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Review for Mainsprings: Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children Inc., Tulsa, OK, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There was once a dream that was Mainsprings (JBFC). It began simply as a promise in the heart and mind of founder Chris Gates. The promise was to help the youth in need in Tanzania and eastern Africa - to give them education and a future. This process would help to diminish the scourge of poverty in eastern Africa.

Now that dream has progressed into two Mainsprings campuses in Tanzania. However, more than just changing the lives of the youth in Tanzania and eastern Africa, these campuses are profoundly changing the lives of all of the people there - staff, volunteers, and students alike. This is, in turn, changes more of Africa and the world at large in vastly positive ways. The ripple effect of the uplifting and hope is magnificent.

And that’s what drew me. The longer I live, the more I am convinced that people, relationships, and experiences are what matter the most. Mainsprings fits with this belief I hold. There is great joy in serving others and inspiring them to hope for a brighter future.

Proverbially, Mainsprings is not just giving the people it serves a fish to eat but also teaching them to fish by providing them with marketable skills for life. Efficiency with exemplary stewardship of resources is paramount. One can feel very sound about the investment of time, talent, and treasure in Mainsprings. I am thankful to know Chris Gates and this organization and to serve as a Board member, volunteer, and, most importantly, friend.

I am ready to do my utmost to help Mainsprings accomplish its goals. With continued support from like-minded donors and volunteers, this dream will never end.

Role:  Board Member