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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

Mission: The mission of GRA is to bring hope, joy and abundance to the world’s most impoverished regions. By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community based organizations we seek to promote natural, holistic and sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease.

Results: What We Did in 2009: Water Resource Development * Drilled 31 successful boreholes (and installed top quality Dutch-made hand pumps) in villages lacking access to clean, safe water.  All of the boreholes are drilled deep into bedrock where high quality water can be found running through fractures and fissures protected from surface contamination by many meters of impermeable rock.  Each well serves about 500 people. * Trained village water user councils how to care for and maintain each well and provided continued training for Tanzanian crew members in the art and science of locating and drilling hard-rock, primary water wells. Support for Orphans * Funded rent, food, teacher’s salaries and health care expenses for 250 orphans attending Ukombozi Nursery School in Musoma, Tanzania.  This is GRA’s 4th year of continuous support. * Continued to support all 75 orphans in Kinesi Village through a project run locally by Uvimaki Rural Development Assoc.  In December, we begin a year-long project to get the families involved in the design and implementation of a permaculture garden that will provide food for all 75 families, making the project more locally self-sustaining. * Completed the 7th year of support for the Tumaini kwa Watoto program that provides 40 orphans living with foster families in the Musoma area food, healthcare, school supplies, clothes and weekly activities at the GRA-Tz office compound. * Hosted the 6th annual Serengeti Safari in October for eight kids from the Tumaini kwa Watoto program and eight from the Kinesi Village orphans project.  We were joined by two volunteers from the US, and one from Ireland.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to experience Tanzania’s amazing natural heritage first hand.  It’s also a great opportunity for ourselves and local GRA staff to have a great adventure and a lot of fun.  Microfinance * Continued to train local microfinance managers in computerized accounting and reporting procedures to maximize organizational efficiency. * Made two low interest loans of $10,000 each to local microfinance organizations to help meet the rising demand of rural entrepreneurs for small business loans as they continue to work their way out of poverty.  Malaria Prevention and Treatment * Continued to promote and subsidize the distribution of homeopathic neem tincture for the prevention of malaria – Lake Victoria region’s #1 health problem.  A total of 21 villages have now been trained to produce this invaluable remedy, and thousands have benefited. * Introduced about 20 groups to the use of the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) to treat malaria and other diseases with incredible results. Following the MMS protocol hundreds of children and adults have been treated and recovered 100% from malaria in just one or two days. * Initiated a scientific research study on the effectiveness of neem for the prevention of malaria. This trial study will be conducted and implemented during the next two years in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania and a local doctor in the Musoma area. Permaculture * Funded the continued development of two permaculture demonstration plots, one in Kinesi Village and the other at the GRA-Tz offices in Musoma.  This work is carried out by enthusiastic local GRA staff and several international volunteers. * Started a project to develop a 10 acre permaculture garden to feed 75 families caring for orphans in Kinesi village. The families will receive training in permaculture and have access to a piece of land to grow their own vegetables. Solar Cooking * Trained more than 300 people in Solar Cooking to prevent indoor fires and deforestation in the course of ten workshops. * Provide two rounds of training for 30 certified solar cooking teachers, many of whom are now engaged in providing solar cooking classes to their communities. * Sold, at cost, over 200 solar cookers and have materials for 800 more solar cook kits to be distributed in the near future. These kits can be used to cook food as well as pasteurize water. Education * Awarded just under $7,000 in university scholarships and laptop computers, including the Bernard & Ethel Achterhof and Robert & Gertrude Muir Scholarship for the outstanding student of the year from the Buhare Community Development Training Institute in Musoma. * Provided over 30 secondary school, vocational school and community college scholarships to students formerly in the Tumaini kwa Watoto program so that each can continue their education to the extent their aspiration and talents carry them and to help them achieve a meaningful and productive life. * Continued to fund courses in permaculture, tutoring, solar cooking, carpentry and tailoring at the Peoples Educating Group – a small grassroots organization that provides practical, free training to local residents in the Nyasho district of Musoma.

Target demographics: Residents of the Mara Region of Tanzania. Income of less than fifty cents a day. Rural residents. Vulnerable women and children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18,000

Geographic areas served: Mara Region of Tanzania

Programs: In cooperation with local, community based organizations, Global Resource Alliance pursues a natural, holistic and sustainable approach to poverty in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania. We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions. Our programs include educational grants, the promotion of microfinance, water resource development, permaculture & organic gardening, malaria prevention, alternative health, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevention, alternative energy, sustainable building and direct assistance to vulnerable populations like orphans and the elderly. Visit our website, www.globalresourcealliance.org, to get more information about our programs.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year through Global Resource Alliance I was able to fund a greatly needed bore hole in Nyakatende, Tanzania. This could not have been accomplished without the leadership of Tara and Lyn and Global Resource Alliance.

