TFFT’s life story—like any good story—is filled with challenges, successes, tragedy, love, and great hope. TFFT’s life unofficially began in the summer of 2004 when Meghann Gunderman spent a summer volunteering at Nkoaranga Orphanage. The general state of despair at Nkoaranga Orphanage, the women who struggled to care for 30 children under the age of five, and the sweet children who called the orphange their home struck a deep chord with Meghann.
Helena, Matayo, and Yusufu, in particular, captured Meghann’s heart. She spent many nights brainstorming how she could help these four-year-old triplets. You see, there are over one million orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania, and, because of that staggering number, most orphanages do not have the capacity or resources to care for children over the age of five. Therefore, with their 5th birthday, many children age out of their orphanages and are pushed to live on the streets.
What began with a plea to family and friends to help place these triplets in private boarding school has grown into The Foundation For Tomorrow, an organization passionately committed to investing in children and the power of education.
TFFT officially incorporated at the end of 2006, and our Scholarship Program remains our paramount program. TFFT was born from a vision to educate Helena, Yusufu, and Matayo, and our focus remains that personal. TFFT partners with orphanages and private boarding schools. Our scholarship students come from our Partner Orphanages, and we place them into our Partner Schools.
Additionally TFFT operates Full Circle, an after-school program for our Scholarship Students, and our Teacher Training Program, which the Ministry of Education has applauded. Helena, Yusufu, and Matayo celebrated their 11th birthdays in November 2011 and are thriving at Usa River Academy with 80 other scholarship students.