Kent’s Tanzania Trip Report – Part 5

December 19, 2011  By: Gretchen

The final part of my visit to Tanzania focused on people and culture. More specifically, I met with the organizers and beneficiaries of AfricAid, a Denver and Tanzania based non-profit organization that provided educational and empowerment opportunities for girls in Tanzania.

Girls in Tanzania face a number of challenges, including a lack of access to educational opportunities and limited job prospects. In many ways, the odds are stacked against them culturally and financially. AfricAid aims to improve this situation with its KISA program, a 2-year fellowship where talented high school age girls receive support, mentoring and financial assistance. AfricAid also provides hot lunches to elementary school kids, teacher training, computers and more.

In Arusha, I was able to visit the modest AfricAid office and meet key employees like its country director, American Tait Flint, and Kisa Project Manager Anande Nnko, a Tanzanian. At Arusha Secondary School, I toured the schools AfricAid supported computer lab. But what was most moving was meeting some of the girls who are AfricAid KISA scholars. They had obviously benefited from the support of the program and have bright futures. For more info on AfricAid, visit www.africaid.com. If you are interested in seeing AfricAid yourself on a wonderful group safari, visit AfricAid’s Tanzania.  We also have a number of other philanthropic and cultural safaris on offer. Just visit www.africaadventur.staging.wpengine.com for more info.

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