DEVELOPMENT AID WORLD NETWORK
My wife and I established Development Aid World Network (D.A.W.N), a nonprofit supporting charitable efforts around the world. Our current focus is helping the children at the Mto wa Mbu Orphanage in Tanzania. Our emphasis is on improving the orphanage’s infrastructure along with the children’s quality of life and education. We are committed to being directly involved with the planning and implementation stages in addition to providing monetary assistance. We hope that our efforts will have a long lasting, positive impact on these children’s environment and lives forever.
After a visit to the Mto wa Mbu Orphanage in Tanzania we decided to provide this facility with desperately needed infrastructure advancements. As a builder and project manager, I recognized that my abilities could help these children improve their standard of living.
The children currently lack many daily necessities. Our nonprofit, Development Aid World Network is working closely with the orphanage and have prioritized a "wishlist" for the 33 children and staff that live at the facility. Our top priority is drilling a water well. It is hard to fathom how much we take fresh water for granted in the United States. With their own water supply they will not only have safe drinking water but will be able to irrigate gardens, trade water for food and improve daily hygiene.
After we accomplish drilling the water well, we want to supply the facility with grid power, kitchen appliances, a greenhouse, computers and a remote learning connection. This facility has been operating under poor conditions, lacking some basic infrastructure for 10 years and we think we can help them achieve these goals.
We have accomplished our goal of installing a working water well and provided grid power to the facility and backup solar lighting. Before Christmas the facility and children will receive a hot water heater and refrigerator. We are working on setting up the Internet for their classroom and in parallel accepting used laptop donations. We partnered with a local Denver non-profit that cleans, removes all data, installs educational software and will ship these computers via DHL.
Thank you everyone who has helped us in our efforts and let's continue to make a lasting difference together!