Friday, March 27, 2015

Update: Mama Teddy and the Girls

Update: Mama Teddy

If you follow us on Facebook, WalkinLove Tanzania, then you are probably wondering why Teddy and Irene are at the WIL Community Center. To answer this question, I will take you back a couple of days….

On Wednesday, March 25, myself, Neema and Dolly packed up and headed to Karatu to visit Mama Teddy. This was a suprise visit and we were hoping to find the family happy and healthy as we had so many times before.  

Mama Teddy and her girls were the first outreach family that WIL started working with. I met them in June 26, 2012 when Mama Teddy approached the orphanage director I was sitting
Teddy and Irene the first day we met them 2012
 with. She asked her to please take her girls to the orphanage. I had been on many trips with directors of orphanages when they took children from their families and placed then in the orphanages. I never once felt right about it because I could always see the potential for the child to stay where they belong, in their families. I believe in giving the families that chance, supporting them before making the decision to place them some where else. This decision should be a tough one, a long thought out one, not a hasty one.    It is a heartbreaking moment and should not be taken lightly. There is always someone to love that child but as this story winds down we will realize that sometimes love isn’t enough. Click here to go to the original blog written about Mama Teddy in June, 2012.


Mama Teddy asked the orphanage director to take her children but I spoke up. She was crying, she was shaking, she did not want to go through with it but she did not believe she had another choice, until I gave her one. We went to her home and we made a plan. She was happy, she was grateful, she wanted to keep her baby girls. For the next 2 and a half years we visited monthly to make sure the little family was doing well and they were, for a long time. A few months back we started getting concerned. Mama Teddy was drinking, we heard she stopped doing her business and the girls were not in school on a regular basis.

Teddy and Irene on one of our visits 2012
That brings us to our surprise visit on Wednesday. We arrived at Mama Teddy’s home at 8:45 am. She was not at home so we went to the school to pay tuition and see how the girls were. When we got there the teacher informed us that Teddy hadn’t been to school in weeks and Irene was not in attendance that day either. We grew very concerned and went back to Mama Teddy’s house. Neema began speaking to the neighbors, who are always a good source of reliable information. The neighbors told us that it was true, Mama Teddy had been drinking and was no longer doing her business. They told us she was in trouble with the police and the girls were no longer being taken care of properly, in fact, they had not seen Teddy in weeks. A few minutes later Mama Teddy appeared with Irene in tow. She was drunk.

Teddy's first day of school 2014
Neema asked her about Teddy and after a few different stories and 20 minutes later Mama Teddy was on her way to collect Teddy for a village an hour away. We took Irene to a local café to discuss our options. We spoke to the community leader, who agreed with the neighbors, Teddy and Irene were no longer being properly taken care of and needed a safe place to go. When Mama Teddy came back with Teddy we asked her if she wanted us to take the girls, just temporaily, for the time being. Maybe she would get the help she needed. This time, two and a half year later, she agreed. She did not shed any tears. She did not hesitate because even she knew she was failing her baby girls at that point in time. She didn’t cry, instead she exchanged smiles and giggles with Irene. She held Teddy’s hand and led her to the car. She waived as we left. The girls happily waived back.


The family getting a water filter, Dec 2013
  We now have temporary custody of Teddy and Irene. They are safe, they are happy, they are clean and I suspect for the first time in a long time, their bellies are full. This is not what we wanted. This is what we have worked so hard to avoid, for 2 and a half years, but if you know anyone with an addiction to alcohol or drugs then you are probably familiar with this scenario. Mama Teddy loves her girls and her girls love her but Mama Teddy could no longer provide a safe and healthy environment for her girls and she knew it. We want to keep as many families together as possible and we have succeeded time and time again but the children’s safety is our first priority. Now, we need to make a long term solution for Teddy and Irene.


Almost a year ago I had the idea to build up the  non-exsistent foster care system in Arusha. Children go into orphanages, not foster homes. I think we can do better. I think we can find foster homes for these kiddos, whether they are orphaned, abandoned or at-risk.  Social welfare in Arusha backs us up. They too believe children belong in familes and that before a child goes into an orphanage they should first get the chance to be fostered. This has only been a dream, an idea, until now. Now it is a necessity. Now, we have two little girls who desperately need a place to call home. I could not bare to put them into an orphanage and let them become another number, another so called orphan.

