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This fundraiser ended on 12/17/12

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Uniting to raise money to help the schools and orphanages in Arusha, Tanzania.

I will be spending six weeks volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania between a school and an orphanage in underprivileged areas where they do not have the staff or supplies to fully operate. There I will be teaching English and visiting with orphans who have no parents to care for them. In Tanzania, 80% of the population live under the international poverty line, less than $1.25 a day. Most of the children I will be working with are orphaned or their mothers are widowed from HIV and/or other illnesses. Many of the children are malnourished and attend school solely because they depend on the one meal, porridge, which they receive there because there are no meals at home. You can imagine that not only do the schools/orphanages lack supplies for the children that we are so accustomed to, but they are surrounded by blank, concrete walls that do not evoke any type of happiness or creativity.

With your help, the money we raise will help to provide a meal that provides nutrition and fulfillment for the children. We will also be able to buy more school supplies, both for individual and school use so that the kids will be able to do projects they never thought they could do; projects that bring happiness and spark creativity to decorate their walls with art and school work. With your help, I am hoping to leave Tanzania making a bigger difference than I could do on my own, a difference not only leaving a handprint of mine, but of yours also.
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