What do you do for Brighter Tanzania Foundation?
As a content creator, I research and write on a variety of topics that have relevance to BTF and Saving Grace School. My articles, which are posted on the BTF blog, focus on poverty, literacy and the history and culture of Tanzania. I also help spread the foundation’s mission through the use of social media.
How did you get involved with Brighter Tanzania Foundation?
I am a freelance writer with a background in education. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in which I could gain more writing experience. I found the BTF job posting on Volunteer Match. It was exactly what I was looking for - a chance to write, a focus on education, an opportunity to learn about another culture, and an inspiring mission.
What do you like most about working with Brighter Tanzania Foundation?
As I mentioned, I love learning about a culture that previously, I knew little about. I feel like my global lens has widened. For example, the work has helped me appreciate the many obstacles that women face in developing countries. Many have very limited life opportunities, and yet so much is being done to change the trajectory.
Aside from stretching my mind, I love the photos that are shared of the children from Saving Grace School through social media or that Felicia has taken during her trips to Arusha. The kids have the biggest, brightest smiles. They are absolutely infectious!
What is the most interesting thing you have learned about Tanzania and Saving Grace School?
An interesting fact that I have learned about Tanzania ( and included in my blog about Union Day) is that the name is a combination of Tanganyika (the original name of the mainland) and Zanzibar (an archipelago in the Indian Ocean).
Regarding Saving Grace School, I am inspired by the school’s mission. The school serves impoverished children whose cost of education is covered by the government. However, because many families are unable to afford uniforms, supplies and fees, education remains inaccessible. Saving Grace is at the forefront of fighting poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.
What do you do during your free time?
I am an avid reader, and I love yoga. Living in Wisconsin, I also enjoy getting out in the snow and cross country skiing. I live in a community called Wauwatosa with my husband, John, and two sons, Will and Ryan. The two other members of our family are Gus, our old tabby cat, and Tilly, our young and energetic golden doodle.