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Nurturing Minds Inc

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Causes: Education

Mission: Nurturing Minds, Inc, is a US based non-profit organization seeking to make a difference by educating Tanzanian girls who are poor, marginalized and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.

Results: View our page on Guidestar: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/20-8870624/nurturing-minds.aspx

Target demographics: educate Tanzanian girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 vulnerable girls.

Geographic areas served: Tanzania, East African

Programs: The Sega Girls Secondary school (Forms I-VI) fosters the development of strong values, healthy self-esteem and independent thinking skills among its students, most of whom are vulnerable and have dropped out of school due to poverty. Key features of the school include: quality academics, participatory learning process; life skillls; environmental care; social responsibility and leadership; and entrepreneurship through school-run businesses. Sega's residential campus is fully solar powered with rainwater harvesting, gardens and a poultry farm that generates income for the school.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost five years and so excited by the growth and wonderful things the girls are accomplishing. Thank you Sega for giving those wonderful young so many opportunities for a better life

Donor

Rating: 5

Nurturing minds has created an environment for girls that provides training, education and community for the future. At the same time it teaches using renewable resources. I am continually amazed at all they accomplish.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Several years ago when this organization got started I signed up to help raise funds to start the school and sponsored a student. That student was a member of the first graduating class. I attended that first graduation and viewed the vaious self-sustainging projects on the campus. It was quite joyous to meet the students and staff and observe their interactions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very well organized non-profit to benefit Sega school. The school helps girls who are vulnerable for reasons of poverty to achieve an education in Tanzania. I have helped with fundraisers and sponsors, and consider this to be very altruistic yet practical. Almost every penny raised goes directly to the school.

Donor

Rating: 5

The folks who started this nonprofit about 12 years ago are obviously extremely dedicated to the girls and the school.There has been phenomenal growth of the school over the years. To see the happy expressions on the girls' faces is worth all their efforts. The website is informative, uplifting, has a heartwarming well-shot video and draws you right in. Nurturing Minds is a GREAT non-profit!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about Nurturing Minds. This non-profit is filled with dedicated, motivated, and extremely bright volunteers. The small staff accomplishes so much on a small budget. The two of them are super efficient. The mission of Nurturing Minds is to support the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania where vulnerable girls have the opportunity for a high quality education that also teaches life skills, entrepreneurship, and helps them reach their life potential. We are fortunate as volunteers to be able to interact with the SEGA students and see firsthand the impact of our fundraising efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

This past summer I was fortunate enough to visit the Sega Girls School that is funded by Nurturing Minds. The school itself was amazing to see but the efforts to be self sustainable with the gardens and chickens is so impressive. The girls are just wonderfully alive and hungry for education. The enormous task of starting a school like this is impressive but the commitment to keeping it going for these girls is heartwarming to see.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 6 months in 2013 living and working at the Sega School in Tanzania. I did research on revenue producing businesses that could lead to greater financial sustainability for the school as the students' families are not able to pay for the cost of the education. It was a rewarding experience and wonderful to see an organization ethical and well run in such a challenging environment. The consistent leadership of founder Polly Dolan along with the staunch support of the Nurturing Mind board has been key to the school growing and developing into the impressive institution it is today.

Donor

Rating: 5

Highly-targeted non-profits like Nurturing Minds change lives. The voices, the stories, the faces, the leaders all share an excitement about the unique challenge at the SEPA school. And the support for its programs utilizes the same grass-roots approach in fundraising that the school exhibits in operations. It's a highly personal connection that we donors have, despite the geographic difference. There's so much more to do ... but one step at a time.

marykath

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to learn first hand about the organization from my good friend who has been involved since inception. I felt connected to their mission: “To educate Tanzanian girls who are poor, marginalized and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.” I signed up to volunteer with the Northeast Chapter and to help to coordinate a part of the sponsorship program. Five years later, I am even more connected and impressed with the organization, its leadership/board, growth and how much of a direct impact Nurturing Minds has on the lives of these girls. We have biographies of each student and I feel like I know many of them personally. I also know many people who have visited the school and they come back with stories of the students and are 100% ready to get more involved upon their return. This says a lot about the organization and the day-to-day administration of the school itself. There is a lot in it for me, including meeting great people, learning a lot about another culture, having fun but most importantly, I do it because it is making a difference in the lives of these students.

Leigh10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i learned about Nuturing minds and the SEGA school through the founder’s sister, we were childhood friends. When she told me her sister, who was living in Tanzania with her husband and daughter, intended to start a girls boarding school there to help vulnerable girls receive an education who otherwise would never get one, I thought what an ambitious undertaking and wished her good luck! A couple years later after the school had gone from concept to the actual building and accepting students I started to volunteer with the Washington DC chapter and it has been one of the best investments of my time and energy. Not only have I grown and learned from the experience but you immediately see the huge difference you are making in the lives of these young women who otherwise would never have a chance and they in turn are so committed to wanting to return to their communities and help improve the lives of their families and neighbors.The commitment, leadership and incredible accomplishments of the school itself has been so outstanding and the school now has 200 boarding girls. This past fall I had the opportunity to visit the school while it was in session and it was wonderful to see the actual campus which is beautiful, well laid out and see the girls and how happy and engaged they were, and more importantly in such a safe and caring environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for NM has been extremely rewarding. As a committee member of the NM Northeast Chapter, I've enjoyed being part of a smart, passionate, fun group of people that are committed to helping improve the lives of girls who otherwise would have no educational options. In a short time, NM went from concept to building SEGA School that now boards and educates nearly 200 girls. I've been impressed with how driven and focused the leaders of NM are to fulfilling their mission to help these vulnerable young girls. For my small part in Newton, MA, helping organize the annual local major fundraising event to support SEGA School, it is satisfying contributing to this wonderful organization.