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Tanzania School Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, International, International Academic Exchange, International Relief, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: Fighting poverty through education in Tanzania.

Results: 48 Pre school children are attending our early education center, learning English, math, science and more! A quality pre school education where no alternative learning center is available.

Target demographics: fight poverty one classroom at a time

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Tanzania - East Africa

Programs: Fr. Christmas Academy providing a quality education to some of Northern Tanzania's poorest children and providing a market for creative and new hand made items

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the board of this small and growing non profit. I am continually impressed by the hard work of volunteers that keep this npo growing. Very impressive.

TZwonderer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TSF is a small organization doing wonderful things in Tanzania. I am proud to support this small organization and can only hope they continue getting the funding they need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So impressed with the work of the Tanzania School Foundation. I volunteer with this organization often. They have their work cut out of them with limited funding, they work very hard to keep the organization going and their work in Tanzania. Volunteers built their entire school...volunteers raised all the funds. Impressive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know how they do it. Truly amazing work.
Visited Tanzania and went to see Fr. Christmas Academy. What a happy place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Tanzania School Foundation is doing amazing work. I continue to follow them and am a proud supporter

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently visited Tanzania School Foundation's school in Tanzania. Fr. Christmas Academy. What a wonderful place, full of love, kindness and fun for all the children attending. I wish I had more funds to support their work. It was my best day in Tanzania. Look forward to going back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

found this little gem of a school (Fr. Christmas Academy) which is run by the Tanzania School Foundation. I am a safari guide and recently took some clients there. It was the highlight of their trip. I was happy to be part of their delight.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered with the Tanzania School Foundation and was very impressed with their work. I look forward to helping them again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic! Visited Fr. Christmas Academy, the school the Tanzania School Foundation founded. It is magical place, the staff and students are wonderful. Highlight of my trip to Tanzania.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heading to Tanzania soon to work at Fr. Christmas Academy! Can't wait! They work hard in the USA to support education in Tanzania.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered with this organization at Gillette stadium recently. Great group of people doing great things in Tanzania.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a visitor to Fr. Christmas Academy in Tanzania, I can say that it is impressive work, the support, hard word and kindness of the Tanzania School Foundation is fascinating.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No words to describe the work they do. Not relying 100% on donations that don't come, they work hard through a Tanzania art initiative to raise funds. Clever and supports local artists at the same time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met the founder at an event, she was selling beautiful Tanzania art at really good prices. She is a volunteer and all the profits go towards their programs in Tanzania. Very impressed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited the School of St. Nicholas while in Tanzania. Just awesome! Small and growing, they are changing the lives of their students. Was impressed with all their efforts

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Christine the founder of the Tanzania School Foundation at the Sowa Market in Boston. I was moved by her passion and dedication to the cause. I picked up some beautiful Tanzanian crafts to support this organization. I hope to do more, in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the ground in Tanzania working for this NGO. I just wanted to say that I am proud to be part of this growing organization. They bring life to so many here...not only our students, but the teachers, cooks, construction workers, parents of our students and more. We welcome you to come here and see for yourself. I hope to meet you here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school teacher and love what TSF is doing. Education can change a life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our partner school in Tanzania. Our clients and guides love going to the School of St. Nicholas. A truly happy place for all.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I don't know another organization where the founder/director is out there working alongside with their volunteers. She roles up her sleeves and makes things happen. Remarkable work, remarkable organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful people, wonderful cause. I wish I could help more, because the work they are doing is the best.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization through a mutual friend. I visited their school while I was visiting Tanzania. I was so impressed with their building project. While not yet finished, it is remarkable!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in the USA at Gillette Stadium for the Tanzania School Foundation. They are a group of hardworking individuals. I hope to travel to Tanzania one day to volunteer with their school. I was impressed with their dedication and passion for their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a grassroots organization doing wonderful work in Tanzania. Their work is superb.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best! Visited their school in Tanzania. It is wonderful...just wonderful. Staff, students and USA members are the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So impressed with all of the efforts it's founder has put into this organization. They are in a period of growth and do need more help in an effort to support more children in Tanzania. I wish them all the best...they are doing a great job...but can do so much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in both the USA and Tanzania for this amazing nonprofit. they do so much with so little. Students are brilliant, teachers are great and the woman who started it all has more energy than I could ever have. Truly heartwarming.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this organization since inception through my church. I have seen it grow from nothing into something very special.
The founder of this organization is dedicated, committed and inspiring. I hope to one day travel to Tanzania and visit The School of St. Nicholas and meet the students and staff they serve.
It is very inspiring...the work of this organization is volunteer run...a labor of love.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a board member of the Tanzanian entity. What this organization does for the children of this country is inspiring. The leader of this organization empowers people on the ground here to take responsibility and excel.
It is highly ethical, fair and they treat all of us here in Tanzania with respect.
Asante Sana

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined this organization as a volunteer. It is run entirely on volunteers led by the founder/director who works exceptionally hard (as a volunteer) to provide education to the neediest children in northern Tanzania. Selfless, dedicated and committed. This organization is awesome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of watching TSF become the vibrant force that it is in Tanzania because of the hard work and sacrifices made by its founder: Chris Lott. Her infectious smile and enthusiasm inspires everyone she meets to want to do and give to her cause.

