Helena, Yusufu, and Matayo. These triplets captured Meghann Gunderman’s heart in 2004 when she volunteered at their orphanage in Tanzania. They were four years old at the time, and their smiles were bright, but their future seemed dim. They were about to “age out” of Nkoranga Orphanage, the only home they had ever known.
There are over one million orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania, and, because of that staggering number, most orphanages do not have the capacity or resources to care for children over the age of five. Therefore, with their 5th birthday, children age out of their orphanages and are pushed to the streets.
What began with a plea to family and friends to contribute funds to place these triplets in boarding school has grown into The Foundation For Tomorrow, an organization passionately committed to investing in children and the power of education.
TFFT’s Scholarship Program remains our paramount program. TFFT was born from a vision to educate Helena, Yusufu, and Matayo, and our focus remains that personal. TFFT partners with orphanages and private boarding schools. We place our Scholarship Students from our partner orphanages into our partner schools. Additionally TFFT operates a government applauded Teacher’s Training Program and Full Circle, an after-school program for our Scholarship Students.
Meghann leads The Foundation For Tomorrow on a daily basis as Executive Director. She feels that TFFT will strengthen not only each child, but communities throughout Tanzania and eventually our world. Helena, Yusufu, and Matayo just celebrated their 11th birthdays as thriving members of class 5 (equivalent to 5th grade) at Usa River Academy.