In the car on our way to Arusha on Wednesday
Neema and I had already gone over a plan for foster children because Teddy and Irene are not the only children we were worried about. We have also started the process to help three other children out of their current situations so they could become a part of a loving family. Luckily, we had already identified a foster mama. A wonderful mama, Mama Joshua. Mama Joshua came forward and said she would take in children who needed a home. So, Teddy and Irene are now living with Mama Joshua. Our first foster family. We will return to Karatu next week to visit with Mama Teddy and make a long term plan. We will do everything in our power to make sure Mama Teddy sees her girls at least once per month and we hope they will always remain close and possibly even move home one day. This all depends on Mama Teddy tho, she will need to prove to social welfare that she can be a good mama, again.

But we need your help. I could not leave the girls with their mom even tho I knew we do not have the budget to support the girls long term. We can use emergency funds for the time being but in order to make sure our first foster family is successful we are looking for sponsors to help pay for school, food, rent, and miscellaneous items. Teddy and Irene are not currently sponsored.  I have estimated that we will need $100 per foster child per month. We do not require that one person sponsor a child, but we are happy to split it up into as low as $10 per month. Do you have 9 friends that could spare $10 per month to sponsor Teddy or Irene?

We want to rent out houses close to the center for the foster families to live in for the time being. None of our foster families currently have large enough living facilities to take on more children, most live in one room homes. We do plan to build a larger campus next year that will include our maternity home, Welcome Home as well as foster homes sprinkled amongst the village we are building in.  Foster families are the last option. We will never take in a child, unless they are in immediate danger, without first attempting to help the entire family out.

Thank you all for your support!

Would you like to sponsor Teddy or Irene? Please email me at believeinme.abc@gmail.com. We encourage you all to try to donate as little as $10 per month towards our foster care programs. For as little as $100 per month you can keep a child in a home, a family, and out of the orphanages. They will never be lost in the shuffle with WIL.

Please us the subscribe button to become a WIL Family Monthly Sponsor for as little as $10 per month you can give these girls the healthy, happy and loving family environment all kids deserve! Now is your chance to make sure these girls get it.


Sponsorship Options
You can also send us a one time donation, any amount will go a long way! Please use the donate button, send a donation through paypal at wilinternational.pp@gmail.com or send a check to
Walk In Love International
12802 S Arapaho Dr
Olathe, KS
66062

Walk In Love International is a registered 501 c 3 in the United States and all donations are tax deductible
Tax I.D. number 46-1050025


Irene enjoying some food!



 We were just given a load of clothing donations the day before the girls arrived. The clothing fit perfectly and the girls could not contain their excitement:)


The girls made quick friends with all the kids that attend the preschool and daycare


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Walk In Love International Annual Report

Dear Friends and Supporters of WIL,

We hope this email finds you well and enjoying 2015. We are very excited to share our annual report with you all! Wonderful things are happening in Tanzania thanks to our friends and supporters from all over the world. People like you!

The annual report is quite long so I want to make this email short and sweet. We hope you have the time to read about how we, all of us, have been giving families a choice to keep their children and how we can come together and make a difference.  We believe the women and children can have a better future when we give them the tools and support to do so!

We are always looking for child and monthly sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a child you can meet the kids HERE! For as little as $40 per month you can give a child an education and a better chance!

I, founder and on-site director, will be visiting the United States this summer! While I am in the states I would like to spread the word about Walk In Love! We have some ambitious goals for 2015/2016 and we need to get the word out about the work WIL is doing. If you or your group (church, rotary, school, youth group) would like to meet me please email me at walkinlovetanzania@gmail.com. I will also be organizing Walk in Love, Made with Love parties! 

I will also be carrying handmade quilts and lot of other goodies from our Women Empowerment Program, Walk in Love, Made with Love. If you are interested in purchasing a handmade custom quilt please check out our Etsy Store and please make your order before April 1st!

Please enjoy our annual report!

















Monday, February 2, 2015

Volunteer Blog: Jeanettes first two weeks at WIL!

Jeanette volunteered with WIL November-December 2014. Please take a minute to read about her first two weeks at WIL!

