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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nurturing Minds operates an exceptional school for girls in Tanzania, where students gain a valuable education as well as practical skills for being successful adults. This is a great nonprofit organization!

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.