraordinary talents, in 2017 she was chosen to represent Tanzania in Washington DC in a Global Robotics Competition. Lisa earned Division 1 on the Form 4 National Exam and dreams of becoming a scientist who "creates inventions to change the world.”
Furaha Ngowi, 18, lives in the Kilimanjaro region of Northern Tanzania with her parents who work as small-scale subsistence farmers. Furaha completed lower secondary ranking 1st among her 88 classmates, and she was the only student in her village district to score Division 1 on the Form 4 National Exam. As a child Furaha was consistently very ill, and she says that for years she was given many medicines from local healers that "never helped and often harmed." Furaha's dream is to continue her schooling and one day become a pharmacist to help sick people receive proper and effective treatment.
David Sichone, 17, is from the Iringa region of Southern Tanzania. His father and mother both have jobs; however, their take-home pay is not enough to cover rent, food, clothing, and basic care needs for David and his two brothers so they cannot afford to send David for further education. David finished primary school with all As and earned Division 1 on his Form 4 National Exam, scoring so well that he was ranked in the top 10 of ALL Form 4 students across the entire country of Tanzania. David’s dream is to study medicine and specialize in orthopedics.
Gloria Dickson, 17, lives with her mother, father, sisters and brother in the Mbeya district of Southern Tanzania. During primary school Gloria developed a love of Mathematics and finished top of her class. In lower secondary school, she developed a love of Chemistry, Biology and Physics and joined the Young Scientists Organization. Gloria finished Form 4 ranking #1 in her class and earned Division 1 on the Form 4 National Exam. She received awards for being the "Most Self-Motivated Student" and #1 in Mathematics and Physics. Gloria dreams of becoming an OB/GYN to help prevent the needless death and suffering of women during childbirth.
Iqram Abdul, 18, lives in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, with his siblings and elderly grandmother. Iqram completed his primary education scoring Division 1, and he graduated from lower secondary school as one of four students (out of 208) to earn Division 1 on the Form 4 National Exam. Over the years, many of Iqram’s teachers have recognized his talents--as well as his extreme challenges at home--and they have taken him in so he could be safe, properly clothed, well fed and free to study. Iqram says that it is because of the kindness of these teachers that he survived. Iqram dreams of becoming either a pilot or an aircraft engineer. He says: “I hope that one day I can earn enough money to help my family.”
Zainabu Seiph, 19, lives in the Kigoma region of Western Tanzania with her mother and father (who works as a fisherman on Lake Tanganyika), two sisters and five brothers. She is the only one in her family to have been born with albinism, a rare genetic, noncontagious condition that reduces the amount of melanin in the skin, eyes and hair. In certain rural areas of Tanzania where witchcraft is still commonplace, albinos are, at best, ostracized due to the belief that they are “devil people,” and, at worst, hunted and killed for their body parts, which are then used by witchdoctors to create potions that are said to "cure illnesses and bring great wealth." As a result, albinos in Tanzania live in constant fear. For lower secondary, Zainabu's parents sent her to the Tabora Girls School, which is designated by the Tanzanian government as a "safe school" for albinos and children with disabilities. Zainabu scored Division 1 on her Form 4 National Exam, and she dreams of becoming a doctor. "I want to show the world that nothing is impossible and that that we (albinos) can do anything that 'normal' people can do. Thank you for this golden opportunity.”

PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO HELP MORE SCHOLARS like Lisa, Furaha, David, Gloria, Iqram & Zainabu get the opportunities they so deserve.

The average cost of sponsoring a Unite Scholar through A Levels at a quality government school is $1,200 a year. We welcome partial & full sponsorships as well as contributions of any size.




Cover photo & lion photo by Unite teammate Kim Crosby.

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