PRECIOUS PROJECT INC

Everyone Deserves a Chance

Dedham, MA   |  www.preciousproject.org

Mission

The mission of Precious Project is to offer high quality education and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Tanzania. We partner with the local community to provide a Primary School, Children's Home, Community Center and an organic farm, and improve agricultural development through sustainable environmental practices. Precious Project also supports women's empowerment groups that foster economic self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Founder/Director

Gil Williams

President

Elliot Kronstein

Main address

231 Bussey St.

Dedham, MA 02026 USA

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EIN

47-1281673

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Precious Project is located in a small, farming village in rural Tanzania. Many of these families live on less than a dollar a day. When the rains don't come; they don't eat. Precious Project chose this village to make an impact, taking a community-driven approach to alleviating poverty. We aim to provide high quality education in an environment where school isn't an option for many young children. We are also providing a quality home for vulnerable children with nowhere else to go. Since our community relies on farming, we are invested in modeling sustainable agriculture for our neighbors. Finally, we're empowering women in our community by coordinating a savings and loan group to help these women better care for their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Children's Home

The Precious Children’s Home provides a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for children at risk. The small “family” home moved in 2014 from a cramped rented cement block with nine children to a beautiful permanent home, which now houses 29 residential children. “Mamas”, an affectionate name given to the women who watch over the children, provide daily loving care as well as cook, clean, and do the laundry. All the children’s needs are provided for including their education and health care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

In October 2015, Precious Project completed construction of a 10-room primary school to address the educational challenges in the Tanzanian village of Nshupu. The Precious English Medium Primary School - the cornerstone of Precious Project - opened its doors in January 2016 and currently provides a quality education for 400+ children from six surrounding villages. Precious Primary School students begin as early as age 3 in the preschool (or “baby class”) and matriculate through seventh grade. The primary school has thrived during its inaugural years, as 2018 Tanzanian National Exam results listed the top 25 students in the District as attendees of Precious Primary School. In 2021, Precious Primary School ranked #1 in the district, #9 in the region and #81 in Tanzania. To date, all Precious Primary School graduates have moved on to secondary school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Precious Project helps village women create and manage their own self-help groups. Groups comprise approximately 30 members. Each group creates a savings and loan program, has its own by-laws, and determines the terms and conditions of loans including the interest rate. Groups meet weekly to pool their savings, repay loans, and vote on who will receive a new round of loans. Members use their loans to start or expand micro-businesses, pay school tuition fees for their children, and to cover unanticipated expenses, such as food, medicine, or other needs. As loans are repaid and new loans are made, the accrued interest expands the amount of money available for future loans.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Precious Project aims to model sustainability and self-sufficiency for its community and students. Our 12-acre organic farm produces nutritious foods such as bananas, avocados, grains, legumes, and a variety of vegetables to feed our residential children, students, and faculty. The sale of excess crops provides additional income to support our projects. The newly expanded poultry coop provides meat and eggs to feed the Precious community, provide fertilizer and an additional source of revenue. Solar panels at both campus locations provide enough electricity to meet the needs of the schools, home and other facilities. Precious Project continues to hold workshops for its staff, families and the greater community which cover a range of topics from women’s health, to small business and entrepreneurship, to making sack gardens, to mental health, domestic and child abuse awareness trainings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Precious Project seeks to leverage information & communications technology (“ICT”) to boost student learning and performance, bridge the education gap in Tanzania's primary education, and prepare its young citizens with the knowledge and skills to participate in the digital world economy. Precious' ICT project efforts are multifaceted to maximize the project's success and focuses on implementing technology that is easy and intuitive for children to use, not dependent on reliable electricity or the Internet, and simple to maintain.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2018, Precious Project Board members unanimously agreed to build a secondary school in order to further the education of Precious Primary School graduates. The decision was driven by the fact there are no quality public secondary schools nearby, and even these Government-funded schools require a fee that many families cannot afford. A Precious Secondary School would offer continued high quality education to Precious students with the aim to prepare them for college or university admission. In 2019 and 2020, capital funds were raised to secure land and build the secondary school. Twenty-one acres of land were purchased for the site of the secondary school, 12 acres of which was immediately cultivated into farmland to supply additional food for the primary school, home, and eventual secondary school. In 2021 construction of the secondary school was completed as planned, and the secondary school opened its doors in January 2022.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Precious Primary School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Precious Primary School opened its doors in 2016. Students begin as early as age 3 in the preschool (or “baby class”) and matriculate through seventh grade.