More importantly, the Tanzania School Foundation is making a real impact in the lives of so many children. These kids would never have received this kind of education and opportunity if Chris had not landed on the scene. In picture after picture (on the web site), you can really see the wonderful changes these students are experiencing.

Susan303

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met the director three years ago at a multinational
Fair here on Cape Cod. I found her booth to be very
Interesting and began following the school on
Facebook. I have marveled as the school has grown
how the children glow with their new found knowledge
and how the volunteers work tirelessly.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Tanzania School a Foundation three years ago when I met Chris Lott in Falmouth, MA during a multicultural fair. I had just returned from Tanzania and I had fallen in love with the people I met. I have kemp in touch with Chris through FB and watched as the school has grown and improved. The work never ends; Chris never gives up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since supporting this organization in 2009, I have watched it grow into one of the most impressive, transparent and amazing organizations out there. Truly remarkable what they can do with little. I would give it 10 stars!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently gone to Tanzania to volunteer with Christine at her school and it was an amazing experience. The kids she teaches are the sweetest loveable kids. They come each day to learn, and Christine does a great job teaching them English and math. Education is what these kids need to break the cycle of poverty in their families and Christine and her organization are working tirelessly each day to achieve that goal.

Christine115

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As founder and director of this organization I am delighted that to say that the past five years have been my biggest challenge, learning curve, labor of love and that the passion it began with still is strong. I am amazed to see how our students are growing and learning. Living in two very different worlds is not easy. I have learned to accept things I cannot change in Tanzania and work on those that can...by providing a free English Education to some of the poorest children in Tanzania. We have had volunteers in the USA and in Tanzania from all around the world. I am constantly humbled by individuals and their generosity. I have been volunteering 365 days a year for the past 5 years. It is more than a job...it is my life. I embrace it and hope to have the continued strength and success I have had over the past 5 years. Karibu Tanzania- Come and see our work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the BOD since inception. Watching the organization grow and fulfill its mission has been incredibly satisfying. watching Chris our founder and director (who is a volunteer) work so hard in two countries worlds apart is incredible.
My hats off to all of the volunteers, donors and to Chris for making this remarkable organization run. It amazes me every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After I returned from a trip to Tanzania, I read about Chris' remarkable work to help the people there. When I told Chris I was looking to purchase some local handicrafts, she went above and beyond to find them. I was so happy to buy them from her because I knew the proceeds would directly support Tanzanian artisans and Chris' school. If my family ever returns to Tanzania, we would like to visit, donate to, and perhaps volunteer at the School of St. Nicholas. Asante sana, Chris, for helping and inspiring me, but especially for all you do on behalf of the children in Arusha. Best of luck to you.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chris has taken her passion for helping people and has turned her professional life on its head by transitioning from a valued team member at the financial instituation of Goldman Sachs to building on her volunteer work (which she did using her comp time from G-S) in Sri Lanka and Tanzania to creating Chris Cares as her full-time work. Her tireless energy and can-do spirit infects everyone she meets, giving her a Midas touch in getting people to share her desire to leave this world a better place. This charity is worthy of your support, either as a donor or volunteer.

Suzanne39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chris' story is one of the most inspiring and her efforts and charity are so deserving of recognition. She has taken on this personal challenge and made it her life's work. Her passion is remarkable and everyone should take a moment to just find out about Chris, what got her inspired. Chris Cares is a non profit run as a one-woman, all volunteer basis trying to empower the children of a small village in Tanzania to learn, lead and succeed! Worthwhile charity!

Scott60

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've worked with Chris Cares on several occasions at Gillette Stadium in the "Stadium Pizza" booth. This has been a wonderful experience being part of her team, helping the children in Tanzania, and even catching a few minutes of some Patriots games and concerts. A worthwhile experience I would recommend to anyone to participate.

