our work in africa
What makes BeSomeone in Africa special is that we do not make it about charity. This is about investing in people and their potential, giving something much more powerful than monetary funds. We do not provide infrastructure, but build it together. Together we create projects that generate vital change by getting to know the people that we work with and listening to their stories.
We believe education is the most powerful tool in the world. An educated people understands how to feed themselves, develop themselves and provide sustainable lives for themselves and future generations. We believe that learning is magical. It can inspire us, empower us, soar us to greatness.
We believe in culture. In promoting and maintaining indigenous values so that children can stay connected to their heritage.
We believe in art, and how it can become a tool for creating opportunity. We are big promoters of talent and capacity building to enable a person’s future. We want to empower women by developing their talents, so they can provide for themselves and their families.
Our goal is to be able to touch the lives of more and more people. To build a stronger community and projects that generate lasting change. Our goal is to use our own resources and talents to do so, and to invite more people to do it with us. We invite you to get to know how you can be someone through our projects in Tanzania!
THe Red Sweater Project | EDUCATION
The Red Sweater Project focuses on providing quality education for students in Tanzania. Their goal is to build high quality secondary schools that are able to produce effective community leaders. Students are taught to practice innovation and implement creativity through their use of sustainable technologies such as composting toilets, community farming, and solar powered classrooms and lanterns. We will be raising funds for this initiative through our #BeTheChange program partnering with dozens of schools across the USA to teach social impact and leadership skills!
Vision For Youth | Education | Women's Empowerment | job Training
Since 2013, Vision for Youth has been a pivotal relationship to all of BeSomeone’s work across the country of Tanzania. V4Y empowers youth through training programs; ensuring a sustainable livelihood, equitable access to opportunity, and the resources to build a brighter future. We are proud to be their project partners to build out a Social Entrepreneurship Program and Community Center.
kipawa | EMPOWERMENT
Kipawa, is an initiative to offer women a chance to provide for themselves financially; empowering them through a model for vocational training, where we work with them side by side in the process of creating new products and growing a small business. Each one-of-a-kind piece is made by Maasai women and other small tribes of Tanzania. Through creating a variety of jewelry, women are generating new opportunities for themselves and their families. All of the profits from the sales of their pieces go directly back to the women and their community.
We work with the help of volunteers and generous donors. Thanks to your help we have been able to achieve the completion of multiple projects. From building a school and rain harvest system to launching different income generating projects, these initiatives have had an impact in the lives of people in Northern Tanzania.
Namelok school | EDUCATION
Built in 2015, in just a few short years the Namelok School has become a premiere school for the children of the Maasai tribe. What sets Namelok apart is their approach on teach in all three languages: Maasai (the native tongue); Swahili (the national language) and English. This sets these kids apart and allows students to grow and learn at a more successful rate. Education is extremely important to BeSomeOne and the leaders of the Maasai people. Together we are creating broader horizons for the tribe’s youth. The education of young women and girls is also leading to the empowerment of a new generation of leaders in the community.
MONDULI WATER RESERVOIR
2013 | BSO directly improved the lives of 8,000 people who face a vital need for water. By building a reservoir in the Monduli district in Tanzania, we provided access to lifesaving water, the benefits particularly impacting women and children.
NAMELOK SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
2014 | As our second volunteer trip, human beings from around the globe came together to start the construction of Namelok School in Terrat, Tanzania. This special school continues grow and empower a new generation of leaders, at the same time that it stays true to the Maasai culture.
RAIN HARVEST SYSTEM
2016 | Partnering with Building Bridges Worldwide and The University of Texas McCombs Business School, volunteers built a kitchen and a water system that captures rain to solve Namelok’s problem of water scarcity during the dry season.
Volunteer in africa
Join us in Tanzania and find out how you can make an impact by constructing the next classroom, teaching an art class or working with the women to hone their jewelry skills. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities out there, find out why there is only one program like BeSomeone.