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.
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.
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.