AHEAD has made such tremendous strides in strengthening the lives of men, women and children in Tanzania and The Gambia! AHEAD's projects not only provide the resources to meet the needs of individuals living in the communities served, but help individuals to collectively build the knowledge and skills in the areas of health, education, and environmental awareness that are necessary to empower the communities to thrive!
I am 13 years old and I traveled to Tanzania with my Great Uncle Irving a pediatrician and my Great Aunt Elvira. My mother went too but she was sent to the hospital to work on patients. I went to the school to meet the students who were older teens. They told us of their aspirations at the Ahead school to learn computers and communications.
The showed us a play they wrote about a girls whose father would let her go to school. she and her mother left him and she was educated. Years later her father went to her for a job. I learned that school should not be taken for granted and I work harder now. I gave out gift from America and I painted class rooms but the gift the students and teacher gave to me was so much more.
I reach out and learn about others and I want to become a physician.
My trips to Tanzania are and always will be exciting. But out of all of them this recent one was the most exciting. I finally came out of my shell (or tried to) as the grandson of Mama and Baba Williams and that allowed me to help out more and finally become a volunteer.
I loved the fact that I was able to donate to the kids and give them something. Hey after all of the hospitality and kindness that they gave me, it’s about time I give them something back. I also helped out with painting and organizing games for the kids, it was a long and strenuous task but I felt like I was doing something for someone else other than myself, and to me that is always a good feeling to have.
But being with AHEAD isn’t just about doing something right for yourself. It’s all about finding your true self. Many of us are born from Africa and as times go on, sometimes we forget that and we get lost in the modern day culture and society (especially us teens). We end up doing things that we aren’t meant to do, sometimes we do things that aren’t even right. We even hurt the ones we love. And that’s why I thank you Tanzania, I thank you AHEAD, thank you Africa and, especially you mama and baba for always giving back to others. Also for giving me a chance to spread my wings once more and take flight to a place where I can feel at home, not out of place or an outsider. I love you.
Sadiki enwh. St. George
I am greatful to have had the opportunity to travel abroad with AHEAD, INC to Tanzania, for the first time to perform mission work. My experience was humbling, educational, rewarding, life-changing, exciting, exuberant and healthy to say the least. I have seen the positive impact that the AHEAD organization has made in the Kisarware District of Tanzania. How they have improved the quality of education and health for the families there. My time there was very inspiring, especially seeing how we connected with and learned from one another. AHEAD INC promotes diversity in a "on hands way" helping one by educating, understanding and encouraging us to appreciate others and their backgrounds. I highly recommend AHEAD,INC. to work/serve with. Dr and Mrs Williams and family is to be commended.
I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with AHEAD, Inc. in Tanzania over this past sumer. Although the trip was short, at just 3 weeks, it was still a wonderful learning experience, on both professional and personal levels. What is unique about AHEAD, Inc. is their deep connection with the local people--the Williams' family immersed themselved in Tanzanian culture when they founded the organization and have tailored AHEAD to directly meet the needs of the people by starting sustainable projects in health and education. AHEAD, Inc. does not merely provide healthcare and education, but they empower the people to learn and then teach and take care of one another---which is best exemplified by their own school teachers who were once AHEAD students themselves. AHEAD and the Williams' family have made a lasting difference in the lives of so many. I am so glad I had a chance to volunteer with them and learn a little bit about Tanzanian culture, as well as current issues in healthcare and education faced by this country.
This organization has been working for children for about 30 years. Their primary purpose is poverty alleviation. They provide education for children, health care, and care for orphans and other vulnerable children. One big example is raising the number of children who have received a full complement of childhood immunizations in Tanzania from 27% to 98%. I have volunteered time. That is fantastic. They deserve all our support.
AHEAD is a great organization doing wonderful things to help wome and children attain a fruitful and healthy life. Not to be overlooked is the opportunity for volunteers, who make the work possible, to gain inner peace, sense of doing great work and knowledge that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.
This remarkable African self-help organization , known as "AHEAD, Inc.", has been going strong for over 40 years thanks to the untiring efforts of a family of a dedicated family of health care providers and over 100 volunteers who have lived and worked side by side with the people of Tanzania. As a volunteer I have traveled to the Meatu and Kisarware Districts of Tanzania, two of the most impoverished rural locations in Tanzania. AHEAD takes on the most challenging of the communities , where the villagers have little or no access to preventive health care services, or access to clean water. As a volunteer, I helped rehabilitate regional hospitals in both districts, assisted with health education programs in Meatu, worked with teen high school students learning computer skills, and in Washington, D.C. helped organize several years of fundraising activities. AHEAD relies almost totally on individual donations and each summer takes a group of volunteers to live and work side by side with Tanzanians. It is very inspiring to work with AHEAD!
