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A combination of personal volunteer experiences and work opportunities have tied several family members to the eastern African country of Tanzania over the years.
Currently, three dynamic organizations receive program and general operating support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
2Seeds is an umbrella organization that incubates small, efficient, and effective agricultural development projects in Africa. 2Seeds focuses on selecting, training, and mentoring bright and passionate graduates at the beginning of their careers to work with African partners. The teams address the issue of food and income security by training rural farmers in agricultural best practices. 2Seeds encourages its project leaders to embrace independent decision making, enforces financial accountability, and humbly seeks a deep and sincere partnership with the local African community.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation’s Next Generation Fund made a $5,000 grant in 2013 that supported 2Seeds’ Masoko project. The collaboration is improving farmers’ access to and knowledge of markets, developing computer applications for data collection and use.
The focus of The Girls Foundation of Tanzania is simple: one girl at a time.
TGFT provides intellectual and financial support for educational opportunities to adolescent girls in Tanzania – a country where 95% of females do not finish high school. It prepares girls to take on their futures with confidence through development of their social, physical and emotional health and their academic success.
TGFT’s Girls Center was recently moved into a leased house on a 20-acre compound belonging to The Joshua Foundation, an established NGO in Arusha. The Girls Center is a secure learning environment where the girls live when school is not in session. Here, they can learn more about the world outside of their school life and the day-to-day realities of their villages.
TGFT currently sponsors 14 young woman as they strive to succeed in the secondary school. Since 2011, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided $25,000 to The Girls Foundation of Tanzania for this program. Learn about these students via their bios.
The Tanzanian Children’s Fund supports the Rift Valley Children’s Village, an orphanage in the Karatu region of Tanzania, and other related community-based programs that improve the lives of marginalized children.
148 Tanzanian-born employees, 6 expatriates, and 50 volunteers provide a loving home, family, and community for orphaned children. Around 88 children live full-time at the Children’s Village and 20 more live there during vacation from boarding school.
TCF provides leadership, teachers, and resources to 450 children from the surrounding communities attend Gyetighi Primary School. 100% of the Standard Seven class passed the national exam to qualify for secondary school in 2012, and 17 students at Gyetighi received scholarships to top tier secondary schools in 2011. Other highly valuable services include access to free high quality medical care and economic growth opportunities through a microfinance program.
Check out this video to TCF’s work in action!
Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made $60,000 in grants to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund.
The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh recently awarded Joann Urbaniak the 2012 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities.
Ms. Urbaniak has taught at North Allegheny Intermediate High School for 24 years. She brings her students to the Frick annually, using its resources to help them create their own art and discover and appreciate their own family histories. An educational highlight for students and museum staff is Ms. Urbaniak’s first-person presentation of the story of her immigrant grandmother, which she presents at the end of each Frick program.
The Foundation established the award in 1999 to annually honor an educator who has demonstrated a commitment to participating in the Frick’s education programs, and who has successfully integrated the arts into the students’ learning experience. The school will receive $3,000 to help defray the cost of future field trips and enrichment activities. Ms. Urbaniak’s students will receive 180 complimentary admission passes to Clayton, the Frick’s house museum.
The Mattress Factory is a world renowned research and development lab for artists. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012, this museum of contemporary art commissions new site-specific works and presents them to the widest possible audience. Annually, more than 55,000 visitors enjoy the installations in its growing – and distinctive – permanent collection.
The Mattress Factory has supported more than 500 artists through its residency program. The artists’ exhibitions are paired with engaging and inventive educational programs including hands-on art projects, workshops, lectures, and tours.
The organization has also been a community development asset on Pittsburgh’s North Side. It has purchased nine properties and renovated them for galleries, an artist-created garden, public and educational spaces, artists’ residencies, office space, and visitor amenities.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totaling $113,000 since 1986 to support the Mattress Factory’s exhibitions, education programs, and outreach programs.
Photos courtesy of the Mattress Factory