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Make A Difference

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To provide vulnerable children access to quality education and care.

Results: We are currently working on raising $990,000 to send all of our students through college and $20,000 USD to build a center for youth in the Kilimanjaro area to use. The center will have a library, computer center, tutors, regular health workshops and sports clinics. Most of our time is spent raising funds for vulnerable children and youth to attend high quality schools where they can get the best educations available.

Target demographics: Low income and orphaned children and schools in developing nations and

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50,000 people in the Kilimanjaro Region

Geographic areas served: Developing nations such as Tanzania, Africa, Peru, Haiti and India

Programs: Check out our programs in Tanzania: http://www.gomadnow.org/programs/tanzania.php Check out our programs in India: http://www.gomadnow.org/programs/india.php

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Victor H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with MAD back in 2014 in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. We spent a week with Theresa, kids at the orphanage, MAD staff and also the staff at the school that the kids went to.

Being there in person, we fully understood the mission and value that MAD stands for.

"To provide quality educational opportunities for vulnerable children so they may become leaders within their countries."

It has been 4 years and through updates from MAD, we are seeing the progress of the kids, the school they go to and growth of the program.

It warms my heart to see the older kids wining scholarships, truly living their dreams and giving back to their community. The younger kids are graduating and their school campus now have an amazing library. Everything we touched 4 years ago are progressively coming to fruition all thanks to the MAD organization. This is something I look back on all the time knowing that I have been part of an initiative that truly made an impact on a community and the momentum is moving forward to do even greater things for the world.

MAD truly is an amazing non-profit organization that lives up to their mission and core values.

I look forward to seeing all the great things these young leaders will bring to their communities, changing more lives and a positive impact in the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm impressed with the vision of Make a Difference because of the depth of its scope. By focusing on the selected participants and committing to support them through all of their education, MAD is guaranteeing life-changing opportunities and potential. Often the outcomes of nonprofits are compromised by the desire to do as much as possible for as many as possible. I respect the approach taken by MAD and have witnessed some of its results.

Ha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get to work with MAD ever since 2017, and it has been a great experience getting to know the organization's personally, and see how dedicated they are to providing children in Tanzania with quality education, and make sure that these children are going to make big changes in the place they live.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5


My name is Janeth and have 3.5 years of experience with this charity. Make A Difference is helping youth with education and also supporting school development projects such as building a tech center, play grounds and library serving over 500 community!

Of its most amazing achievements, is its sustainability to send 26 students to private schools for quality education whereby 100% have completed primary school and 58% in university in Tanzania and overseas. This is a huge difference since majority of students in Tanzania find it difficult to complete primary education and end up with early child marriages or end up in streets. Only 70% complete primary education.

Again before the students had joined the organization, their English level, computer and leadership skills were very low. Now, I can rate their English level, computer and leadership skills with "A"s and all these have been achieved by sending students to private and international schools which are much better as well as enrolling students with TOEFL classes.

Confidently speaking I can say that the organization has ended poverty 100% to its clients !

1 Subirah M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Make a difference Organization has helped me a lot in may education since standard 4 up to date Am in college the third year, not only education but also through school suppuliers and has make sure that i get enough amount that helps me when Am at college.. Thanks a lot MAD organization

Client Served

Rating: 3

through Make a difference it made me to meet my dreams, being confident woman that i can stand alone due to education that a have got comparing to other women who have not gone to school and also prevents me from early marriage. always I am happy with this non profit organization.
thank you so much

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Make A Difference helped my family to organize a cultural tour and volunteer experience that was rewarding and educational for our teenage children. We witnessed first hand the incredible work they are doing to provide school fees and resources for children who were orphans so they can have a quality education. They had excellent communication, monitored donations for a book drive we organized and carefully spent money donated to fund two school libraries that will help students with daily assignments. They are a small non profit with lots of heart and dedication. I have been employed by larger non profits in the past, but their attention for detail and heart for the lives of the students they help will keep me returning to work with Make A Difference Now.

