Newsletter to publish monthly

Hi, my name is Leah Nicolini, and I will be writing Tanzania Development Support’s (TDS) monthly newsletter. The newsletter will publish the first Monday of each month and serve as an update on TDS’s projects to better keep our donors in the loop.

To tell you a little about myself, my involvement with TDS started in 2016 when I left the country for the first time to experience life in Tanzania while working towards my political science degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Going on the study abroad trip was the best experience of my life as I got to spend one month in a beautiful country with friendly people and eat amazing food (fresh chicken and fries every day). I also learned about what a third world country is and began to understand why Tanzanians couldn’t have more successful and more “Western” lives.

Our study abroad group met with educational groups and community leaders, including UMABU, TDS’s main partner organization, to understand the barriers Tanzanians face in education and community improvement. Poverty is one of the largest barriers but the challenge it poses motivates me to give back to the people who gave me so much joy through their cultural values and natural hospitality. So I stayed involved with TDS upon my return from the study abroad trip in hopes of helping improve the quality of life in youth, especially girls, through the development of education along with other community-identified priorities. I want to give the Tanzanians I met more opportunities and volunteering for TDS is a way I can do that. 

This past year, I volunteered at TDS’s Yard Sale, helped organize the Water Walk fundraiser in April and began writing blogs and posting on our social media accounts. I will continue to volunteer at these events and develop my communications role at the nonprofit. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to learning more about the nonprofit and its donors! Look for the next newsletter Monday, Sept. 4, and if you’re not signed up to receive newsletters each month, scroll to the bottom right corner on our home page to sign up.

The 2016 TDS study abroad group poses for a photo in Tanzania. Leah Nicolini (rightmost) will be publishing newsletters monthly updating donors on projects.

2 Responses to Newsletter to publish monthly

  1. Kurt & Jeanine ~ great photo. So good to see you again. Could this be your daughters with you in this photo? Mary & Ro would be so proud of you both for your efforts & kindness & devotion to your projects. You certainly have servants hearts.

    Safe travels.

    Connie & Gary Shaull
    Overland Park, Ks. Still in the same house as when you visited!!!

  2. Leah, Congratulations on your volunteerism. The young people like you are the shining lights from Africa. Keep up with your wonderful work. I also should note that I was thrilled to see in your photo your mentor Dr. Kurt Thurmeier and Jeanine. They are my dear friends who I admire especially for their courage and humanity. All the best for you and your group. Yong Lee from San Diego, America.