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2nd Annual Uhuru for Education Charity Climb

A team for Greater Houston Community Foundation

  • $19,611
  • 117
  • 6

This campaign already ended. We hope you like the results!

$19,611 raised of $30,000

All proceeds from this climb will go towards running the new Tuleeni Orphanage Facility and Academy!!


name dollars donors


Campbell Swango

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb For Education

$10,715 54


Lauren Benshoof

Lauren's Uhuru for Education Charity Climb

$3,280 23


Allison Hanson

2nd Annual Uhuru for Education Charity Climb

$2,986 16


Destiny Arteaga

Destiny & Colt's Uhuru for Education Charity Climb

$2,010 19


Sarah Karp

Sarah's Uhuru for Education Charity Climb

$600 4


Mandy Stein

2nd Annual Uhuru for Education Kilimanjaro Climb!

$20 1

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Neema International is a non-profit organization that is committed to investing in the lives of East Africa’s promising youth through education and sustainable building projects. We are currently working with the Tuleeni Orphanage, which is home to nearly one hundred orphaned and or vulnerable children. Tuleeni is located in the remote village of Rau in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Mandy started working with the Tuleeni Orphans in 2011 while she was completing her degree at the University of Texas. Upon graduation in
 May 2013, she moved to Tanzania to live full time with the Tuleeni children. Since then, Mama Faraji, the Founder & mother of the Tuleeni Orphanage, and Mandy have worked tirelessly together to provide these children with everything they need to live successful and productive lives, the most important of these being a quality education. In 2011, Mandy began funding the Tuleeni Orphanage Extension Project in Kitandu village in Uru (about a fifteen minute drive from the current orphanage) with the plan of building a new home for Mama Faraji & the children that would also serve as an educational center for the village. Government schools in Tanzania are extremely overpopulated and understaffed, with student to teacher ratio often being as high as eighty-five to one. The combination of a poor learning environment with the schools’ lack of student and teacher resources has had a crippling effect on many government schooled children, often leaving them illiterate into their late teenage years. The lack of accessibility to quality schooling is especially apparent in Uru where there are more children in the streets than there are in classrooms learning. Neema International currently pays a large sum of money every year to send the Tuleeni Orphans to English Medium Private schools where small class size and teachers’ dedication and proficiency have allowed the kids to do beautifully--and then, while preparing for the 2015 school year, Mama asked Mandy why they were paying all this money to other schools to teach their children when the two of them could open their own school and not only educate the Tuleeni kids themselves, but also help get some of the children in Uru off the streets and supply them with the quality education they so deeply desire. All of the money raised through this Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb will be used to operate the New Tuleeni Orphanage Facility and Academy in Kitandu Village, Uru. We have spent months developing the curriculum and management plans for the school/new facility— it looks like we will be moving into the new orphanage in March or April 2016 and will open the school shortly after that. The school will be for children ages 1.5-6 years old… without Tuleeni Academy, these children would probably not start school until they are between the ages of 7-10 years old— and instead of attending a beautiful private school, they would instead wind up attending an extremely impoverished government primary school with overcrowded classrooms and little to no academic resources. Statistics have shown that it is these students that wind up failing or dropping out before they finish their primary school studies, usually around 14 years old (in 2013, only 33% of students completing Primary School went on to attend Secondary School— this left over 65% of the country’s children with no education after the age of 13 or 14 years old)— the absence of pre-primary schooling leaves these children lacking the academic foundation and readiness needed to succeed in their future schooling. And it is always the poorest children who wind up in this situation, which further contributes to the transmission of destitution from one generation to the next. We hope that by taking the poorest children in this remote village and putting them in the best school available, we will be able to start breaking down the cycle and be able to mold these children into strong students who will go on to be successful and productive members of their community. In Swahili, Uhuru, which is the name of Mt. Kilimanjaro's Peak, means "freedom". For many children who live in impoverished regions, education IS freedom, for it is their key to a successful and productive future. Join us in our "Uhuru for Education" climb to help give these children the education and future they deserve! Neema International has received fiscal sponsorship from the Greater Houston Community Foundation, 501c3 certified organization, making your donations 100% tax deductible. Mama Faraji and Mandy believe that educating the youth of today can change the world for the youth of tomorrow—they don’t see their work as a charitable endeavour but instead as an investment in the future of this great country and its people. Any donation, no matter what the size, is GREATLY appreciated!! Every penny counts!!!

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Allison Hanson Allison Hanson