1 Elyse P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make A Difference is a truly exceptional company, that cares for the students they provide for like they are part of their family. They raise the bar for international education programs by getting students to a college graduate level, so they can make a real change in their communities.

1 Joey V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer I had the privilege to volunteer for Make A Difference in Tanzania, Africa. To say my life has been changed for the better ten-fold is an understatement. The wonderful people I was able to meet on this journey who took extra care of us, from gentle Paul our driver/interpreter/guide to Janeth our wonderful hostess to all the wonderful smiling faced kids we volunteer for, opened up their hearts and showed us their world, their struggles and their inspirations. I wouldn't have asked for a better organization to volunteer for than Make A Difference, where you can actually see where each dollar raised goes towards. For example, the computer room and computers at a local government school, or the computers that were donated to the school the kids of the program attend or even the local library being built for the community town of Moshi where the kids live. Attending the local village of one of the students was a highlight for me and also very humbling because we were given a glimpse into how locals actually live. Houses made of mud and stick being compromised by the elements of weather and termites. The lack of education is quite present when you visit rural Tanzania and it is very great to see the impact Make A Difference makes for these children who would otherwise have very slim chances of obtaining a great education and healthcare they deserved. If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with, Make A Difference is a great choice, especially for families because you can give your kids a wonderful insight of world culture. For adventurers, Make A Difference organizes climbs as well to Mt. Kilimanjaro (and in other areas they reach like Everest and Machu Pichu)... What can be more rewarding than giving your time to these wonderful kids of Make A Difference and conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro for this great cause!?!

1 Evan R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Make a Difference Now!!! My company Premier Chess had such a great time teaching there

1 Alison P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Make A Difference in Tanzania in 2017 and the experience exceeded all expectations. Theresa and the staff were so accommodating and made sure to make our trip and stay educational and fun. We had ample time to interact with the students of Make A Difference doing lessons, playing games, touring their school and even visiting their homes in their villages. I would highly recommend this organization. The money they raise goes directly to help lift kids out of poverty in Developing Countries and their results have been extraordinary and these kids are passionate about their education, helping others and creating a better world.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic! When you go to their orphanage in Tanzania, you can see first hand how they have changed the lives of so many children for the better. It is truly amazing. All of their kids at the orphanage are thriving because of the love, care and nourishment they are receiving from Make A Difference. The charity also employs locals at the orphanage and their facility, so they are helping the local community as well, which is awesome!

If you are lucky enough to visit their orphanage in Tanzania, Make A Difference provides you with accommodations and food at a reasonable price, giving so many people the ability to help these children first hand. I visited the orphanage and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as well to raise money for the children, and it was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my life.

