NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Through a grant provided by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation (HSFF), Kilimanjaro Education Foundation provided financial support to the operating budget of the Imani Focus Foundation (IFF) Vocational Training Center and Orphanage in Tanzania.
As part of the support provided by the HSFF, an incoming-generating project was launched onsite to help the center become more sustainable. The IFF has completed construction of a poultry house where chickens will be raised and the eggs produced will be sold to local hotels and schools, as well as used to feed the kids at the center.
The IFF provides support to vulnerable and marginalized groups through the provision of basic needs, education/skill development and economic empowerment. Although targeting young girls from extremely poor families who have been unable to continue their education, they have also taken a small percentage of boys into the center's first class, which included 22 students for year one (16 girls and six boys, aged between 13 and 17 years old).
Additionally, the IFF counsels and feeds 15-20 street kids and supports 10 orphans. Currently teaching English, mathematics and tailoring to the girls and welding, mechanics and driving to the boys, the IFF also runs a small nursery onsite and grows a variety of vegetables to teach the children agricultural skills.
Each intake of students will take classes at the center for two years, ultimately leading to a Vocational Training Certificate, for which the IFF is seeking official certification as a vocational training center with the Vocational Education and Training Authority in Tanzania. In future, the IFF plans to add weaving, embroidery and information technology to the class agenda.
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, founded in 2006 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our mission is to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of educational materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities. KEF's volunteers and donors share in and impart not only the Foundation's passion for children and education, but also in KEF's core values of collaboration, sustainability and empowerment.
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SOURCE Kilimanjaro Education Foundation