Education

Godparents for Tanzania

  • Roanoke, VA
  • http://www.godparents4tz.org

Mission Statement

Godparents for Tanzania creates opportunities to live lives of self-sufficiency and promise by investing in education and building relationships between sponsors and Tanzanian youth.

Service Areas

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International

Godparents for Tanzania provides educational opportunities for young people in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions of northern Tanzania, East Africa.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Rev. Dwayne Westermann

Keywords

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Tanzania education

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EIN

56-2352150

 Number

6794773387

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Godparents for Tanzania is called to do what is just by sharing our abundance and being accountable in using every gift to significantly improve the quality of life for the people of Tanzania.

Programs

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Program 1

We provide scholarships to more than 140 students in the Kilimanjaro and Karatu regions of northern Tanzania. The majority of our students are in secondary school and university. Godparents for Tanzania also supports projects that are helping to educate children and youth, including the Hai Technical Training Centre, the Door of Hope Maasai Ministry, Bashay Primary School and the Mongai Parish Vocational Training School. Planning is underway for a computer training facility at the Karatu Vocational Training School. We can take you there through our travel program, Discovery Safaris.

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Budget

Service Areas

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International

Godparents for Tanzania provides educational opportunities for young people in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions of northern Tanzania, East Africa.

Funding Needs

Funding is needed for individual student scholarships at $540/year.   Funding is needed for operating costs to cover an annual budget of approximately $85,000/year.

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GODPARENTS FOR TANZANIA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Godparents for Tanzania

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rev. Dwayne Westermann

BIO

An ordained Lutheran Church in America pastor who took early retirement in 2007 to work as a full-time volunteer for Godparents for Tanzania. Pastor Westermann has traveled to Tanzania annually since 1998 to encourage the development of our organization and to lead Discovery Safari trips, Godparents for Tanzania's travel program.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We believe that the most effective long-term strategy for combating hunger and disease in developing countries is the education of indigenous children and youth.
     We believe that the most qualified people in the world to deal with developmental issues in Tanzania are well-educated Tanzanians.

     We believe no one is more highly motivated nor more committed and competent to confront the issues of people living in poverty than those who have lived in poverty and have been given the tools to improve their lives which only education can provide.

     We believe that education is the best hope and greatest asset we can provide to young people who want desperately to change their lives and their world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev Dwayne Westermann

Retired Pastor, Virginia Synod, ELCA

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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