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Neema International's Uhuru for Education Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

A team for Greater Houston Community Foundation

  • $21,244
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This campaign already ended. We hope you like the results!

$21,244 raised of $30,000
($18,394 online, $2,850 offline)

All climb proceeds go towards the construction of the new Tuleeni Orphanage Facility & English Medium Private School in Uru, Tanzania.

Team Members

name dollars donors


Alice Ford

Neema International's 'Uhuru For Education' Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb!

$0 1


Ben Spier

Neema International Kilimanjaro Fundraiser-Ben Spier

$0 0


Katherine Kuntz

Neema International's "Uhuru For Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

$1,830 20


Koby Moses

Neema International "Uhuru For Education" Mount Kiimanjaro Charity Climb

$1,432 11


Lauren, Evan, and Jekka

Neema International "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$0 2


Leslie Mitchell

Neema International's "Uhuru for Education" Mt. Kilimnajaro Charity Climb June 7th-June 13th, 2015

$2,318 22


Lindsey, Paul, Lee, Kate, Dan Michaels and Alex Floethe

Neema International "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$6,243 52


Mandy Stein

Neema International's "Uhuru for Education" Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb!!

$2,095 10


Mandy Stein

Neema International "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$0 0


Nicola West

Neema International's "Uhuru for Education" Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb June 7th-June 13th, 2015

$290 4


Phil Cohen

Neema International "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$6,986 78


Sarah Taarning

Neema International "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$150 5


Viveka Bhandari

Neema International's "Uhuru for Education" Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

$100 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. Neema International is 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.

Founder & Executive Director Mandy Stein started working with the Tuleeni Orphans in 2011 while she was completing her degree at the University of Texas. Upon graduation in
 May 2013, Mandy moved to Tanzania to live full time with
the Tuleeni children whom she had grown to love as her own. Since then, she and Mama Faraji, the Founder & mother of the Tuleeni Orphanage, 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.

"The region in Tanzania which we live in is far from the worst. However, every single person here is fighting a battle that few of us from the developed world can compre- hend. Many orphans we serve were conceived when their mothers were raped. Others were born with HIV and are fighting to survive every day. Many of the girls here were sold into marriage before the age of 10, and then forced to have children with their new, often far older, husbands. These same girls were denied an education and now, even in their late teens, do not know how to read or write. Still other children in our village are unable to go to school because they cannot afford both their HIV medication and school tuition. These children didn’t have any control over their current situation. They didn’t have some lapse in judgment or make a poor decision that resulted in their tragic circum- stances. They were simply born into this world and dealt this hand of cards. They are stuck in a crushing cycle of poverty that will continue on for generations to come – unless someone does something to stop it." -- Mandy Stein

Upon meeting these children 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 complete the construction of the new Tuleeni Orphanage Facility that will include an English Medium Private School for the Children in Kitandu Village, Uru.

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.

Mandy and Mama Faraji 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. The zeal and fire within these two remarkable women has the potential to ignite something much larger around them

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