Hi all, From Tanzania Some news. Last thursday I arrived in Arusha, Tanzania. I live here outside of town in a house with two other volunteers. Daily we take the Dala -Dala to our project Walk in Love. I stay for 4 weeks and after my work Ard-Jan Will come to visit me and see what I have done.
Walk in Love project assists and supports families that are struggling to keep their children in their home or community. Walk in Love provides a safe place for children to come during the day where they are cared for. Now 32 kids Age from 8 months till 11 years. It's good to see that the nanny 's do everything for them. For me it feels great to help them with it. Ofcourse a lot of friends in Holland ( and Singapore) supported me and not only with money but also with clothes and toys. Yesterday all children got this surprise. Also One of my friends nitted baby hats. It's great to see the little ones with it. Today tasted Ugali, flower, tomato sauce, potatoes and spinach. good to know: you have to eat with your hands. Strange for us and we mess with food but the children don't.
Now after one week I can say that I get used to the " african time" . So don't rush and go with the flow. Swahili language is not easy and at the project English is hardly spoken, so that's a nice challenge but I have almost 5 more weeks to go. Everyday I try to talk with locals and they are very helpfull with it. Keep in contact and ofcourse Some photo's of these lovely children. Kwaheri!!!


Two nice weeks at the Walk in Love
After getting used to the african life I feel good here. The project is amazing with a good vision of the manager Aubree. Experience is that children going well as long as they can stay with family members at their home and not in orphanage. So I know that the money which my family and friends have donated Will come at the right place. With all that money we can give all the familys ( 32) a great gift before school holiday will start in december.
I brought a suitcase filled with clothes for the children and together with Neema we distribute it to the children. The daycare is great and it's good to be part of this all. With the nanny's I have a good contact and I investigate what they need at the moment. We have a lot of fun which is good.


"Because African culture is so different compared to the Dutch 
one, I hope we can help them to see what they can do to make
it better for their children and themselves.
I'm not going to change that in a few weeks but I can help to make a start."

One of the things is the shop where the tailors can sell their own made clothes. It's lovely what they have done right now but they don't have a place to show all the nice dresses, laptopbags and other things.
On december 4th the shop is ready to open. After a few days cleaning ,painting the walls, decorating the ceiling and the doors with the nanny's and the tailors their is now a room where it's nice to go into and buy something new.
Hopefully this is the start of raising some money for the project which they can do themselves. This must be great!!!!
I'm proud of all the help from everyone in such a short time…..


With my friends Marian en Tirza we made a beautiful wall with a white heart and all the foodprints of the children and nanny's on the wall: WALK IN LOVE!!!! Great it was fun to do this.
Kwaheri!


UPDATE:
The WIL Shop is up, running and bringing in much needed money to help run the center and support all the hard working mamas. Along with Dolly, the women are working the shop Thursday-Saturday. 
Thank you Jeanette and everyone who donated to make this possible! We relay on donations to help us run the center but now we can move forward to making WIL a more self sustaining project!





Thank You Jeanette!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Walk In Love Newsletter, September 2014



        Walk In Love International
                             
         Newsletter - September 2014
( stay up to date on what is going on at WIL inTanzania please friend us on FB, WalkinLove Tanzania)

Walk in Love International is a small grassroots NGO registered in the USA and Tanzania, East Africa. Walk In Love (WIL) was founded by an American woman, Aubree Packard, who moved to Arusha, Tanzania with her husband. She volunteered with several organizations until she decided to start her own NGO. She let the community tell her what they needed instead of imposing western ideas on the community. The community told her what they needed and how their needs were not being met by the immediate organizations working in the area. 

Many of the NGO's working in Arusha were only placing a band aid over the real problems. There are a lot of baby homes in Arusha, too many. The baby homes are merely placing a band-aid over the real issues. These homes will keep babies for two years and then place them back into the same circumstances they came from or just send them on to big kid orphanges. They do very little to either help a family keep the baby or help a family prepare for the arrival for the baby after two years.

 We are not saying the orphanages are doing anything wrong. They also have a mission and that mission includes the immediate needs of the babies. They do provide safe places for babies to live and grow. They are certainly saving children's lives and providing a service to the community but the issues are much deeper then providing a place for babies to live.

 One of the real problems is lack of medical care for pregnant women which leads to a high maternal death rate. When a mother dies the family can rarely afford to take care of a baby so the baby gets placed in the orphanages. This is not because the family does not want to keep the baby. Would you choose to put your son/daughter/grandbaby/ niece or nephew in an orphanage if you could keep them? It is no different here.  I have heard the cries of these families while making the only decision they can, handing their baby over to a baby home. 

