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Ahead- Inc., since its inception about 30 years ago, both Elvira and Irving Williams has been working tirelessly to make the lives of many Tanzanian more dignified. Through education, health care and medicine, agricultural training they have empowered numerous people to control their daily lives. I have seen their works in my homeland Tanzania (Kisarawe). The approach and philosophy of Ahead-Tanzania resonate well with the local community. They teach the people on how to “fish” rather than providing them with a ready-made “fish”. People feel much more empowered with education (skills and job training training), new methods of farming, and prevention of AIDS/HIV. The volunteers from USA through Ahead to Kisarawe in Tanzania bring a powerful message on the level of socio-political intercultural amalgamation. Kisarawe is a Coast area of Dar Es Salaam with much influence of Islam culture. Through Ahead-Tanzania the people along the coast realizes what people of USA stands for. People realize that we are one in the human race, and therefore we have to care each other. Ahead-Tanzania is above all political bias in the hearts of the people in Tanzania.
I am personally familiar with AHEAD Inc. and have been for approximately 6 years now. This Maryland US based nonprofit organization was founded in 1981 by Dr Irving and Elvira Williams, an extraordinary husband and wife team who had a vision. They wanted to improve the health, education, etc. of rural communities in Tanzania and the Gambia in Africa. They risked it all and moved to Tanzania and lived there with their children for many years and now travel back and forth to Africa to continue their program along with staff and volunteers. They focus on improving immunization rates and access to medical care in rural communities, clean drinking water and education. As an active supporter and friend of the Williams' I have learned all about AHEAD and its wonderful work. My daughter and my mother in law were part of a group of volunteers from Maryland who traveled to Tanzania and worked with Ahead staff two years ago. They witnessed incredible poverty and limited access to what we consider a basic standard of living. They reported that they were totally impressed with the work being done by AHEAD and its hands on focus on vocational training and educating of girls and improving medical care. A few years ago AHEAD supplied specially equipped ambulances to a village to transport pregnant women to the hospital. Ahead sees a discrete need and addresses it. It is a small organization that operates on a limited budget, but they are making a significant positive difference in the lives of countless folks in Africa, and they have been doing so for 30 years!