November 30, 2012
MANY LIVES, LITERALLY, HAVE BEEN SAVED, AND MANY MORE TRANSFORMED BY THE WORK OF AHEAD, INC. I am so pleased to have been involved, for the past 15 years, with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of so many in Tanzania, and the Gambia in West Africa. The organization, STAFFED ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS, was started by a couple of very dedicated individuals: Dr. Irving Williams, Pediatrician, and his wife, Elvira, who holds a Master's of Public Health Administration. They raised four wonderful children (3 of whom are medical doctors and one with a PhD), all while giving back to the community of less fortunate children in Boston, Massachusetts. However, they felt compelled, even while their children were still young, to make a difference on a larger stage and thus gave birth, almost 30 years ago, to AHEAD, Inc. They began by creating medical, educational and agricultural facilities in Tanzania and later in the Gambia. They trained health care workers to teach their community how to prevent aids and to care for those who had been infected. They provided vans that would transport personnel and medical equipment. They trained people to teach families in rural communities how to purify water by making "cookers," at the cost of $1.00 each, (monies received through fundraising) that would use the sun to clean the water. They created schools, and trained teachers. They taught families how to sow, harvest, and sell their vegetables to provide needed income. Volunteers travel to Tanzania, and the Gambia, each spring to assist with AHEAD's work. AHEAD has truly demonstrated the old maxim, "Children [and families] don't care how much you know, it is important that they know how much you care. Lives have been changed, people have been inspired and communities are becoming more healthy, educated, and financially self-sufficient because AHEAD, not only cares, but uses its limited, and often personal, resources to teach what it knows.
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