Monday, October 12, 2015

Vive La France!

Good morning, merry Monday, and happy Columbus Day, people!

Why so chipper, you ask?  Well, because I am pleased to finally be able to announce in no uncertain terms the landing of our first grant here at The Toa Nafasi Project!!

Last year, I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of a lovely young lady named Sara whose family runs a charitable foundation out of their native France called Masalina.  Turns out Sara and her family have spent considerable time in Tanzania, mostly Arusha, and had heard about Toa Nafasi through a mutual friend.

Their interest piqued, Sara represented the family at last year's "friend-raiser" in DC where she met me, Angi, and crew, and learned about the activities of the Project in detail.  She urged me to apply for funding and once Rhiannon joined us in April this year, we were finally able to bang it out.

Shortly thereafter, I was sent the following letter (translated from the French), but was wary of publicizing the award prior to having the money in the bank, as it were.  Well, the check has now cleared, so pop open the champagne and laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Toa Nafasi Project has officially diversified its sources of funding and, as grant begets grant, we are hopeful that this is the first of many!!



The board of the Masalina Foundation has ruled at its meeting of May 19, on the grant request presented by the Toa Nafasi organization for children with learning difficulties in the village of Msaranga in Kilimanjaro region.

I am glad to inform you that the members of the Board with the favorable opinion of the Founders, have decided to grant you support amounting to X Euros to help finance the Toa Nafasi program allowing the development of every Tanzanian child taking into account their strengths and weaknesses in conjunction with teachers and parents.

With my best wishes for the continuation of your actions, please Madam, accept the expression of my respectful homage.

Thank you, merci, and asante to Sara, her family, and everyone at Masalina!!

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