I cannot say enough good things about Make A Difference and the positivity they are bringing to children in need. If you are looking for a charity to donate to or help, please, please consider this one!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Make a Difference (MAD) experience was unforgettable. The program, led by Theresa, was not only educational for the students but also for the volunteers. As part of our participation, we were immersed in the culture through language classes, eating local foods and visiting the students homes and schools. The students are well taken care of and their well being is at the forefront of everyone's minds. The students are very well spoken, smart and truly aspire to be key contributors in their communities. We left knowing that we did make a difference in their lives. I highly recommend donating either your time or funds to MAD as the students clearly benefit directly from the support.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you, Make a Difference! Although our son procured donations of funds and supplies for Make A Difference orphanage (MAD), we were the true beneficiaries of our involvement with MAD. From start to finish, MAD assisted and communicated in professional and personal ways. While visiting, MAD gave us experiences to last a lifetime. MAD's work does not take away from a country's culture, nor does it impose a new belief system. Instead, MAD builds a country from within, one orphaned citizen at a time, by offereing a comfortable home, the best available education, healthcare, tutoring, and exposure to people and resources. The children in MAD's care have survived unbelievable pasts to become smiling, articulate friends to visitors like us. We played soccer at their school; we helped with letter writing; we accompanied children on trips to the market and to a remote village. All the while, MAD children exuded curiosity, warmth, and genuine appreciation and engagement. Given the opportunity, we would return, donate, and advise orphanages to replicate MAD's model. Make a Difference, thank you for the experience of a lifetime and for your truly amazing daily work!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with Make a Difference Now in Tanzania. It was the experience of a lifetime because I knew I was part of a phenomenal organization with a successful model providing an exceptional education to orphaned children who otherwise would be left behind. The MAD staff who are on the ground in Tanzania are committed to mentoring/guiding/assisting the students through their primary education into advanced/college education.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Fortunatus Shukuru. I am a website consultant who has been been working with MAD for more than 3 years now. The first time I encountered the organization it was small and I couldn't imagine it would grow to becoming what it is today and having the great impact it is having on education here in Tanzania. As a Tanzanian, getting an international standard education here is very hard especially now when the world is becoming a small village. But MAD does everything to fill the gap and expose the children to getting an international standard education the world improves. Thank you MAD, you really make a difference!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is, Esther Mndeme. I am a student who is sponsored by Make A Difference (MAD) Now, the organisation has been a blessing to me and many others. MAD makes sure we get quality education, proper nutrition and other basic needs. Currently, I am studying at a international school in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania called, the International School Moshi, which is one of the best schools in Tanzania. Because I'm studying at such a good school, I now have a better chance at getting into a top university and learning from teachers from around the world. Hence, I can see a bright future ahead. I have learned a lot from MAD. Such as the importance of serving others, being open minded and responsible. Moreover, I have become more interactive with others as well as increased my knowledge on technology and other people's cultures from the volunteers that help MAD. I love MAD, volunteers and all people involved in the organisation. I am grateful for their support and everything they offer.

Many blessings to Make A Difference Now.

Sara F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I dreamed of serving with Make a Difference ever since I first learned about Theresa Grant's amazing journey to create this organization and serve orphaned and vulnerable youth. Work limitations meant I held that dream for 4 years before I could actualize it, and it was worth the wait! In 2015 I spent a month in Moshi, getting to know MAD kids and offering professional development support for teachers who work in schools MAD kids attend or aspire to attend. Every day was an adventure, a lesson in humility, and deepened my appreciation for the possibilities education opens for children. I'm so proud to have been able to experience the magic of MAD first hand and make a small contribution to the organization's efforts to help people grow and break the cycle of poverty through education. And the lasting impact on me cannot be overstated - I learned so much. From how hard it is to cut bananas for banana stew, the how to listen to the needs of teachers and students from a culture that is so different from my own, to my lasting appreciation for the beauty of Tanzania's people and country side, I am a better person because of my time with MAD. Many thanks to all MAD peeps!

1 Struse

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no greater thing we can commit our time to than helping others.
I truly believe that and Make A Difference is proof that it's true. I traveled to Tanzania in July of 2017 after learning about their mission and purpose.
I also believe that everyone has something to give, share or teach. Everyone has different gifts and talents. Make A Difference operates on the beauty of that principle, that when all come together great things really can happen.
One thing I really appreciate about MAD is that it's not about the "Americans coming in a saving everyone", it's about working alongside local people in unity to make stronger lives for all involved. The students with MAD are not just given free handouts, these kids are some of the hardest workers I've every met and they will be real earth shakers.
And what better of a way to raise money than running charity hikes in Patagonia, Tanzania and Nepal?
It's about all around wellness, for the volunteer and the children that MAD sponsors.
It's about living a full life through giving, receiving and growing.
Make A Difference is pure gold.
Those that discover it, I trust, will happily agree.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Tremendously impactful organization! Very little of the funding goes to admin, most goes right to the areas where kids need help - school, books, healthy food, etc. Your support helps change kids' loves!!