Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

PRECIOUS PROJECT INC

Everyone Deserves a Chance

Brookline, MA

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

2014

Co-Founder/Director

Gil Williams

President

Elliot Kronstein

Main Address

77 Parkman St.

Brookline, MA 02446 USA

Keywords

Education, Tanzania, Children's Home, Sustainable Agriculture, Women's Empowerment

EIN

47-1281673

 Number

7494109787

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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 Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children's Home

Precious Primary School

Women's Empowerment

Sustainability

Technology for Education

Precious Secondary School

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children who have access to education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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 2019, Precious Primary School ranked 157 out of 7100 schools in Tanzania.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Parents,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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 system.

Number of jobs created and maintained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

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.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 students and make sure needy students in our community benefit from our school, 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 42 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.

Precious Project's co-founders and board members are on campus in Tanzania five months out of the year and provide regular oversight for the project's goals and objectives. Our Tanzanian leaders are providing quarterly reports on programming and we're tracking the success of our various projects. Precious Project is also considering contracting with a consultant to improve our monitoring and evaluation framework.

The Precious English Medium Primary School - the cornerstone of Precious Project - opened its doors in January 2016 and currently provides a quality education for 305 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. Also in 2018, Precious Primary School was proud to celebrate its first graduating class of nine seventh-graders, all of whom will move on to secondary school. Precious Project recently embarked on an exciting and necessary endeavor 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 addition to providing high-quality education, Precious Project aims to model sustainability and self-sufficiency for its community and students. Our organic farm produces nutritious foods such as bananas, avocados and a variety of vegetables for the Precious Home and the Precious Primary School. The sale of excess crops provides additional income to support our projects. Precious Project has also installed water tanks to capture and filter rainwater and a biogas system. Additionally, Precious Project drilled a borehole for an artesian well, which augments the farm’s rainwater collection while also supplying fresh water to the nearby public school and abutting neighbors. In 2018, Precious Project installed solar panels which provide enough electricity to meet the needs of the school, home and other facilities on campus. The chicken coop was expanded to house 300 chickens, whose meat and eggs feed the Precious community, provide fertilizer and an additional source of revenue. 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.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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