There are over one million orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania. Because of this staggering number, most orphanages do not have the resources or capacity to care for students over the age of FIVE. Therefore, with their fifth birthday, the children age out of the only home they have ever know and are left homeless without the means to attend school. This devastating reality motivated Meghann Gunderman to create The Foundation For Tomorrow in 2007.
TFFT’s MISSION AND VISION
The Foundation For Tomorrow envisions a world where orphans and vulnerable children contribute to society as active and empowered citizens free of exclusion, disadvantage, and vulnerability.
Our mission is to secure quality education and emotional support for orphaned and vulnerable children so that they may reach their full potential and thrive in their communities.
To achieve this we have designed and implemented incredibly personal and longitudinal programs that create a family for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania and improve the quality of education in Tanzanian schools.
“We will be there for you. We will support, encourage, and guide you. We will cheer for you and challenge you. We will open your eyes to life’s possibilities, and we will share in your dreams. We will be your family.”
Meghann Gunderman first worked in Nkoaranga Orphanage in 2004. That experience propelled her to take action, which lead to the creation of TFFT, and Nkoaranga became TFFT’s first partner orphanage.
“During the three months that I lived and volunteered at the orphanage, I witnessed the harsh realities that orphans in Tanzania face. I also fell in love with Maasai triplets. I was devastated to learn that they would soon be homeless and without means to attend school.”
— Meghann Gunderman
The triplets became TFFT’s first scholarship students, and they are now thriving at Usa River Academy.
The TFFT Team works tirelessly to create a family for the children we support. Providing the love, support, and guidance they need and deserve is our shared goal. To know these kids is to love them, and waking up each day to see their smiles gives our team the assurance we are truly making a difference.
We currently work with eight orphanages and children’s centers and four Tanzanian-run boarding schools in Northern Tanzania. The teachers at our Partner Schools are trained through TFFT’s Teacher Training Program, and we oversee projects to improve the living conditions at our Partner Orphanages.