What We Do
Lalafofofo’s service projects in rural Kilimanjaro are balanced between aid and sustainability. Meeting children’s life-sustaining needs is the first priority. Our aid programs address serious hunger and malnutrition in schools, which affect children’s ability to grow, think and learn. We are currently helping to feed breakfast and lunch to more than 1,000 students during the school year. At the same time, promoting long-term independence is equally important. From building essential school facilities (bathrooms, kitchens, water tanks), to planting vegetable gardens and distributing solar lanterns so that children can do their homework at night, Lalafofofo’s sustainable projects have been carefully selected for their long-term potential for impact and partnership in the community.
American youth and families participate in service projects in rural Kilimanjaro through the process of “micro-grants.” Whether it is raising money for solar lanterns in villages in Kilimanjaro, or to buy 50 pounds of ugali and maharage (corn and beans) to be cooked for school lunches, American youth are directly involved with the implementation and execution of service projects in rural Tanzania. Through this remote participation in the process of providing development aid in the form of service projects, American youth learn about the intricacies of international development.
How We Do It
We are committed to the on-going learning of all stakeholders in the Lalafofofo family. Whether we are donors, youth, parents, collaborators in Tanzania, or families in America, we are dedicated to ensure that our development delivery process is transparent, inclusive, respectful, and patient as we, together, navigate the immensely complex terrain of development aid.
We do this by working directly with village elders and community-based organizations in Moshi, Tanzania to identify, implement and complete projects. Lalafofofo serves as facilitator, project manager and service provider for most of the projects between rural Tanzania and the U.S. by having staff on the ground in both locations.