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2014 Trip to Tanzania PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 02:04

I have just returned from my annual trip to Tanzania.  Each time I go I am reminded of a few very important things:

  1. I must go annually to oversee the projects, but more importantly to personally face the complexity of eradicating poverty.
  2. The guiding principles of Kuza Project are as true and relevant today as the day they were established.
    • Do not do for others what they can do for themselves.
    • Have a deep respect for the local culture (they do a lot of things right).
    • The ideas, projects, and initiatives must come from the area we serve, not our boardroom in the U.S.
    • Each project must pass the sustainability test as it is being developed - how quickly can it stand on its own and remain self-sufficient?
  3. Our focus areas of education, economic development, and health care have significantly improved the lives of the individuals we serve in Tanzania.

We have remained an all-volunteer organization in the U.S.  At the same time our processes continue to improve.  We measure areas of progress.  We continue to support an average of 20 births per month through our nurse midwife.  We also average over 50 pre-natal checkups per month, which has significantly reduced infant mortality.  The dental clinic is now serving over 100 patients per month.  

Preventative health care is a novel idea in the villages.  We continue to educate the villagers of it's value.  Your donations still pay the salaries of the dentist and nurse-midwife, however the clinic is self-sustaining beyond that.  To remain that way there was a recent price increase in tooth extractions from 2500 to 4000 shillings. (1600 shillings = $1 US)  Check-ups with cleaning remains at 2000 shillings and no patient in need ever goes without care.

It was great to see so many families in new homes.  Before we support a new home the family must build and fire their own bricks.  This is a significant amount of work.  When they have completed their bricks we help them with other materials and skilled labor.  All of the children of our families are in school, which includes the families that have completed our three-year program and no longer receive monthly financial support.  The caseworker still meets with these families on a monthly basis to monitor their progress. Many of the children have graduated high school and have moved on to jobs and some are off to university.  I could go on and on about the projects, the women’s associations and the additional improvements your generous gifts have made, instead I invite you to call me so we can talk.

Thank you, without you none of this would be possible.

Craig Swett

 
10 Families Now Self-Supporting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:58

Great things are happening through Kuza Project! Today we have 10 new families that are now self-supporting. After completing our program and meeting regularly with our staff, all 10 families are now no longer receiving donations and are able to support themselves each month. They continue to receive advice and counsel from our staff on a regular basis, but they have successfully been able to provide for their own financial needs for more than three months now. This is truly an exciting accomplishment for these families and our ministry. We continue to see how our model creates dignity and self-sufficiency for the families we serve. Each of these families was deep in poverty prior to joining our ministry. Now they are thriving and their lives and the lives of their children will be forever changed. Of course, this could not be possible without gifts and donations from people like you. It is because of you that these families have been lifted out of poverty. Thank you for your generosity!

 
Craig's Trip to Africa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

"Jambo" and greetings from Tanzania! I’ve recently returned from a great visit in Africa. This was the first time I’ve traveled alone to Tanzania. Usually, I am traveling with a group from the United States and we spend a lot of time adjusting to the culture. But since I was by myself, it was a great opportunity to slow down and take a step back to really pray about our ministry and see God at work in all the things we’re doing. The work we’re doing in all three villages (Mlanagli, Igwachanya, and Lupembe) continues to thrive and reveal how strong our model is. I believe that this is going to be one of our best years in Tanzania... and it could not be possible without you. Thank you for your support of our mission! Email me with your questions or comments at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

– Craig Swett

 
Craig Swett in Africa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 May 2012 14:51

As you read this, board member Craig Swett is on his way to Africa to spend time with Kuza Project partners and greet the families that benefit from your generosity. From assisting in projects and visiting schools to meeting with widwives and the local church leadership, Craig will be share about his experience after he returns next month. Stay tuned for more details on his trip...

 
WYLL Radio Program Features Kuza PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 December 2011 14:56

Kuza Board members Craig Swett and Greg Bruno, with special guest Sister Beatrice, had a unique opportunity this holiday to be interviewed on WYLL AM 1160 radio about their work with Kuza Project. The interviews will be re-broadcast this weekend, Saturday (12/31/11) morning at 10am CST. You can also listen to the broadcast anytime right here.