In addition an invitation from GRA through Tara will help poor women of Kitenga, Tanzania, learn aspects of permaculture gardening to help them successfully grow food crops--a first step toward establishing a restaurant to provide food for patients who will be attending the Kitenga clinic when it opens.

Thank you for making meaningful connections for groups I am trying to support. Rose Willmann

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the expert and timely help of Tara Blasco and Global Resource Alliance staff in Musoma, Tanzania, I was able to organize and sponsor a solar cooking class. Thirty women from the villages of Nyegina and Kitenga, Tanzania, received 3 days of training in the use and construction of solar cookits. Trained participants have further helped two additional groups of women learn solar cooking. These women received free solar cooking materials which I funded. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of GRA. Now we are planning the drilling of a borehole in Nyakatende, Tanzania.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've met Tara and Lyn -- two key persons in GRA -- and I've been awed by the spirit and power they demonstrate in this work of providing resources for the poor in another country. They show no evidence of self-serving interests nor separatism from others in our world, but rather they display strong evidence of coming together, as one, with all others, giving their creativity in providing resources to meet the needs of all, as common citizens and stewards of the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GRA is a remarkable organization with remarkable people, people that I've seen with my own eyes making a real difference in the day-to-day lives of people in one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the planet. Their understanding of local needs and their deep cooperation with local individuals, families, and groups is fundamental to their ability to effect real change from the ground up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known the Principals of GRA for over a decade. Their work is astounding! When I first saw their raw video footage of a dusty world and people in desperate need of water, I knew I had to help. I have posted over 10 GRA videos on YouTube describing the various projects that this Soul driven group has initiated. Every year, I see astounding new video footage emerging from their hands-on management of the work in Tanzania. As of this writing, I am preparing their next video presentation to the GRA Donor Group. I encourage you to also realize the acute need for clean water and sustainable agricultural practice education (Perma-Culture), in these arid areas of the world. Tara & Lyn and their volunteer staff & associates have sown the seed of enlightened change through the many accomplishments evident in the GRA Portfolio of Projects. How can you help? Mar Sorell GRA Volunteer Video Editor Los Angeles, California

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Donor

Rating: 5

GRA is the most honest group of people you will ever give your donations too. It will direcly help those in need by giving them the tools to suceed on their own. GRA is not just providing a band-aid.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known the founder/director of Global Resource Alliance, Lyndon R. Hebenstreit, for over thirty years and can vouch for his dedication, hard work and integrity. I also know most of the Board Members and volunteer staff. Their lives are dedicated to the purpose of the organization: "bringing hope, joy and abundance to the world's most impoverished regions."

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the approximately 10 years that GRA has been in existence it has grown from an organization focused on educational assistance for aids orphans to an incredibly extensive and impressive community development organization. GRA now has projects as diverse as production of earthen bricks for home construction; drilling operations to establish new clean water wells; creation of permaculture gardens, and innovative treatments for malaria. GRA is flourishing through the combined efforts of its dedicated staff, the local population of the Mara region in Tanzanie and enthusiastic volunteers from all over the world, many of whom have unique talents and expertise. GRA also has a fantastic web site which provides lots of very accessible and interesting information and photos, to show and tell the many ways in which GRA is researching and applying innovative techniques old and new to create an environmentally sustainable community in which the local population is able to sustain itself. With so many environmental and economic challenges facing the world GRA provides both insight into possible solutions and an inspirational vision of people actually solving these problems.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GRA has been exceptionally successfull in supplying loans to local women to start local businesses and give them and their families income. Exceptionally successfull too has been their drilling for clean water wells and provision of this water to the local population. With the tenth of other activities GRA has made an enormeous improvement in living conditions for thousands of people in Musoma and surroundings!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I helped with the audio portion (I did voice overs) of promotional videos. I put on a fund raiser, created donation opportunties, and volunteered in Africa.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended gatherings and talks put on by the Global Resource Alliance where I have learned only part of what it is they do to benefit the world. Global Resource Alliance has done a lot of amazing work in Tanzania including giving men, women, and children access to clean water. Along with that huge task, G.R.A has also been helping to control malaria using natural methods. I appreciate that they are working on empowering the local Tanzanians to create a better life for their communities.