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REACH Shirati

P.O. Box 7776, Berkeley, United States
Non-profit organization
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REACH Shirati is a non-profit organization providing life-changing opportunities thought Education, Healthcare, and Community Development in rural Tanzania At REACH Shirati, we believe the best way to help build thriving communities is through focused, locally inspired programs that deliver resources and assistance over time. Our three pillar programs, Education, Heath Care and Community Development, build a network of support that brings real opportunities for the families we serve.
We begin by engaging the local Shirati-Nyamagongo community in the Rorya district of Northern Tanzania, to help us design and implement projects that they deem essential. Once projects have been selected we engage our supporters and volunteers to help us fund and implement these projects.
Through our Global Outreach Program, we organize annual volunteer trips to the Shirati-Nyamagongo, typically during the summer months. During these trips, our volunteers participate in community projects and work side-by-side local residents, engaging the community and getting to know the people that benefit from their efforts. They directly experience the impact their work has locally, and this, we believe, has a lasting and profound affect on how they will view their experience with us.
we invite you to join us by donating or volunteering with us http://www.reachshirati.org/#!join-in/bspg4

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The work on the third rainwater catchment tank on our school grounds was started in July and is currently ongoing. Like all great things, it starts small, takes lots of work, and will benefit many in the community. Thanks to all working hard on the constructions of the tank as well as to YOU donors and supporters who make it all possible. In the words of our inspiring founder, Christine Nyanda Chacha: "Little by little, we believe we can make a difference."

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During our annual July trip this year, our hard working volunteers were treated to delicious homemade bread made by the Nyamagongo Women's Group. Asante Sana ladies!

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Thanks to our friends at We Care Solar for bringing light to many dark corners around the world! wecaresolar.org

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Meet Leah Fillingim-Selk! Leah is a sophomore at Berkeley High School, who traveled with her entire family to Shirati, Tanzania in June of 2016 to volunteer at Tina’s Pre and Primary School in Nyamagongo. Her goal was to teach the students there how to make friendship bracelets. A hundred bracelets and three weeks later, Leah came home with a much bigger goal! She started the Berkeley High School REACH Shirati club with the goal of raising $45,000 for Tina's school! Since September, the 25 members of the Berkeley High School REACH Shirati club have raised over $400 through their penny drive and bake sales. They have plans for more fundraising events and are determined to see more children in Nyamagongo attend Tina's school. We are so inspired and thankful for supporters like Leah and her classmates who join us in our mission of bringing life-changing opportunities to the children of Nyamagongo through education.

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Just one of the many great photos our volunteers brought back from Nyamagongo. The one thing never in short supply there is a smile!

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It's been a very busy summer for us, we traveled to Shirati and Nyamagongo with our amazing volunteer team in July, and working with the dedicated local residents we accomplished everything on our ambitious to-do list: Here are some highlights: - Construction began on the third rainwater harvest system at Tina’s School, thanks to funds raised by Kids for Shirati. Completion expected by Dec. - Our volunteer engineer and architect team designed a gutter system for one of the tanks to DOUBLE the rain water we collect! - Two students from UC-Berkeley set up a process for testing and cleaning the water in existing tanks. To insure we maintain the rainwater purity, they taught students and teachers at Tina’s School how to perform this test, and set up a schedule for ongoing maintenance. - Our volunteer school teachers worked closely with the educators at Tina’s School, and gave us many valuable ideas about school administration, teacher training and retention. They are eager to recruit more school teachers to volunteer at Tina’s Pre and Primary School! - Volunteers also toured Shirati Hospital and worked with Dr. Chirangi, and attended many social events in the Shirati-Nyamagongo area.-

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Meet Sam, one of our committed supporters who started an organization to help kids in Shirati, proving that a big heart is all you need to do big things! http://www.reachshirati.org/#!stories/xwch1 "My name is Samuel Kaplan-Pettus, and I am a sixth grader at Willard Middle School in Berkeley. When I was in third grade I got the chance to be on my school service council. One of our big jobs was to help organize our school’s walk-a-thon for charity. "The first step was to find an organization. So I polled my class and found that people wanted to help with a lot of different issues, such as healthcare, education, and nutrition. My teacher gave me a list of nonprofits, and the one I thought best met my classes wishes was Reach Shirati (then AISCS). "In the walk-a-thon we raised about $2,000 for Reach Shirati. The next year we had another walk-a-thon in which we raised another $3,000 and as a class we sewed book bags and sent them over to the school in Shirati. Since fifth grade I have been raising more money on my own with the help of my sister and my friends. "We call ourselves “Kids for Shirati” this includes classmates and friends - about 8 kids altogether, We have been holding bake sales and raised over $4,000. In our latest efforts we have raised $2,000 of that amount toward the cost of building a third water tank in the village of Nyamagongo. Our goal is to raise $8,000 by the end of June 2016 through bake sales, Go Fund Me, and a silent auction. I really look forward to going to Shirati with my family this summer to help build the water tank that we are raising money for. I really want to thank everyone who has helped and guided me, including my teachers, my family, and Laura Mason. This project has became one of the biggest driving forces in my life. Samuel Kaplan-Pettustacie, Berkeley, California, February 2016

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Today's 'word' of the day is a familiar daily greeting: How are you? = UKO VIZURI? We hope you are sharing a beautiful moment in life with your loved ones on this day. Please consider helping us make a difference in many lives by donating to our efforts. http://www.reachshirati.org/#!join-in/bspg4

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How about a new word of the week? This one is one of our favorites: Jamii = Community. This word means so much to our donors and supporters in California because despite the distance (15,197 km or 9445 miles) between them and the Shirati residents we serve, we are all in the same community with each other. Asante Sana.

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Another word of the week for you! NIPIGIE SIMU = Call Me! During our fundraising activities in April and May we give a call out to our donors and supporters to help us secure funding for our projects. Would you like to help us provide opportunity through education, healthcare and community development? You can DONATE, volunteer and even help us fundraise. And please share our website and the stories of our work. Asante Sana! http://www.reachshirati.org/#!join-in/bspg4

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