WIL has given the family members a choice to keep their son/daughter/ grandchild/niece/nephew. We have opened up a community center where we offer FREE daycare and preschool where the children are given three meals per day. This gives the family an opportunity to earn money while the baby is at a safe place. We also give families of very young babies formula and monitor all the children to make sure they are healthy and growing. The WIL Community and Child Development Center is also a place where we offer free training and classes to educate the families and help them to gain employement. We offer micro loans and business counseling to any family that wants to start up their own small business. We give them the choice to keep their babies. They will never have to walk into a baby orphanage and hand their baby over. We have several children in our care that the family got to walk OUT of the baby orphanage with their children. We support them in making that decision and we are on the other side helping them to put their family back together. We recently celebrated two years working on the ground in Tanzania and we are constantly reassured that we are on the right path. Emmy and babies like Emmy remind us everyday:)

Meet Emmy
Emmy's first week at the center
       
Emmy's mother sadly passed away when Emmy was only six months old. Her father, Edward, and his mother tried to take care of Emmy. They tried to feed her but she would not take cows milk. They were desperate to not have to take Emmy to an orphanage until one day Emmy went so lethargic that Edward no longer thought he had a choice. He contacted a friend of WIL and told her that he would have to take Emmy to a baby orphanage or she would die. This friend, Felicity, knew how badly Edward wanted to keep his beloved daughter in his home so she directed him to WIL instead. Once they reached WIL Emmy did not look like she would live so the quick thinking staff took her immediately to the hospital. Once she was released from the hospital and brought back to WIL, a beautiful thing happened. One of our nannies, Julianna, was breastfeeding her son, Emma, and took Emmy and breastfed her as well. Emmy's stomach was so tiny that she did not want to eat at first, Julianna had to force this tiny baby to feed for the first couple of weeks. When Emmy was not at the center formula was provided for her to eat in the evenings and on weekends and slowly this tiny, lathargic baby started to gain weight, she started to smile, she started to giggle, she started to hit her milestones. She is now one year old. She is chubby and she is happy! She loves to talk and stand up on her own. She is with her family that loves her. She is one of the lucky ones. She and all the babies like her are why was have chosen the mission to keep families together. 
Emmy today:)

May 2014, after one month at the center

June 20th



We were also able to help a Mama bring her son home. She had to leave him with her mother in a village two days journey away from Arusha because she could no longer feed him. After two years of being away from her son we were able to help them reunite. Through micro loans, business counseling and a part time job Mama Frank was able to save the money needed to bring her son home! They are now living happily together in Arusha and Frank now attends the WIL Center. 



New Programs:
Welcome Home
Opening January 2015 


Our current programs are in place to keep the babies in the families once the mother has passed away. Now our new programs will help to keep the mother healthy throughout, during and after giving birth. Our new programs will also start combatting another real problem: young women abandoning their babies. Once again, the problem isn't that babies don't have a place to go, it is that the young mother does not have an option to keep her baby due to over whelming poverty and often times shame.

  Young girls abandon their babies because they have no jobs, they have no hope, they have no money to take care of their babies. They are often times kicked out of their family homes or are already living on the streets when they find out they are pregnant. They have not had the education and empowerment to make a choice not to get pregnant. Many women, whether they are educated or not, will get pregnant because Tanzania is a male dominated society and too often women are raped or have turned to prostitution as a means to survive.  Once the girl is pregnant the man is no where to be found. She has few options and the one that will usually win is abandoning the child. These girls usually choose to abandon in places where the babies can be found alive, but there are also far too many cases of babies being found in pit latrines (toilets), bodies of water and buried alive. These girls do not even have the option of taking the babies to the baby homes (even though this is where they are brought if they are found alive) because abandoning your baby is illegal in Tanzania and if caught the young girls will go to prison.


 What if she had a choice? 
What if there was a place for her to go to give birth to her baby safely? A place where she could live and get an education? A safe place for her and her baby to thrive? What if we, WIL, gave these young women a choice? Well, that is exactly what we are planning on doing. January 2015 we will open up a home, Welcome Home, for young mothers. We will give them a choice to keep their babies. They do not have to abandon them in the hopes someone will find them. They get to keep their baby. 

What if we could do something to help reduce the maternal death rate?
We believe we can. We will hold monthly women's health classes in our communities and the surrounding communities. We will give these women the education they need to deliver healthy babies and have a healthy delivery. We will even hand out and educate people on how to use birthing kits (in areas where there is no access to a hospital or clinic) and other medicines designed to help them survive even if there are complications. We will do prenatal health checks and provide women with prenatal vitamins. We will help them to design a birth plan and what they need to do if the baby comes early or if they are having symptoms that something is wrong with the baby. Through fundraising we hope to help any women expecting complications to give birth at the private hospital. Our maternity team will include a doula, midwife and a nurse. We will also have a doctor who will help our when needed.

