Tidings to Tanzania
Once again, Northland Capital teamed up with the St. Teresa Orphans Foundation (STOF) and pooled our efforts to put together a shipping container en route to Songea, Tanzania. STOF’s mission is to rescue orphans and vulnerable children, providing basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, love and hope. This past Christmas, employees and community members were able to gather not only gifts and backpacks for the children there, but also for the clinic, schools, farming, hostels, children’s homes, and library. The first container sent out in 2017 traveled 8,642 miles and was transformed into a library for the orphanage.
Willis and Jodi Kleinjan, along with Northland Capital employees donated $1500 to the second container and over $1000 in general donations. Over six months of the foundation receiving donated items such as bikes, clothing, shoes, baby items, toys, textbooks, beds, dressers, file cabinets, and school desks; we aided in packing all of these items into a shipping container and sent it off to its final destination of St. Teresa’s Orphanage. The 40 foot container was packed full. Once it arrived in Tanzania, the container needed to be lifted with a crane, which was generously provided by the Army allowing the contents to be unloaded at its final destination.
Teresa Nyirenda Litchy, STOF founder and director, returned from Tanzania with powerful stories and heart-warming renditions. The container arrived a little later than expected, actually on Christmas day. Unloading the container for three days straight to make it in time for the Christmas party was a feat in and of itself. Leaving no time to properly wrap gifts, the donated items made it intact and with just enough backpacks—brimming with Christmas gifts for each child—to go around for all the kids. Though it may not be traditional wrapping paper with the candy colored stripes and big ribbons, the school bags provided just as much joy and holiday spirit.
The transformation of the first container into a library had amazing results, we are anxious to put the second container to use. As Willis and Jodi plan another adventure to STOF this summer, we look forward to the new projects and successes, and above all else, the children’s smiles and giddy spirits.