Fantastic experience! As a first time participant in AHEAD's volunteer program this year (and first time volunteering abroad), the experience in Tanzania far exceeded my expectations. With so many terrific projects, there is something for everyone. I did not have trained experience in Health, Education, or Agricultural Development but I felt that I was still able to contribute in a significant way. Meeting and working with the people in Kisarawe District, and other "super-fun" volunteers, was life-changing. I saw first hand how small things can make a huge difference. I would highly recommend AHEAD to anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to an organization that has been making a real impact on the lives of many for 30 years - and an extra special bonus is that the experience ends with a Tanzania safari tour!
AHEAD, Inc is one of the most outstanding organizations in the world today. For the past 30 years, AHEAD has been working in developing communities to provide health services to women and children, education services for those aspiring to learn, and training for those who want to work and provide for themselves and their families, and be an asset in their communities and nation.
AHEAD has been an organization that over the past 30 years has worked with underserved communities in African countries to improve the quality of life for their citizens. Women no longer have to fear death during pregnancies because AHEAD has provided safe, clean supplies for expectant mothers during deliveries. Children receive immunizations provided by AHEAD which has significantly reduced the number of infants and children who die from preventable childhood diseases. All these things AHEAD has done over these years that has made a difference in the lives of women and children. PLEASE give AHEAD your support.
I first volunteered with AHEAD, Inc. in 1993, as a volunteer in their youth program in The Gambia, West Africa. It was my first trip abroad and it was a truly transformative and amazing experience. I learned so much about myself, the world, and the interconnectedness of humanity is connected. AHEAD has been doing tremendous work in African villages -- literally helping mothers and babies survive , and communites thrive, for many years. It is because of my experience with AHEAD that I pursued graduate studies and became an anthropologist. I am proud to be able to support the continued work of AHEAD and raise awareness about the work of this incredible organization.
It is always a great pleasure to recommend an organization like AHEAD for an award. For the past twenty years I have been privileged to volunteer as a professional nurse with AHEAD. AHEAD has been providing medical services to women, infant and children who would have died because of a lack of medicine, equipment and supplies and no one else to care for them but AHEAD. AHEAD continues to help people in remote communities in Africa experience a reversal in disease and deprivation by implementing sustainable health programs. AHEAD has saved the lives of many infants, children and women.
I would like to recommend the excellent non-profit Adventures in Health, Education and Agricultural Development (AHEAD) for an award. For the past 30 years this organization has focused on building the very foundation which is lacking in many underdeveloped areas of the world– health care, education and employment - through their direct hands on involvement. And they have worked to empower some of the most vulnerable members of our human family - women, orphans and other vulnerable children in rural villages in developing countries. Without AHEAD, many may have died because of a lack of medical supplies, equipment, and attention due to childbirth, malaria, HIV, and diarrheal diseases, just to name a few of the causes of preventable and needless deaths. AHEAD has earned accolades from UNICEF for its' effective primary health care services which have resulted in an exponential improvement in immunization rates in children five years in AHEAD targeted villages. They have educated hundreds of teens and young adults, helping them find employment and create opportunities for economic advancement. Despites these and hundreds of other achievements, AHEAD has largely operated under the radar for its 30 years of existence. I have not even mentioned the life-changing impact that volunteering with AHEAD in the field has had on past AHEAD volunteers, such as me. I was moved everyday by the outpouring of gratitude from the villagers we impacted each day. It affected my future career choices in working in international health. Please consider honoring and recognizing this outstanding organization with a well-deserved award.
My husband and I traveled to Tanzania in August 2008 to spend two weeks at the AHEAD vocational school. We were able to observe the classes, chat with the teachers, and also helped establish a small library. The AHEAD school provides opportunities for children whose parents cannot afford secondary school, and does so on a shoestring. The dedication of the teachers and principal was impressive. Dr. and Mrs. Irving Williams are extremely caring people who have been active in Tanzania for several decades and know how to work with their African colleagues to get things done in a collaborative way. They are especially interested in helping girls and women to assume leadership roles, and have been very successful in promoting outstanding women. Their activities in the field of immunization and public health are also outstanding. Recently they have been able to raise money to transport donated hospital equipment and also to purchase specially adapted motorbikes with sidecars, so that pregnant women in rural areas can be transported to medical facilities. We highly recommend supporting AHEAD, Inc.
My wife and I were two of the first AHEAD volunteers to Tanzania in 1988. Our experience of working with rural villagers in the areas of health, education, and agricultural development changed our lives. AHEAD's philosophy is to approach the villagers to find out what their needs are and to work cooperatively with them. It is truly a grassroots organization. Volunteers are welcome from every background; the only requirements are open hearts, open minds and a willingness to engage with the people of Africa. AHEAD is a small family with a big impact in a large continent. It's well worth your time, money and effort because the return is so great.