Her story began a few years ago when her good friend, Jessica, volunteered at a school in Arusha, Tanzania. Jessica’s stories inspired Alison, who said, “Like so many of us, I have always wanted to help improve the lives of less fortunate children. I just didn’t know how.”
Jessica connected Alison with her friend, Rob, who lives in Arusha, Tanzania and shares Alison’s passion. He wanted to help the children in his community, but needed financial support. Alison had the financial support, thanks to friends and family, but needed someone in Arusha to put it all into action. According to Alison, “We were a perfect match of like-minds.” And so, in June of 2010, the Mom2Mom Canada-Africa initiative was born!
In just six months, thanks to the generosity of many friends and family, Alison has collected sufficient funds to pay the school, uniform and lunch fees of nine primary school children and two female secondary school students in Arusha, Tanzania. Being a long-time resident of Arusha, Rob knows of many deserving children and is able to provide Alison with their family history and financial situation. Together they choose the children to sponsor. No administration fees are involved at all!
One unique component of the initiative is their pen pal program. Each child that is sponsored in school is matched with a Canadian “pen pal” so that the children can learn about each other through letters. What better way for a Canadian child to truly appreciate how fortunate they are to attend school!
How does Kindermusik fit in?
Kindermusik International is giving away five, $1000 grants to five individuals who want to help children get off to a good beginning. The top five will be chosen by everyone who votes on a special webpage set up just for this contest (see below). You can vote for your favorite idea 10 times in a row within each 24 hour period. Voting ends on February 9, 2011.
“I would greatly appreciate your vote. I can assure you that the Kindermusik Good Beginnings Grant would make a huge difference in the lives of children in Tanzania. In fact, without a doubt, it will entirely change their future! Education gives children opportunity, and opportunity is something every child deserves. The benefits of my initiative are two fold, namely (1) less fortunate children will be provided with the opportunity to attend school thereby significantly improving their quality of life, and (2) Canadian children will learn first-hand about the rich culture of Africa, as well as unfortunate hardships that many African children face on a daily basis. I hope the success I have demonstrated over the past six months will convince you that the Kindermusik Good Beginnings Grant funds will be put to great use.”
To learn more, visit…
Mom2Mom’s Facebook Page
To vote for Mom2Mom Canada-Africa, click here.