Janada L. Batchelor Foundation
In Tanzania, all students will live and work at the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation (JBFC)’s Kitongo campus. JBFC is a community-based organization in Kitongo and Arusha, Tanzania that takes a holistic approach to addressing extreme poverty in East Africa. Students will primarily participate in one of JBFC’s four main areas of focus: refuge for abandoned and abused girls (including mentorship and one-on-one tutoring), quality primary and secondary education (including serving as an assistant teacher in the Joseph and Mary school), providing economic opportunity through agriculture and a restaurant-training business (including planting, watering and harvesting crops, caring for domestic animals, and working in their restaurant) and healthcare (including providing administrative support in their newly instituted health clinic). We will also take a class trip to the new Arusha campus.
Open Arms Malawi
In Blantyre, Malawi, students will live together but work with a variety of community-based organizations that work to improve the lives and opportunities of women and children, particularly widows and orphans. These might include Open Arms Malawi, an infant home that provides holistic care to orphaned and vulnerable infants and toddlers affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS until their relatives are able to financially support them, as well as ongoing support upon their reintroduction into their extended families; the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre’s largest hospital; and The Scholarship Fund for Girls’ Education, which provides financial support and mentoring to Malawian girls to help them complete their secondary education.
Green Island Vision
Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, all students will live and work at Green Island Vision’s Emfuleni campus, in the Matobo Hills region. Green Island Vision is a non-profit organization that aims to provide holistic community-based support for orphans, widows and other vulnerable children and families in the region. Students will partner with the organization in providing educational support for schools, sewing program for widows caring for young children (largely HIV/AIDS orphans), an orphan feeding program, agricultural development, sports workshops and facilities, and outdoor and environmental education for children and adolescents.