Jean30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chris has made Chris Cares her personal goal in life. She is dedicated, honest and caring and is trying to bring education to an area in Tanzania. Her goals are to raise the standard of living by offering an education to those children who otherwise would be considered throw aways. Chris plugs along daily and oftentimes at her own peril. She has raised hopes in the Arusha area and has been able to give a vision to those who otherwise would not have some one who cares. She is building a school, brick by brick. If anyone is on a mission to stop illiteracy in an under-developed country, Chris wears her mission on her sleeve. She dedicates herself daily to finding the right people to help her meet this goal. She writes the curriculum for the school, raises funds for the building of the school, counsels mothers and neighbors, employs a couple of locals to paint ornaments to raise funds for the school. She is always looking for ways to bring her story to the public. If there is anyone more deserving of help, I do not know of that person. Chris works tirelessly and unselfishly on this goal to educate and offer a better way of life for these children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A caring and dedicated group of individuals. The director dedicates her life to Tanzania; spending half the year in the remote village overseeing staff, school, building and building relationships in Tanzania and the USA. They sponsor various events throughout the year and work hard to raise funding and spending each dollar earned carefully. I am really impressed...five years and they are still working as hard as the first day they began.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to volunteer with CCI in Tanzania. This organization is doing great work with little resources. Loved working with their students who are learning English every day. Their staff in Tanzania is attentive and hospitable and the accommodations are comfortable.
Had the opportunity to volunteer on their building project for a couple of days. This organization is making a real difference in the lives of boys and girls. I had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back!

Donor

Rating: 5

It is clearly evident by the passion and work ethic of its founder that this organization will one day not worry about how to get the resources for their project in Tanzania.
I never met a person who dedicates her entire life to fulfilling a mission. She is truly a remarkable woman. I met her at a craft fair in 2012 and have been following the activities of this non profit she founded. What is remarkable is that it began with nothing and today the children that receive an education, the woman who benefit from the crafts she markets and her employees in Tanzania. She received the Swahili name of Zawadi; which means gift, because she is the best gift that any of the people she encounters in Tanzania will ever receive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am in Tanzania and see first hand what this organisation is doing for poor children. Without CCI many children would not have access to a quality education. CCI doesn't only help the children but their families and communities as well. CCI takes very good care of their employees and volunteers in a country where that is difficult to find. It is my hope that they continue to grow and continue what they began here. On behalf of all of us in Tanzania who share in their work. Asante Sana.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Chris Lott works for our non-profit every day of her life. She thrives on getting donations and managing the buying and selling of Christmas ornaments to raise money so we can build a school for the children in Arusha. She hires the local people to make the ornaments and then sells them around the world to make money for the school. In 2008 we built a church in Arusha. Chris went to Churches in the US to get supplies for the church and then organized community teamwork events to load freight containers for shipment to Arusha. The church is gorgeous and the people are eternally grateful. Chris organizes and volunteers at Gillette stadium to raise money, she speaks at Churches and has even raised money going to prisons for our charity. Chris started a pre-school in Arusha last year in lieu of the school that is being built. Chris is selfless and deserves whatever help she can get to reach her goals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wish to commend Christine Lott for her wonderful work - having given up a successful career with a Wall Street firm to devote her life to enabling children in Tanzania to reach their potential. She is an enthusiastic and generous person who inspires others with her passion for promoting education and social justice. I met Chris through a mutual friend because I too wish to build my next career in philanthropy and impact investing - after having spent many years working in the financial sector. Chris was a prominent exhibitor at 2 of our recent annual Archdiocesan Justice Convocations in Boston and I wish to support her work. Among other things, she provides access to local arts and crafts of the people she serves in Tanzania - further boosting their self esteem as well as their incomes. She is also a very dynamic and fun person - with a generous spirit. Please support Chris!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience volunteering for Chrs Cares. It was great creating new friendship with people who have the same passion. I would highly recommend this nonprofit to others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Met the director of this organization in Tanzania. They provide and run a primary school for the poorest children in Tanzania which is a 100% free, quality English education. They do amazing things on a limited budget. No paid employees in the USA. Chris who spends half the year in Tanzania runs the school full time wherever she is. It is an amazing place. They are small and growing. Great organization!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization works hard to raise funding to build a primary school in Tanzania. I have never witnessed a group of committed individuals. their volunteers come in all forms - old and young, some volunteer once some volunteer at every opportunity.
This all volunteer organization is truly committed to fighting poverty through education in Tanzania

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone that grew up in Africa, it touches my heart to see someone like Christine of Chris Cares, who grew up here in the US and used to be in Corporate America, to give up her typical work and salary to try and raise money for a school and church in Tanzania after only a couple of visits there. To meet someone as self less as Christine that is always cheerful although she volunteers and works her fingers to the bone; and deals with cancellations of people helping her, etc. I am very touched by her dedication and mission, her vision is similar to mine, except I'm not as brave as her to give up everything to accomplish the charity she is doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is raising funds to build a primary school in Tanzania. I worked at Gillette Stadium scooping ice cream and although it was a lot of work, I would come back again to fulfill the mission of this organizaiton. The executive director rolls up her sleeves and works tirelessly to get the job done. A group of volunteers run this organization and are heading to Tanzania this month to start the building of the School of St. Nicholas. To fight poverty through education. Inspirational organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organizaiton fully committed to serving those in need in Tanzania. Dedicated volunteers run this organization. We worked with them at Gillette to help them raise funding. 98% of their funds go directly to their programs. Humbling and fulfilling.

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