Simple Hope focuses on sustainable education and projects to move the marginalized toward healthy, independent living.
Ushindi Center (previously know as Foundation for Hope Center)
The Foundation for Hope Center was built in 2012 for the Hadzabe people of Endemagha in the Lake Eyasi area of Tanzania. They were living a difficult life as hunters and gathers and began to realize they needed some new skills into order to sustain into the next generation. Simple Hope stepped in to help them build the infrastructure they would need. In 2019, they had accomplished enough that they could apply to become their own Tanzanian Cooperative business under the name Ushindi Center, which translates to “Victory Center”.
The center now includes:
Piped water: One line is purified for drinking and cooking. The other line is for irrigating crops and trees.
Fruit Tree Grove: Banana, passion fruit, and papaya are the most prolific of the 200+ trees that have been planted over the years.
Bee Hives: 40 Bee boxes now hang around the center. The bees help pollinate the grove and gardens as well as produce honey for harvest.
Chicken Coop: The coop is large enough to humanely house 100 chickens.
Vegetable Garden: maize (corn), beans, peppers, spinach and more!
They are learning that they can sell some of their produce in order to purchase what they can not grow. While they have learned new skills, they also continue with their old traditions of hunting and gathering as well. All these skills combined lead them closer to sustainability
USHINIDI CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Chairman: Patrick Paul Pololet
Chairperson: Merry Makaranga
Secretary: Dalaly Julius Indaya
Treasurer: Debora (Soki) Iddi Malole
Coordinator: Gade Kaunda
This team of people oversees all Ushindi Center activities and works together with all Hazabe members who live around the Center.
Tumaini Women’s Group
“Tumaini” means HOPE. In 2012, a team from the USA traveled to King’ori, Tanzania, to teach a group of 28 women how to preserve food. They have one growing season which often overproduces, leaving good fruits and vegetables to rot on the ground. Simple canning, pickling and food dehydration, along with safe food handling skills were taught.
The women then took it upon themselves to seek certification through the Tanzanian Food and Drug Authority so that they could take their product to market. They funded and built a dedicated canning kitchen, required by the TFDA, with their own financial means.
These amazing women are producing delicious jams, baking bread, and dehydrating vegetables which are used to fortify the grains given to school children for lunch. They even figured out how to make communion wine which was not readily available for the local churches. They continue to develop new products to match the need in Tanzania.
Simple Hope seeks to support them with funding for equipment upgrades and other items necessary to maintain necessary government standards.
Administrator: Frida Urio
Frida is the “Head of the Women’s Department” for the ELCT (Lutheran Church) in the Mt. Meru District of Tanzania. Simple Hope partners with her in the area of Food Preservation.
Matonyok Parent’s Trust Orphanage
Matonyok Orphanage was founded by Emmy Sitayo in 2007 to take in the disabled children and street children in the Olisiti Area. She and her husband Ndemno have since grown the orphanage to include a full English Medium School. Simple Hope has partnered with them to help provide some nutritional needs as well as some special projects. Fruit trees, rice meals and other grains, desks, school uniforms and other school items, mosquito nets have all been donated through the years.
Matonyok registered as a Tanzanian non-government organization (NGO) in August of 2019.
Administrators: Emmy and Ndemno
The Jesus Movie first premiered in the USA in 1979. Since that time, it has been translated into more than 1400 languages, including Kiswahili, which is spoken in Tanzania. Using a solar powered projection system, we have been able to show this movie to the Hadzabe, who had little or no understanding of Jesus. They have come to know of His amazing miracles and love through this film. On February 19, 2017, our first Hadza member from our camp became baptized after understanding Jesus as our Savior and now almost 100 more Hadzabe people have followed. We have partnered with local clergy and a Bishop to continue teaching our group and take the movie out to other Hadzabe camps as well.