Karibuni Marafiki wa Tanzania / Welcome
Karibu sana to the Friends of Tanzania (FOT) website. FOT was established in 1991 as a means for Tanzanians and non-Tanzanians to work together, learn from each other, learn more about Tanzania and to support worthy projects in Tanzania -- giving back to a country many of us have come to love. Many of us (and that is nearly 400 all over the USA) are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; others are former Teachers for East Africa or volunteers with various other secular or religious organizations. More recently, members are travelers or commercial sector visitors and employees formerly in Tanzania. We have always welcomed Tanzanians, several of whom have served on our Board and Committees and who are vital for our success.
FOT is a non-profit charitable and educational organization, a 501(c)(3). Our membership dues of $20 per year have continued to cover all our operating expenses since we started in 1991 due to our increasing membership. 100% of all donations we receive from FOT members goes to help support development projects in Tanzania. Each year FOT is able to send about $30,000 to support such projects and an additional $15,000 is given for specific projects in our Member Designated Program.
Our goals are:
- To identify and support worthy projects in Tanzania.
- To collect and disseminate information on the life, culture and development of Tanzania.
- To bring together people interested in supporting Tanzania.
We are all volunteers in the organization and operate out of the Washington, DC area with a mail box at P.O. Box 9123, Arlington, Virginia 22219-1123. As we are in close proximity to the Tanzanian Embassy, we have had a very good relationship with the Ambassadors to the USA from Tanzania and their staff.
We hope you find our website helpful. It is a place to get updated on news, events and people in Tanzania, read about our projects, and link to other Tanzania-related websites. We appreciate your comments, membership dues and project donations. Please let us know of any changes that would help you come to know Tanzania or our organization better. Please send comments by filling out our contact form.