When Barbara and I heard of GO Campaign and their commitment to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world we knew we had to get involved and hope you feel the same way. As many of you know, Barbara was a passionate supporter of Kilimahewa Women and Orphan Center for Education (KIWOCE) in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. Even in her last months, Barbara made the most of her time and we volunteered together there, spending our time with Local Hero Grace Lyimo and learned about the work she is doing in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania.
Grace Lyimo is known as “Mama Grace” in the village of Kilimahewa, Tanzania. A trained nurse, community health worker and former Peace Corps staff, Mama Grace is a longtime advocate for impoverished families and those struggling with disabilities in Kilimahewa and the surrounding villages. She is the founder and coordinator of Kilimahewa Women and Orphan Center for Education (KIWOCE). KIWOCE is a story of a shared community vision to address the issues of widespread poverty, malaria, and lack of opportunity available to youth in the area. It started with humble beginnings: created by 16 women meeting weekly to contribute a small amount of money to support each other during difficult times.
Now, Grace continues to spearhead KIWOCE and provides at-risk and impoverished youth with the opportunity to obtain an education and vocational skills training, giving them the tools they need to succeed in life. The center serves the needs of over 100 families whose children lack the ability to attend formal education. It provides these students with opportunities to develop their English and math skills, life skills & vocational training, computer training, and for some, the option of achieving their high school equivalency. The center also serves as a location for community water, a community library and a community gathering space for educational purposes. Though one of the poorest countries in the world, it is rich in culture and human spirit and a desire for its children to have opportunities for a better life.
Today, in an effort to support Mama grace and her incredible work at KIWOCE, we will be fundraising for the Barbara Bennett and Michael Chapman Scholarship Fund at Kilimahewa. This incredible scholarship fund will help support at-risk and impoverished youth during their time at KIWOCE, giving them the tools they need to succeed in life and become self-reliant.
I hope you will join with us to make this dream a reality. By donating, any amount, no matter what size, you can make a big impact to a child’s life and the lives of their family.
– Michael Chapman