Help The Humanity Project Build a Health Center In Tanzania!

For: The Outer Loop Theater Experience
Organizer: Michael Herman
$11,172
of $10,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 103 donors

The Story

“What unites us is far greater than what divides us.” - John F. Kennedy

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Our theater company, The Outer Loop, is committed to raising the funds necessary and partnering with the people of Mloka, to help build a much needed health center in their village.

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IN JUNE 2016... while traveling through Tanzania with a group of artists, we taught theater to young children, helping them understand the power of storytelling to bring about social change. We also spent a lot of time listening to the people in the region, as they voiced their desperate needs... in the hopes of finding a story we could tell to do just that. Meeting and speaking with Asha, a mother who lost one of her children during childbirth eight years ago, touched us deeply. She communicated to us the village's desperate need for a labor clinic.

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Throughout the time we spent in Mloka, we developed a strong connection, linked by our common understanding of humanity (Ubinadamu). We have always known the power of storytelling to help create change and to better our communities... and here now was the very real opportunity for us all to do it. To directly address the issues of maternal health and access to proper healthcare for all, by helping build a labor clinic for the village!

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IN JANUARY 2017... over the course of a 3-month period last year, we returned to Tanzania and worked closely with the people of Mloka and the government, to successfully complete the construction of the Ubinadamu Labor Clinic. There is now a safe place in the village for women to give birth. The first building on the property of a future health center. The clinic is now in the licensing phase with the Government of Tanzania, to be registered as an official health center. Once licensing is complete, the District Medical Office will send staff and equipment... and we could be looking at babies born at the clinic as early as this June!

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WHAT'S NEXT?

We realized throughout our time in Mloka, that this was really just the beginning. The needs of the village extend far beyond the labor clinic, and the strong connection we all feel with the people there is too important to ignore. So we are very excited to announce the next phase of The Humanity Project... and to invite you to join us:

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In June of this year, we will travel back to Tanzania to work hand-in-hand with the government and people of Mloka to continue building their much needed health center, which will serve approximately 6,000 people, and will include: an outpatient services building, several operating rooms and recovery wards, and full medical facilities for men, women and children. Your donation goes DIRECTLY to work furthering the construction of the health center. The next building on the property is the dispensary, which will provide outpatient services for treating communicable diseases like malaria, HIV, diarrhea & skin infections. It will also provide vaccinations for children under 5, family planning services, and laboratory services for testing malaria and HIV. The District Medical Office in Tanzania has fullycommitted to this partnership, recently sending us a memorandum detailing their financial and material contributions.

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THAT'S NOT IT... let's not forget, this all started with a play. So while we were in Mloka, we began a collaboration with a local performance company, The Asante Arts Group, which will ultimately lead to an original performance piece and a Village Arts Center by the end of the year. We will also partner with the teachers and administration of the Mloka primary schools, to create, develop and implement a new drama curriculum and theater program!

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Please consider making a donation by clicking 'Donate Now' at the top of the page. 

Anything helps. Really.

The Outer Loop Theater Experience is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

All donations are tax-deductible.

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Thank you very much for helping bring access to health care, as well as arts and education, to the people of Mloka! There is no humanity without unity.

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Big love,

Michael and Rachael 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 17, 2018

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Posted on June 17, 2018

Hi everyone, 

Hope all is well back in the U.S. We’re finally settled in Mloka and have some exciting Humanity Project updates for you: 

- The power has been connected to the village much sooner than expected! This means that gradually more and more people will have access to electricity, especially the health center. 

- The Tanzania Government has funded a road improvement project, to repair and improve the road from Dar es Salaam to Mloka! This means that travel back and forth will be so much easier, and getting supplies out to the village will happen much faster. The project is already under way!

- We had an amazing reunion with Asha, Patrick, Joyce, Bibi and the whole family! They send their love, hugs and thank yous to everyone in The Humanity Project family. 

- Had a great meeting with our project manager (Patrick), the District Executive Officer and the Ward Counselor! Word on the street is that just about everyone at all levels of local and national government are big Humanity Project fans and fully support the work we are doing.

- 2 additional meetings were set up for early next week: the first with the Village Chairman and the committee to listen to all issues and concerns, as well as establish a partnership for the process ahead. And the second meeting is with the District Medical Officer, the water engineer, Ward Counselor, our project manager and all other necessary government officials, to layout the timeline and each phase of the labor clinic, health center and well project. 

- As you may already know, we also are partners with African Well Fund, to help build a well in Mloka. The timing on this partnership could not be more crucial. As it turns out, there are 2 final steps to getting the labor clinic open, and both can happen relatively quickly. The first is completing the staff housing, which we plan to help with over the next few weeks. And the second, is ensuring that the health center is connected to a reliable water source. Since our last trip, the village’s water system has become extremely unreliable and will not suffice for the operation of the labor clinic. So this new well that AWF is currently fundraising for and will help build, could not have come at a better time. The great news is, that once the project begins, hopefully next week, it should take less than a month to complete! 

- We also met with the primary school Headmaster and are all set up to teach a week of theater, dance and music classes with our guest artist friends from Tanzania, Jackie, Jackson and Justin… and a surprise guest teacher from the U.S. Our next update coming in about a week. 

Keep an eye on our social media for any photos and videos we can manage to upload under limited internet conditions.  

Oh and one last thing… we have received several emails asking if we’re still accepting donations. YES! We definitely are! As many of you know from our last trip, we often encounter unexpected expenses and challenges while here, so additional donations do come in handy. AND African Well Fund is still accepting donations to help build the well. See links below: 

To donate to The Humanity Project directly:www.youcaring.com/thehumanityproject

To donate to African Well Fund directly:www.africanwellfund.org

Thank you so much everyone! We couldn’t do any of this without you.More updates coming soon! 

Much love,M & R


Posted on May 27, 2018

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Posted on May 27, 2018

NEW THP MERCH! Memorial Day Sale! 

Jackie has really outdone herself this time. New handmade Humanity Project totes, backpacks and drawstrings just arrived FROM Tanzania...

And must go before we LEAVE for Tanzania very soon!

Email us at [email protected] for more info... and you'll have your THP bag in your hands by the end of the  week! 

All proceeds go directly to The Humanity Project work.


Posted on May 26, 2018

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Posted on May 26, 2018

Hi everyone,

We want to thank you so much for helping make The Humanity Project Phase 2 happen! We're heading to Tanzania in less than 2 weeks, and we couldn't be more excited! So much has happened to this point, and so much more is yet to come. We'll make sure to keep you updated from the ground in Tanzania with tons of photos, videos and love.

Hugs,
Michael & Rachael 

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