International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Tandana Foundation Inc

  • Spring Valley, OH
  • www.tandanafoundation.org

Mission Statement

The expressed mission of The Tandana Foundation is:

To empower
individuals of various cultural backgrounds with an increased awareness
of the world, other cultures, themselves, and an expanded sense of
their possibilities;

To promote positive, caring interactions
between people of different backgrounds and encourage consideration and
lessening of global inequalities;

To promote respect and responsibility toward one's self, all people, and the Earth.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
  2. Community Projects
  3. Volunteer Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Tandana coordinates service projects and volunteer vacations in Highland Ecuador and Mali's Dogon Country.  It offers scholarships to rural students in the Otavalo Canton of Ecuador and assists with community projects in that same region and in the Circle of Bandiagara, Region of Mopti, Mali.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Anna Taft

Keywords

Self-reported

international volunteer opportunities, Ecuador, Mali, volunteer vacations, overseas scholarships, overseas community development

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Also Known As

Tandana Foundation

EIN

20-4748423

 Number

6829233484

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We received 501c3 status in late 2006 and since then have coordinated thirteen volunteer programs in Ecuador and two in Mali, which have allowed approximately 140 North Americans to volunteer their services to help 17 rural communities in Ecuador and 2 villages in Mali, while learning about the local cultures and forming cross-cultural friendships.  Ten of these programs were focused on health care and allowed our volunteer healthcare providers to treat over 2,000 patients in 17 communities.  One program was focused on education and allowed us to provide free English courses for approximately 50 local students.  Other programs have allowed us to support community projects such as the paving of a patio for a community center, the construction of a bathroom for a kindergarten, the planting of fruit trees in a school garden, and the building of a storehouse for a village grain bank.  Through our grants program, we have provided funding for four community initiatives in Mali, including the creation of a grain bank, the beginning of two school gardens, and the restoration of a well; and one community initiative in Ecuador: the creation of a school computer lab. We have also supported 30 rural Ecuadorian students by covering the various costs necessary for them to attend secondary school.  This summer we offered free English classes, attended by 80 students, and math classes, attended by 30 students, for our scholarship students and others in their communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships

We offer rural Ecuadorian students funding for uniforms, books,
supplies, transportation, and other costs so that they can continue
their secondary education.  For the 2009-2010 school year, we are
supporting 47 students, and we hope to increase that number next year.

We
have also offered Ecuadorian youth the chance to participate in
experiential education programs--opportunities that allow them to
realize dreams they never imagined would be possible.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Community Projects

We offer small grants for locally-initiated projects
in Mali and Ecuador that enhance education or address basic needs. You
can donate directly to a specific project or to our general fund.  Some
projects we would like to support include:


creation of a well and a wall for a dormitory in Bandiagara, Mali(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/internat_scolaire.html)

expansion
of the "Heritage Class" that allows students from Bandiagara, Mali to
travel to important sites in their region and learn about the local
cultures and history(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/heritage_class.html)



Projects we have funded 2007 - 2009:

creation of a grain bank in Kansongho, Mali(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/grain_bank.html)

creation of a computer lab for the Alejandro Chavez Intercultural Bilingual School in Gualsaqui, Ecuador(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/computers.html)

creation of a school garden in Kori-Maounde, Mali(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/kori-maounde.html)

restoration of a well in Kansongho, Mali(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/kansongho_well.html)

creation of a school garden in Tereli, Mali(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/terely.html)

expansion
of the "Heritage Class" that allows students from Bandiagara, Mali to
travel to important sites in their region and learn about the local
cultures and history(http://sitekreator.com/tandana/heritage_class.html)

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$18,000.00

Program 3

Volunteer Programs

The Tandana Foundation offers volunteer vacations for
adults and families.  These trips bring together diverse groups of
individuals united by a desire to learn, grow, share and contribute in
the communities they visit.  They offer opportunities to experience
life in Ecuadorian or Malian communities; exchange ideas with locals of
different perspectives, ages, and vocations; and to give and receive
joy. 

The Tandana Foundation also coordinates service projects that give groups a chance to make a
difference in the lives of rural Ecuadorians or Malians while becoming
part of the community they serve.  These groups can stay with host families or in a
community building, eat local foods with their hosts, help villagers
replace inadequate drinking water pipes or paint their community
center, harvest corn and use its flour to bake bread, hike to sacred
places while hearing legends about their importance, and play games
with schoolchildren.  The project and activities are customized to meet the needs of the groups.

In 2008, We coordinated six volunteer programs in Ecuador, which allowed 57 North Americans to volunteer their services to help 15 rural communities in Ecuador, while learning about the local culture.  Five of these programs were focused on health care, and allowed our volunteer healthcare providers to treat 1,022 patients in 14 communities.  The other program was focused on education and allowed us to provide free English courses for approximately 50 local students.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Tandana coordinates service projects and volunteer vacations in Highland Ecuador and Mali's Dogon Country.  It offers scholarships to rural students in the Otavalo Canton of Ecuador and assists with community projects in that same region and in the Circle of Bandiagara, Region of Mopti, Mali.

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Principal Officer

Anna Taft

BIO

Anna Taft grew up in Ohio. After high school graduation, she spent four
months in Panecillo, Ecuador, where she taught at a local elementary
school.  In 2002, Anna graduated magna cum laude from Whitman College
with a Bachelor's degree in Politics and a minor in Environmental
Studies.  She has taught Spanish, history, and literature for The
Traveling School while leading high school girls through the Andes or
New Zealand.  Her experience also includes 8 summers leading teenagers
in wilderness and community service programs as field staff at Deer
Hill Expeditions in southwestern Colorado. She began The Tandana
Foundation in 2004 to increase the opportunities for cross-cultural
sharing in experiential education programs.  In 2006, she spent four
months in Mali to learn about a completely different cultural world and
contribute to community projects.  Anna is fluent in English, Spanish,
and French, and conversational in Kichwa and Dogon.  She enjoys
backpacking, rafting, reading, and writing. 

Anna enjoys
offering others opportunities to grow through new experiences and
reflection. She appreciates the power of cross-cultural friendships to
change our views of the world and help us better understand what it is
to live as a human being on this Earth.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hope Taft

No Affiliation

Term: Dec 2006 - Dec 2009

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