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Benefit Concert for Martha's Scholarship Fund

It's a bit of a trek for us here in the Bay Area, but one of our JEC students Justine Bourgois is holding a benefit concert next Saturday, October 21st, just outside of Brussels, Belgium.

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.

Asante sana!

Lalafofofo has been raising money to help fund Martha's secondary school education.

Lalafofofo has been raising money to help fund Martha's secondary school education.

Martha, center, smiles during her Standard 7 class at Mlima Shabaha School.

Martha, center, smiles during her Standard 7 class at Mlima Shabaha School.

Coming in 2018: Lalafofofo’s “Craft Cycle”

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.