Toa Tumaini Foundation Inc

To GIve Hope

aka Project Hope   |   Sheboygan, WI   |  www.toatumaini.org

Mission

​We seek to empower, advocate for, support and love some of rural Tanzania's most vulnerable children by means of education, community investment and sustainability.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder

Kelsey Potter

Main address

PO Box 263

Sheboygan, WI 53082 USA

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Formerly known as

Hope Kariwa Foundation

EIN

46-2518644

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Tanzania, many children and families in poverty lack access to quality education. Due to restricted financial means, guardians struggle to cover the costs of education. In turn, children are less likely to enter nursery school at a desired age, and therefore, less likely to enter primary school at an appropriate age. A later entrance to primary school is linked with a higher dropout rate and a lower completion rate of secondary education. Educating vulnerable children will help break the cycle of poverty and empower generations of Tanzania’s future, giving them hope for tomorrow. Toa Tumaini Foundation, Inc. exists, in partnership with local Tanzanians, to empower and educate these specific children.

Our programs

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

Project Hope Nursery School

When Toa Tumaini Foundation was first founded, the children of rural villages were our main focus. In 2012 we opened Project Hope Nursery School in Rau. Through PH Nursery we were able to help over 40 children enroll in class, begin the education they deserve and prepare them for future schooling. The key to a child's ability and desire to continue in their academics is to start them at a young age. Without a proper base education, children often find themselves struggling with and dropping out of primary and secondary schools.

This school now has three classrooms, three teachers, one cook, and provides education and one meal per day to over 70 children.

Population(s) Served

This program was designed to help us assist our older children in accessing primary and secondary school. With this program we have been able to help over 40 children continue their education and pursue their dreams. As children graduate our Project Hope Nursery School we connect them with sponsors to cover education fees (entrance exams, teacher salaries, uniforms, school supplies) and assist them with enrollment and health insurance.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Toa Tumaini Foundation, Inc. has been in operation since March of 2012. Since inception it has been our mission is to empower, advocate for, support, and love some of rural Tanzania’s most vulnerable children by means of education, community investment and sustainability. We work in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, supporting the villages of Rau and Mserekia. Education is our main priority; we provide free nursery education and assist families in the costs associated with primary and secondary schools as well. Students range in age from two years old up to 15 years old based on their level of education.

Here at Toa Tumaini Foundation we partner with local Tanzanians to support their efforts in improving the lives of vulnerable populations. Our main focus is on education; we fund a school, called Project Hope and run a sponsorship program, allowing access education and healthcare. Ask us about sponsoring a child today! We also recognize the importance of community investment and fulfill this through means of home visits, community meetings, employment opportunities and partnerships. Our long-term goal is to open our own nursery and primary school. Opening our own school will allow us to further invest in our students and community, maintain sustainability, and grow our services.

Our current day to day operations include:
-Nursery school education of roughly 55 students ages two to eight.
-Nutrition in the form of one meal per day for every nursery school student
-Extra classes three days per week with our 51 graduated primary school students
-Healthcare provision for each primary student and high needs nursery students
-Primary school staff check-ins with families/guardians
-Home visits with the families of all of our children
-Fundraising efforts to build our school

In every step of our work, we directly partner with and support the hopes and dreams of local Tanzanians. Many charities exist to better the lives of people in need throughout the world but it is our belief that we cannot better someone’s life without their input and partnership. Walking alongside locals ensures that our work aligns with the culture, desires, and abilities of the country we strive to support. Our US Team is made up of a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds. The Board members’ backgrounds include healthcare, criminal justice, early childhood education, business, nonprofit management and volunteer coordination. Through this varied expertise we have the ability to succeed in each necessary area. Our on ground, Tanzanian team includes individuals with backgrounds in education, cooking, agriculture, and management. In addition to their beneficial backgrounds, their community connections and knowledge of local needs makes their participation invaluable to all aspects of our work.

When we opened our doors at our first nursery school space we welcomed 13 children and employed one teacher. Though small and humble, we found great success. Through community member and local government referrals our numbers began to increase. In our second through fourth years in operation we accommodated our growth by building additional classrooms and hiring a second teacher. Eventually, we moved to our current building in order to provide the children with more space for recess and outdoor learning, along with a third classroom and private bathrooms. Presently we are proud to say that we support just under 100 children and employ three teachers and one cook. Our growth has only been stunted by our lack of space. This is why our long term goal is to build and open our own school building, which will allow us to expand our reach with a goal of educating up to 300 children and employing a minimum of nine teachers, along with cooks and support staff. We are currently in the process of raising funds for our PLANTING ROOTS CAMPAIGN; which entails purchasing land and building a school for our programs.

Financials

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Toa Tumaini Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hulet

David Hulet

Aaron Potter

Caitlin McCaliano

Hannah Ruplinger

Primary Care Associates of Appleton LTD

Mitch Hulet

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.