Naomi, 17, speaks about what made working with Maasai students so special. To support these communities in Tanzania, join us for our spring concert fundraiser this Sunday in the Bay Area: https://teenzrockfortanzania.eventbrite.com
Our JEC students were featured in our local print-only Atherton Living magazine this month!
Proceeds from the concert will go towards an educational scholarship program for one of our Mlima Shabaha students in Tanzania, Martha. Spread the word to any of your friends in the area, or consider making a donation directly to Martha's scholarship fund via the Donate page of this site.
Save the date for our exciting spring event!
Teenz Rock for Tanzania
Sunday, April 22, 2018
An exciting new program called the Tanzanian Maasai Women’s “Craft Cycle” is being launched by Lalafofofo this Winter, 2018. Created by a community of skilled craftswomen from a Maasai tribe living west of Kilimanjaro is a line of intricately beaded jewelry and crafts.
Beading has been a part of the traditional Maasai culture for women for over a century. Although these women are highly skilled, they are living on less than $2 per day, and are married by age 14 instead of finishing secondary school.
The “Craft Cycle” honors their traditions while providing these women with steady employment to break the cycle of poverty. Proceeds from the sales of these items in Western Countries go directly back to these women in Tanzania.
“Light Up Tanzania” A Solar Lantern Campaign: With your help, we can purchase solar-powered lantern lights in-country to support the Tanzanian economy, and greatly improve living conditions for those living in the ”bush” in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.
Thanks to Lalafofofo JEC member Naomi Zimmerman, Lalafofofo staff members Justin and Gaudy Mtunga and Abraham Molel, and Lalafofofo advocate n Moshi Anne Street, construction of a new house was completed in April, 2017 for Maasai widow Rose Isaya Palanjo, her two sons Logwasa and Israeli, and her daughter Margaret in the Tanzanian Bush near Boma Ng’ombe.
In the Tanzania bush, like most of sub-Saharan Africa, two out of every three people have no access to electricity. They call it energy poverty, and it is handicapping economic development in a region already gripped by poverty.