Since 2010, we envisioned building an organization to serve the community of Bagamoyo, working alongside local Tanzanians who lead the efforts. My moto has always been "with, not for." This approach has served The Sasamani Foundation well over the last seven years. We did not rush in and insist upon doing things "our way." We spent the first two years researching the challenges and opportunities within the community to understand where our efforts were most necessary and would yield the most impact. In 2017, our methodology paid off as we saw many of our original visions become a reality.
In 2017 Sasamani has grown significantly, nearly doubling the number of sponsorship students, kicking off a successful manufacturing pilot, and building a Women Leading Change curriculum in partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, scheduled to begin the week of March 12, 2018. Our goals for 2018 include continued expansion of the manufacturing program to include the purchase or rent of a community space, expanding upon the great work of our education program to incorporate meaningful development experiences for students, and building the processes and sources of funding for a Women Leading Change program that is sustainable and Tanzanian-led. I am thrilled with how Sasamani has evolved and look forward to working together to achieve our goals for 2018. I am grateful for the support and involvement of our donors. Without their generosity, none of Sasamani's progress and impact would be possible.
Founder, The Sasamani Foundation