Now Accepting Donations for the Annual TDS Garage Sale - May 19th, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when we start planning our Annual TDS Garage Sale which is set for a new location: the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 1915 N 1st St, DeKalb, IL 60115. The Garage Sale date is to be determined but will be at the end of summer, perhaps around August. Check our website or Facebook and Twitter for updates.

If you have items to donate to the Garage Sale, please bring them to 201 Thornbrook Road in DeKalb at your earliest convenience. The items can be placed in front of the garage or on the front porch so long as the weather’s fine. If you’d like to set up arrangements for your drop-off, email or call 815-901-0393. Tax-receipt letters can be provided for those who itemize such things come tax time.


From Bricks to Books, A Public Talk by Fr. Kazeri - October 3rd, 2016

dsc_00031Fr. Kazeri gave a public talk, From Bricks to Books, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on September 13 about the impact that TDS has had improving education and learning for girls and boys in the Nyegina and Bukwaya schools.

Fr. Leo explained to the group why he believes it is necessary for TDS to transition from fundraising for infrastructure development to fundraising to improve educational programs. He recognized the great work TDS has already accomplished by way of generous donors and hard work. Fr. Leo encouraged those gathered to continue supporting TDS because there is still much work to be done.

The evening concluded with a wonderful reception hosted by St. Peter’s, a generous partner dedicated to advancing TDS’s mission.


TDS Trip Alumni Gather to Celebrate Fr. Kazeri - September 29th, 2016


For the first time since Tanzania Development Support led the first Volunteer Work-Study and NIU Study Abroad in 2009, over 50 trip alumni gathered all together to celebrate with Fr. Leo Kazeri. Fr. Leo, a leader in the Nyegina community and long-time partner with TDS is visiting the Northern Illinois/ Southern Wisconsin area to celebrate 40 years of priesthood, and 8 years of engagement with TDS. His two month visit began with a reunion gathering of all TDS’s trip alumni.


The reunion gave trip alumni the opportunity to share their favorite memories of Fr. Leo. Ben Peterson, 2011 Study Abroad student and 2012 Kili Climb volunteer shared his best memory of Fr. Kazeri: “My memorable Kazeri incident occurred during the Rukuba Island trip on the 2011 Study Abroad program. While the rest of the students were admiring the scenic shores of Lake Victoria as we journeyed to the island, I looked towards the back of our boat and saw Father Kazeri and Dr. Thurmaier discussing the dormitory project at the Nyegina Secondary School. Their conversation was probably no different than hundreds they have had over the years about the details of various TDS projects, but for me, something clicked as I watched. “Their friendship is what makes it all possible,” I thought. “Everything that TDS is doing here was ultimately built from this one connection.” And so, watching this conversation take place, I came to understand how much could be accomplished when two people from worlds apart brought their connections and resources together to face a community’s challenges.”

The reunion also gave Fr. Leo the opportunity to thank TDS for the many years of engagement and dedication. He shared with those gathered the great changes he has seen take place in the Nyegina community since NIU students and TDS volunteers began travelling there in 2009.

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