Founded in 2009 by Monika Fox, Give a Heart to Africa (GHTA) is a non-profit organization in Moshi, Tanzania that empowers women with the skills to improve their situations and pull themselves out of poverty.  GHTA accomplishes this by providing free English, business and vocational training. GHTA also runs a Women’s Co-Operative retail space where select graduates of the school can get their business started for one year, while giving them the training and confidence to go at it on their own. These programs equip women with the skills to gain more lucrative employment which in turn allows them to better support their families.  This approach also helps the future generations of Tanzanian women by giving their children higher expectations of what they can achieve in life. GHTA is unique in that it is 100% volunteer-run, so every penny of volunteer fees and donations go to running the program.  The funds raised by the Kilimanjaro event will allow GHTA to offer a vital computer class for students as well as obtain technology and resources that will better prepare the students for success when they graduate.

The mission of BEADS for Education is to improve the status of women in Kenya through girls’ education and business development. Founded in 1993 by Debby Rooney and Lisa Stevens, BEADS matches girls with sponsors and helps Kenyan women sell hand-crafted beaded necklaces, bracelets and baskets to help pay for girls’ education. Education for these girls allows them to be able to have a career of their choosing and improve the standard of living for themselves and their families. To date, BEADS has sponsored hundreds of girls from third grade through college. 100% of the sponsor’s donations go toward each girl’s school fees, and it is expected that every Maasai family will contribute a minimum of 5% to their daughter’s school fees as well. This structure ensures that the family is also committed to their daughter’s education, a critical element for success. BEADS has also built three libraries, an elementary school and a high school for girls in Kenya. The funds raised by the Kilimanjaro event will fund the building of a soccer field on the Tembea Girls High School campus, and will go towards supporting their physical education program.