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         Fall 2018 Newsletter


2019 Winter Potluck Party,
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Social Hall,
Westmoreland CUCC Church,
1 Westmoreland Circle,
Bethesda, MD 20816


2018 Winter Potluck Party,
Saturday, February 3, 2018

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the FOT had its winter potluck party. This was the first time we met at the Wisconsin Place Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Our 2018 Winter Party was a great time meeting our old FOT friends and talking to new ones. The event went really well. We were honored to welcome Liberata Mulamula, a former Ambassador of Tanzania to be with us that evening. There was great Tanzanian music and a great meal spread courtesy of everyone in attendance.

FOT Annual Winter Party
February 13, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland

Our Annual Winter Party was held on February 13th in Bethesda, Maryland with a very good turn out - old and new friends, and a new set of FOT Board members. Thanks for the music, the memories and the volunteering that went on. We are making plans for further activities for this year.

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of FOT and the 55th Anniversary of the Peace Corps
September 23-25, 2016 Arlington, Virginia
Our September Event in honor of FOT's 25th Anniversary and the Peace Corps 55th Anniversary was a great success. More than 130 people came from all over the USA to a long weekend of reunion groups, dinners, laughter and friendships renewed. The highlight was our Saturday morning educational event in which Holly Trace, Peace Corps and Brian Singer of Project Zawadi spoke about continuing plans for Tanzania in the area of education, non-profit organizations and Peace Corps work. That was followed by participant discussions related to the future of FOT. The March for Peace to the Capitol on Sunday morning finished the weekend activities.

The Future of Health Care in Tanzania: Challenges and Opportunities
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friends of Tanzania invites you to a forum, Health Care in Tanzania: Opportunities and Challenges, was held at Downing Hall Auditorum, Howard University - April 11, 2015 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Edmund Rutta, Senior Technical Adviser at Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Jennifer Macias, MPH, Senior Regional Director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Click here to download the flyer.

For information contact: or This event is free and all are welcome.

FOT Annual Winter Party
Arlington, VA
February 7, 2015

Friends of Tanzania's Annual Winter Potluck Party was held on February 8. 70 people enjoyed a festive evening of fellowship and wonderful food. FOT was honored by the presence of Ambassador Liberata Mulamula who brought greetings from the Tanzania Embassy.
Click on the Photo Gallery link to see photos from the party.

FOT, AfricAid, and Regis University host
Tanzanian Ambassador
Denver Colorado
November 17-29, 2014
Tanzanian Ambassador Liberata Mulamula and the Tanzanian Embassy Economic Affairs officer, Paul Mwafongo, visited Colorado on Nov. 17-20, 2014 at the invitation of Colorado based FOT members, Craig Hafner and Pat Kelley, and AfricAid, (a Denver based NGO supporting girls scholarships and empowerment in northern Tanzania). Funds were raised to support the Ambassador's visit by AfricAid board members, Regis University, and some FOT members.

During the four days, 16 events were held with and for the Ambassador including: a Networking event at the new Denver Posner Center, attended by 27 Colorado based organizations working in or with links to Tanzania, Regis University, Denver University International Law School, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado University- Denver faculty, the World Trade Center- Denver, and Head Start and Montessori programs. In addition, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a "Denver-Tanzania Friendship Proclamation" on Nov.17th and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sent a letter of welcome to the Ambassador.

Also separate meetings were held with the Governor's Economic Development Office; with a potential candidate applying to serve as Honorary Tanzania Consul for Colorado; and a separate dinner hosted by Dr. Charles Musiba (CU-Denver Anthropology Dept) for the local area Tanzanians. At our debriefing lunch before she left, the Ambassador expressed her thanks and great appreciation for all of the planning, preparation and participation during her time in Colorado.

We are posting photos to our Photo Gallery.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Tanzania
Union Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tanzania Embassy
You are invited:
50th Anniversary of the Union of Tanzania
at Tanzania House (1232 22nd St. NW Washington, DC)
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9am-4pm

All are welcome to food, music, and fun! Great opportunity to introduce your friends to everything Tanzania has to offer! Visit the FOT table while you are there. The day will have something for everyone.

Education in Tanzania
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Howard University
FOT had a very successful forum on "The Future of Education in Tanzania," April 12, 2014. The event was opened by the Honorable Ambassador of Tanzania, Madame Liberata Mulamula. Speakers included Dr. Charles Temple, Pd.D , Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Mr. Anthony Baker, MA. Education for All Campaign Manager at RESULTS Education Fund. All speakers had extensive experience in Tanzania and spoke to the challenges and success of educating Tanzania students. The program was co-hosted by the Association of the Tanzanian Community - Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. A lively discussion followed the speakers.

Download the List of Educational Resources Available to Participants at the Event.

Annual Winter Party,
Saturday February 8, 2014
View photos from our recent Winter Party!

Friends of Tanzania participation in the NPCA Conference in Boston, June 28-29, 2013
Friends of Tanzania participated in the NPCA conference held in Boston June 28 and 29. On the 28th, Craig Hafner represented FOT on the Member Group Panel: Continuing Service including Friends of Tanzania and Liberia, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. FOT also participated in the Friday afternoon Group Leader's Forum session. Friday evening, 15 people gathered at the Elephant Walk Restaurant for dinner and conversation.

3rd Anniversary Vijimambo Celebration of Swahili Culture, July 6, 2013
FOT joined many groups and individuals to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Vijimambo. The celebration of Swahili culture featured discussions and a visit from the the Special Guest H.E. Ali Hassan Mwinyi. The event-filled day ended with an evening of music and dancing.

Candy Warner and Robert Rwebangira greet
President Mwinyi

Robert Rwebangira representing FOT

Friends of Tanzania is very pleased to announce that we have received the National Peace Corps Association's 2012 Loret Miller Ruppe Country of Service Group Award. It was presented on Saturday June 30th during the NPCA annual meeting in Minneapolis. On behalf of FOT, Board President, Patricia Kelley and Board Secretary, Craig Hafner accepted the award from NPCA President, Kevin Quigley and NPCA's Group Leaders Forum, Kate Schachter, see photos.

All FOT members support FOT's work, so you all share this award! Thank you and congratulations!

For more information about the award winnders, please see NPCA's website

FOT participating in NPCA conference in Boston June 28 and 29
Meet and Greet Friday night, June 28, 6:15 at Elephant Walk, 900 Beacon St. (corner of Beacon and Park)
Everyone Welcome