In order for us to open Welcome Home in January 2015 we need to secure funding to run the home. This will be completely separate funding from the WIL Community Center. We will rent a small home near the WIL Center where the girls will live with the babies up to one year. They will receive an education and vocational training while living at the home. Every girl will have an individualized plan on how to help her succeed. More details coming soon! To learn more about Welcome Home (mission, vision, phases) please follow this link,  Welcome Home.
But for now we are looking for WH monthly sponsors! We have estimated a cost of $1000 per month to run the house with 3 girls and their babies living in the house. 
We are estimating:
 Rent: at $400 (including water and electricity)
Staffing: $200 ( guard, house mama, part time social worker)
Transportation: $100 (to and from doctors appts, to and from school, etc)
Doctor's appt: $100
Misc: $100 toiletries, clothing, bedding, ect
Food: $100
Please use the link below to become a Welcome Home monthly sponsor and to truly change the lives of our youngest mamas. All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for making a decision to make a difference!



WH Monthly Sponsor Options
The only remaining monthly cost for Welcome Home is the necessary coordination and management to make the WH projects as successful as we know they can be. Christina Reinke, an American woman who has recently joined the WIL team, will be an essential part of overseeing the everyday work of the Welcome Home programs. She has a Bachelors of Social Work with minors in English and Justice and Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has also completed courses in Doula training and done extensive research on maternal health and maternal death rate in Tanzania. She lived and worked in Tanzania for two months in 2013.  She has agreed to come to Tanzania to not only research and develop these programs but she will stay long enough to see them through and to work out any kinks that might come up. She will stay for two years and in that time she will develop, run and train a Tanzanian staff to eventually take over this project. She will live and work on site at Welcome Home. We would like to offer Christina a stipend to sustain her while she is living in Tanzania.  This stipend is included in the $300 monthly costs for the coordination and management of Welcome Home projects. The development and success of Welcome Home is dependent upon productive program coordination and project management. If you are interested in supporting the monthly management of Welcome Home, please use the donate button and specify the amount that is to be used towards the program management and coordination. Please use the 'Subscribe" button below to become a monthly management of WH supporter. General Welcome Home monthly sponsorship donations will not be used towards the monthly management.


Thank you!


Monthly Management of WH Projects







What's new at the WIL Community and Child Development Center???
Updates!

Teacher Angel has 11 years experience in an English-Medium private school. We are so happy to have her teaching our children at the WIL center.
We have been very busy updating and improving the center. Take a look and see for yourself! Updates and Improvement at the WIL Center in pictures! We now have a lunch room complete with tables and benches, shelves for centers, cubbies for each of the children to put there personal items, a changing table, push walkers for all the babies that are learning to walk, a book shelf full of the book collected by Blake!, a chalk board and desks for the preschool (donated by Knob Noster Christian Church VBS lead by Peggy Miller), and a preschool full of supplies (donated by Lora McGinn and carried over by Lori Covington), loads of needed medicine for the children and our maternal health program (donated by Ben and Lori Covington) and an amazing preschool teacher! We have been so blessed with wonderful supporters who 
collect much needed items, hold fundraisers and who support us monthly. We have been able to make this center into a daycare/preschool that could hold up anywhere in the world!!




From April 30th post:
I have to give a HUGE shout out to my cousin Blake. He held a book drive at his school for the WIL Library and brought in over 300 fantastic books for children of all ages. He even did a presentation in front of the whole school to tell them about WIL and what we are doing in Tanzania. Thanks Blake, you are one amazing little man!!! 


Our changing table made my volunteer, Derek


WIL Volunteers!
AnnaJane came to volunteer with WIL for two weeks.
She is also Zye's sponsor!

Bethan and Dan from Katz Volunteer Adventure. 

Nikki teaching her course at WIL. Thirty-five women graduated and earned a certificate.
We are honored to have Nikki and Derek Fortune volunteer with WIL for the second year in a row! Nikki has created Childcare Course that is culturally sensitive and relavent for the childcare workers and parents in Tanzania. She taught this course over a two week time span complete with classroom time and practical work everyday. Women from all walks of life attended this course and we are hoping they will take what they learned home to their children and to they childcare jobs. Thank you Nikki for sharing your knowledge to so many women in Tanznia and to all our WIL Nannies! While Nikki was teaching Derek was busy building! With help from Reuben and our boys they made a changing table, benched and a sensory table for our toddlers and special needs children. 
Ashley Ferro, return volunteer, at Emmy's baptism

Ilse volunteered for 3 months!

