Graduation Day at Give A Heart To Africa
Definitely overdue but I wanted to finally share my favorite photos from the Give A Heart to Africa graduation that I attended this winter. GHTA is a school in Moshi, Tanzania that I’ve volunteered with twice now, with intentions for a third soon. It’s mission is to empower at-risk women of Tanzania to become autonomous by providing them free english, business and vocational skills training. I’ve seen the incredible impact the school has on not just the women of Moshi, but also their children and entire community as well.
After my experience at the school last February, I made the decision to come back for graduation and I’m so glad that I did. Three of us teachers trekked back and the students weren’t told so we were able to surprise them; the look on their faces when I walked into the room was easily one of the best and most emotional moments of my life, video below. To see how far these women had come in just a few short months and how proud they were of finishing the program was incredible and humbling to be a part of. The day was filled with laughter and joy and so much dancing that all of our legs were sore the next day. Out of all of the travel I’ve done in the past few years, this short 3 week trip was easily one of my very favorites. I was reverberating joy by the time I left and I can’t wait to go back to see all these women I’ve fallen in love with and to do it all over again and fall in love with a new class. Finding the right volunteer organization on the other side of the world was an intimidating task but I’m so glad we chose GHTA. If you’re considering volunteering internationally and would like to talk about my experience, please just send me a message on my contact page. Additionally, GHTA has begun a grad program to help sponsor graduates in their business pursuits. If you’re unable to volunteer but can contribute otherwise, please let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction; I’ll make sure your contributions go directly to the women on the other side of the planet who need it. Here are a few of my favorite snaps & videos from our resplendent day:
The ladies getting food ready for our celebration
The teachers in our homemade dresses, along with our manager, Rhiannon and one of our best students, Redempta and her family.
above photo by Adair Dammann
One of the students, Saidati, made me this amazing dress!
And a couple videos: my student surprise & some scenes from our graduation day.
Thank you to Adair Dammann for her help in capturing our amazing day, more of her wonderful work and words can be found at