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Precious Primary School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tanzanian National Exams are given in 4th and 7th grade. 100% of our students have passed these exams each year. In 2021, our primary school ranked #1 in district, #9 in region and #81 in Tanzania.

Number of trainees successfully carrying out desired practices at least once to appropriate problems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Parents, Unemployed people

Related Program

Women's Empowerment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Women's Savings and Loans groups meet weekly to start or expand micro-businesses, pay school tuition fees for their children, and to cover expenses such as food and medicine.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Sustainability

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Precious Project uses its land to cultivate organic produce to feed our children and model sustainable agriculture for the community. We've installed a biogas, rain water catchment and solar systems.

Number of jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Sustainability

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Precious Project employs a range of local Tanzanian staff members such as: school administrators, teachers, cooks, cleaners, farmers, home caregivers, bus drivers, an accountant and a social worker.

Number of children living away from home who have had no more than 3 placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Children's Home

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Precious Children’s Home provides a permanent, safe, nurturing and healthy home for children at risk. All the children’s needs are provided for including their education and health care.

Number of parents, community members, and non-teaching staff helping to set goals for the school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Precious Primary School

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Parents/guardians are required to attend 5 annual meetings to inform school goals and policies. The number of 180 parent/guardian attendees/year is a general estimate.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Since its inception in 2011, Precious Project has become an integral part of the Nshupu community. We are the safety net for many of these rural families, who would have very little support otherwise. We are committed to growing the project at a sustainable rate, while meeting the needs of this community. Our overall goals are to provide quality care for the vulnerable children at our home, provide top-notch education for our primary and secondary students, encourage sustainable farming practices so area farmers can become more productive and food secure, and to empower women to increase their financial stability.

To ensure academic excellence, Precious Project is maximizing a network of qualified volunteers to leverage their expertise to enhance our programming. We have a technology consultant who is donating her services to provide equipment, training, and support to bring technology to our primary school. We are the only school in the area that is using iPads and blended learning techniques with primary students. We are also working with a life-long educator to provide teacher training. This former principal spends one month every year in Tanzania to help improve our teaching techniques and provides ongoing support abroad.

Precious Project is committed to expanding our capabilities to improve our community. We employ 88 Tanzanians who run the project on the ground, as well as, provide professional oversight from our co-founders and board of directors, and a small, but efficient, support staff in the U.S.

The Precious English Medium Primary School - the cornerstone of Precious Project - opened its doors in January 2016 and currently provides a quality education for over 400 children from six surrounding villages. The primary school has thrived during its inaugural years, as 2018 Tanzanian National Exam results listed the top 25 students in the District as attendees of Precious Primary School. . In 2021, Precious Primary School ranked #1 in the district, #9 in the region and #81 in Tanzania. To date, all Precious Primary School graduates have moved on to secondary school.

In 2018, Precious Project Board members unanimously agreed to build a secondary school in order to further the education of Precious Primary School graduates. The decision was driven by the fact that there are no quality public secondary schools nearby, and even these Government-funded schools require a fee that many families cannot afford. A Precious Secondary School would offer continued high-quality education to Precious students with the aim to prepare them for college or university admission. In 2019 and 2020, capital funds were raised to secure land and build the secondary school. Twenty-one acres of land were purchased for the site of the secondary school, 12 acres of which was immediately cultivated into farmland to supply additional food for the primary school, home, and eventual secondary school. In 2021 construction of the secondary school was completed as planned, and the secondary school opened its doors in January 2022.

In addition to providing high-quality education, Precious Project aims to model sustainability and self-sufficiency for its community and students. Our 12-acre organic farm produces nutritious foods such as bananas, avocados, grains, legumes, and a variety of vegetables to feed our residential children, students, and faculty. The sale of excess crops provides additional income to support our projects. The newly expanded poultry coop provides meat and eggs to feed the Precious community, provide fertilizer and an additional source of revenue. Solar panels at both campus locations provide enough electricity to meet the needs of the schools, home and other facilities. Precious Project continues to hold workshops for its staff, families and the greater community which cover a range of topics from women’s health, to small business and entrepreneurship, to making sack gardens, to mental health, domestic and child abuse awareness trainings.

Financials

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PRECIOUS PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 06/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chuck Phillips

Matthew Gardner

Chuck Phillips

Susie Rheault

Gil Williams

Elliot Kronstein

Jules Clark

James Logan

Barbara Hazard

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

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