Making friends across the globe.....
FOR JUST $16 A MONTH YOU COULD HELP ONE OF THESE KIDS GET AN EDUCATION! CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON AND MAKE YOUR RECURRING DONATION. IN THE NOTE AREA PLEASE WRITE "ST. ROSE SPONSOR". YOU WILL RECEIVE A THANK YOU AND A PHOTO OF YOUR SPONSORED CHILD.
I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mary Clare on my very first trip to Tanzania in 2006 when we traveled there to sing in a choir made up of people from across the US and Canada. We ended up being "roomies" ... and I was the lucky one. I soon found out she was a woman who was a straight talker and a laugh-a-minute. The first night we had to figure out how to make our beds with our mosquito nets and we both laughed so hard we cried. We shared many experiences on that first trip and found out we had a lot in common. We were both twins and we had both lost someone in our life that greatly impacted how we saw the world. Mary Clare missed her life partner, Joe, who sang with her in their church choir and I, my twin brother who I sang with in my church choir when we were younger. God had brought Mary Clare and I together on that trip and I am forever grateful to Him because we shared a bond and a special friendship that would last. When I told Mary Clare I was going to begin the charity Seeds of Hope Tanzania, she was my biggest cheerleader. When I felt lost and unsure about a direction to take, she encouraged me. She was truly one of a kind- she loved to sing and found God there, just as I did. I really miss my friend.
Mary Clare was a beloved and devoted choir member at St. Jerome's R.C.Church in Philadelphia. Her presence will be deeply missed by her fellow choir members. In her honor, the members have donated $650 to be used to feed the poorest of the poor in Tanzania. The people in Tanzania have been greatly impacted by COVID 19 and are experiencing starvation and sickness. There are severe food shortages at this time. The donation will be used to provide maize to the people living in the village of Engalaoni, Tanzania. Mary Clare and I often spoke about the work our charity did in this village. It is where we helped build "St. Joseph's Church" and where we have begun to dig a well.
We express our deepest sympathy to Michael , Kathleen, Karen and their families at this difficult time. Their mother, Mary Clare, left her mark of goodness on this world. I am grateful I was one of the people who had the opportunity to be a receiver of her goodness.
With love and gratitude,
Founder, Seeds of Hope Tanzania
To do great work, you need tools. Classrooms school supplies and books. Empty stomachs hurt. They break concentration and make the future seem impossible. Providing food and water is essential to creating health.
Plans for the third classroom are moving along well and we are grateful to Makalius Charles and Furaha Mangwangi for making the arrangements for the materials and workers to complete the installation of windows and doors in the classroom. It will be ready for use by April 2021 which is great because we have more new students who would like to attend. We are only able to provide for these students because of your generosity! please consider becoming a sponsor for one of the students...the cost is just $16 a month and each child gets 2 meals a day, which will most likely be their only meals that day for many of them. Here are just a few of the children who need a sponsor.....check out the education page to see more students in need
Maintaining healthy, happy environments is an important, and often neglected part of aid work. We work with local community organizers closely. Take a look at past and present projects to see how you can help.
This year will be a year not soon forgotten. We have lost many dear ones to COVID 19 and the struggle continues as we enter a new year. Our prayers are with all of you here in the states and in Tanzania as we work toward a time when we can say this pandemic is behind us. In the meantime, our friends in Tanzania struggle to provide even the barest necessities of life for their families...things like food, water and medical treatment. People have been left destitute and hungry.... That is why we are so grateful to the many volunteers, sponsors and friends who continue to contribute to our cause. You have truly made a difference this year. Here are just a few photos of a few of our accomplishments during the year 2020 thanks your unfailing love and support. We are grateful beyond measure!
Changes for St. Rose Academy!
We are working on a water project to provide the Sister' House and St. Rose Academy with running water. Right now we have only a sim tank that collects rainwater that we use for cooking and bathrooms. The lines for electricity are ready to be run as well! Exciting times!
Gifting Program...Want to give a gift in honor of a loved one that will mean the world to someone?
Our annual auction was postponed due to COVID. Masks for Education and HOPE bracelets are the new campaigns to raise funds. Our annual budget of 12K provides more than 60 students with an opportunity to get an education.
A Tribute to a Very Special Volunteer * Mary Clare McTigue
Thank you for your generosity throughout this last year during COVID
Our dream to have Sister overseeing our school isbeginning to become a reality! Thanks to the generous donation of Jim Linden, the Sisters House will soon be done. We are completing the kitchen, windows, doors and bathrooms this month and it will be move in ready by June! Having sister at the helm of St. Rose Academy will give all the students the best chance of getting a fine start in their education.
An education can change a life! Maasai girls are frequently forced into marriage by the age of 14. Our goal is to give children an opportunity to go to school by providing things like uniforms and school fees from elementary school through high school.
BUILDING A HOUSE FOR THE SISTERS
Work on the new well has begun in the remote village of Engalaoni. Please pray with us for this project to be a viable, dependable source of water for this desperate village of 450 families.
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Seeds of Hope Tanzania is dedicated to providing financial support to children, families and communities of Tanzania, East Africa, to overcome extreme poverty, with a particular focus on orphaned children there. Our focus lies on community efforts, including small-scale construction projects, shelter, food aid, community awareness, medical assistance and educational opportunities. We firmly believe it takes a village to raise a child and we work closely with our friends in Arusha, Tanzania to accomplish our mission!