Sensory table made by Derek

Meet Innocent!
Our goal is to welcome Innocent and another young girl who also has CP into the WIL Center January 2015. Please consider sponsoring Innocent. 
You do not see many special needs children or adults in Tanzania because mama's or families will often times kill the baby or let them starve to death. We are so honored to have women in our community and groups that have chosen to keep their children with special needs. They have chosen a tougher life. They have chosen to work harder, to be shunned from their families and communities, they have chosen to love their children no matter what. Walk In Love is all about giving people choices and we now want to give more women with a special needs child a choice. We want to start a special needs programs to not only support the children but the brave mama's who have chosen life for their children. 








Post from August 14th:

We are thankful at WIL today because we met a special little man named Innocent. He is 4 years old and has cerebral palsy. We are happy because from this day forward we can help improve his life and his mothers. Dolly has already taught Maria how to help Innocent breathe better and what to do if he chokes. Innocent and his mother, Maria, came from a village far away from Arusha 6 months ago hoping to get better care for Innocent. That we also the last time they saw or heard from Innocents father. They are living in a one room mud house with 4 other people. Maria has done a great job taking care of Innocnet and he is such a happy guy! He got to participate in music time at the center today and he smiled so big we got to see his beautiful dimples!! Maria will take the two week child are course starting next week. While we are figuring out a long term plan for Maria and Innocent we will be helping with basic needs such as food and rent. Our goal is to have Innocent in the center by January but in order for us to do that we need a sponsor for him. He will require a nanny that will be trained by the lovely Dolly. We will also need to build him some special furniture and toys to have at the center and at home. We are looking for a sponsor or group to sponsor Innocent for $100 per month to cover salary for a trained nanny, food and special equipment we need to buy. Could you help us being Innnocent into an environment that he will thrive in! He loved music time and I know he will make friends at the center and experience so many different things that he would never get the chance to if he were to just stay at home, most likely by himself as his mother struggle to find work. F you are interested in literally bringing Innocent from the darkness of a mud hut and into the loving light of the WIL Center please email Aubree at walkinlovetanzania@gmail.com


Are you interested in sponsoring a child!!
We recently welcomed 10 new children into the WIL free daycare and preschool. That means we have 10 children who are in need of a sponsor! We cannot accept any new children from our ever growing waiting list until these children get sponsors. When you sponsor a child for $40 per month you are providing that child with three healthy meals per day, emergency medical treatment and school supplies and tuition.
Meet Our Children!


Continuing Education for the WIL Nannies!
All of our WIL Nannies have been through the childcare course taught by Nikki and had a refresher course this year. They have also been through a First Aid training course with Dolly and fire saftey with Neema. Neema attended a course in fire safety and prevention where she recieved a training certificate. We have also made the decision to Julianna to a six month course on childcare and Theresia to a two year college to earn her teaching certificate. We are so proud of them!
Julianna on her first day of school!

First Aid course with Dolly





Fundraising!!!

One Day of Pay Challenge!

One day’s salary can go a long way in Tanzania! For example: if you make $8 per hour, and you work 8 hours per day, you make $64 per day! That is more than enough money to support a child for an entire month at our WIL Center!

We are raising money to build furniture and toys to fill our center, to cover expenses for unsponsored children, to give micro-loans, to fund women empowerment groups, to cover medical expenses for staff and children, to fund educational costs not covered by sponsors, to provide staff education and continuing education, and to fund all outreach, emergency placement and food, transportation and other unexpected expenses that come up every month!

The donations from this fundraiser will allow us to help people in emergency situations as well as help us meet with families that we can help become self-sustaining. The women and children who attend our center will always be our first priority, and we count on this fundraiser to make sure we can continue helping the most vulnerable families in our area. We meet families in emergency situations on a regular basis. We buy them food, help with rent, provide emergency daycare and we work with them until they can provide a safe and healthy environment for themselves and their children. We need money set aside to use to buy food, formula, etc. to enable us to help families in emergency situations.

Every little bit helps! Thank you for donating and for working with us to make a difference in the lives of the women and children in Tanzania! Use the Donate Button below to donate your One Day of Pay!!





Other ways you can help:
  • Drop by our booth at First Fridays and purchase one of our handmade products! We are located at:
  • Across from Leedy Voulkos Art Center
    2012 Baltimore Ave
    Kansas City Missouri 64108

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For more information about WIL please contact us at 
walkinlovetanzania@gmail.com 


Check out our website at: www.wearewalkinlove.org

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Walk In Love International, Inc
12802 S. Arapaho Dr
Olathe, KS 66062


Photo time!!





















Thank You for your continued support!