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Highlights 2011

U.S. Embassy Book Donation Starts School Library for Orphans

June 28, 2011
American volunteers Elizabeth Hammett from Boston, Massachusetts, and Lisa Salyers from Cleveland, Ohio teach students in Olevolos, Arusha. (Photo: U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam)

American volunteers Elizabeth Hammett from Boston, Massachusetts, and Lisa Salyers from Cleveland, Ohio teach students in Olevolos, Arusha.

On June 27, Pickering Fellow Mr. Dahm Choi and PEPFAR Media Coordinator Mr. James Yates visited The Olevolos Project, a school for local orphans funded through an Ohio-based NGO founded by Ms. Dory Gannes, a current joint-degree master's candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy who had come to Arusha on safari with her family at a young age and subsequently committed to make a difference in the lives of Tanzanian children.

Since then, Ms. Gannes has received extensive private funding from generous American donors, and in his remarks to the children and five American volunteers at the site, Mr. Choi praised the hope evident in everything Tanzanians and Americans can do together. The American volunteers there were Mrs. Lisa Salyers and Mr. Michael Salyers, schoolteachers from Cleveland, Ohio who with their children Cade and Shea were donating their summer to the orphanage, and Ms. Elizabeth Hammett, a schoolteacher who just received her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, he and Mr. Yates donated nearly 200 children's books, to start the orphanage library. Mr. James Obanda, the local director of The Olevolos Project, received their gift and served as their guide about the facility, which included not only classroom spaces but also livestock funded by American donors.