Education is the key to lifting communities out of poverty

In Tanzania, 97% of children are enrolled in primary school. However, there is a need for “fuel” to learn. Children who are hungry struggle to stay awake and concentrate in school.

A hot lunch during the school day means children will have at least one nutritious meal and will be better equipped to learn.

em·pa·thy noun
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another

Children learn early to recognize differences. What if we could help transform this recognition into appreciation, both at the individual and cultural level?  Empathy equips individuals with 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Empathy creates a more inclusive community and a willingness to make a positive impact.

Studies show that when young people have empathy, they display:

  • More classroom engagement
  • Higher academic achievement
  • Better communication skills
  • Lower likelihood of bullying
  • Less aggressive behaviors and emotional disorders
  • More positive relationships

TLP develops empathy through education, cultural respect and empowerment

TLP develops empathy through education, cultural respect and empowerment. It starts with learning about Tanzania and Maasai culture. Our program takes students, educators, parents and interested individuals on a journey whey they can make a difference in the world globally or in their own world locally. Since TLP started, more than 5,000 individuals have been exposed to empathy education and experiences.

Our empathy education goals are simple:

  • Learning about a culture that is different than your own
  • Helping kids think about what their life would be like if they were in a different culture
  • Understanding what sustainable community development is
  • Respecting other cultures
  • Empowering individuals and encouraging them to make a difference

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We can measure our success

We can measure our success. Attendance and test scores improve when kids have food at school.

Since we began serving lunch at our model school, attendance has increased and averages over 90% and standard 7 test scores for entrance into secondary schools have also increased an average of 86%.

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