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The Olevolos Project: Developing Young Leaders in Tanzania

Dory Gannes is director of the Olevolos Project, which helps orphans and disadvantaged children in Tanzania. The Project’s website states that, founded in 2007, it seeks “to create educational opportunities for disadvantaged children from the Olevolos Village in Tanzania, Africa. Our mission is to develop young leaders through formal schooling, tutoring programs, and extra-curricular activities. Because we aim to improve access and equality to education, we pay for all the expenses for students who are unable. Given that many of these kids lack proper nutritional meals, we have developed a school-feeding program. …

“Engagement with the local community is a defining part of our project. Understanding the importance of this engagement, we work closely with the District Commissioner, Village Council, and village people to leverage goals and maximize impact in the community. Because of this, they are incorporated into every aspect of our programming. Villagers volunteer at the site, join us in parent meetings, and sit on our advisory board. We believe the ultimate success of the project lies in the hands of the Olevolos people.”

Go to the Olevolos Project’s website to glimpse the novel ways others have contributed and to get good ideas on how you can help this non-profit achieve its mission.

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