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Kari B

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

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I went to Mainsprings Kitongo campus in June of 2019. We did not have a lot of information or expectations when we arrived, we were just ready to make an impact in Tanzania and hopefully change someone's life. From the moment we arrived we quickly figured out that we would be the ones changed. The first day we were on campus we learned about the four pillars and the importance of each one. We dug into the why for each pillar and learned how they create an impact on the area now and will continue to for years. The first one is refuge. Mainsprings girls are truly a family, they love and respect each other. We had such a happy feeling when we were around the girls and wanted to learn from them. They have a very simple life from what we are accustom to in the US, we realized how privileged we really are. Next is education. We got to spend time in the school and help with projects. The students were eager to learn and grow as students. They loved to read, do math and write stories. Healthcare is the third pillar. There is a nurse/doctor on campus and the girls were very well manicured. The last pillar is Permaculture. It is amazing how the girls and staff have adopted this method of farming and will continue to live off of the land. The children are learning life long techniques that they will be able to put to use once they have their own land. When we left the campus we realized what an amazing two weeks we had just experienced. There is an incredible amount of support and love that goes into making Mainsprings such an amazing organization. Mainsprings has hired local people to run the campus-it is truly for Tanzanians by Tanzanians. We have decided we will continue to do what we can to support this mission and can't wait to see where it goes.

Role:  Volunteer