Read All About It!

Tanzanian writer and journalist Freddy Macha writes about Dogodogo: Tanzanian Street Children Tell Their Stories in the Friday April 16th edition of The Citizen. 

According to Macha, the street boys’ stories and artwork  sum up important aspects of life and culture in today’s Tanzania. They show how the written word has the power to bring together “those suffering..those seeking information and those keen to help.”


April 19, 2010 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Stepping Stones Trust Fund, Tanzania

Supporters of Dogodogo and Emusoi are encouraged to visit an exciting new website, re-launched last week by the Stepping Stones Trust Fund, Tanzania.

The website gives up-to-date news of the activities of the young people supported by both projects as well as new (painless!) ways to donate funds:

March 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

DFID partners with Dogodogo

DFID, the Department for International Development which leads the UK Government’s fight against world poverty, supports the Dogodogo Centre for Street Children Trust in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

UK tax payers can see how some of their hard-earned money is helping to transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable youngsters by visiting the DFID website which features the story of Aloys Funga Funga, one of the young men cared for by Dogodogo:

March 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Maasai travel to Dar es Salaam for Emusoi book launch

The Maasai turned out in force at the launch of Emusoi: Maasai girls tell their stories in Tanzania last Wednesday, January 27th. A group of 17 Maasai warriors performed traditional dance and singer/song writer Caroli Kinasha entertained guests with Maasai melodies.

The launch was hosted by HE Jon Lemoy, Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, at his official residence in Dar es Salaam, and attended by more than 200 guests.

Maryknoll Sister Jean Pruitt, founder of the Dogodogo Centre Street Children’s Trust (“sister project” to the Emusoi Centre) sent the following account of the proceedings:

“The Book Lauch was just super!  We had a great turn out of friends and supporters.  It was an added attraction because we had youth from 20 countries on the Peace Building Workshop who totally enjoyed the Maasai Dancers – as did the whole gathering.  Caroli Kinasha was simply awesome.  She was accompanied by a guitarist and her voice is so beautiful.  She and the Maasai in the crowd (and there were many) sang together at one point and that was thrilling.  Tunu Lukumbuzya, who wrote the Foreword, was great to come and introduce the book and Linda had tears flowing in the audience.  She read her poem in from the book and took it from there.  She is one of the most composed and clear speakers I have ever seen in a young woman.   The UK High Commissioner HE Diane Corner was there; also the US Ambassador , Bishop Kilaini,  and Judge Makaramba.  Judge Makaramba is the champion of children’s rights in Tanzania and he was so pleased to be invited.  Both ITV and Channel 10 covered the launch.  Citizen will review the book next week and Daily News will do an article with Linda…I introduced myself as “Sister Mary’s stand in” and Mary was thanked for being Mama to all the pastoralist girls…”

Maasai dancers pose with Emusoi graduate Linda (second from the right) and Tunu Lukumbuzya, author of the Emusoi Foreword, (standing to the right of the banner).

In Chapter 3 of the book, Linda (left) tells of the devastating effects of climate change on the traditional pastoralist way of life of the Maasai. Tunu Lukumbuzya (right), humanities teacher at the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam and author of the Foreword, also attended the launch.

Linda and her friends join Judge Makaramba (centre left) and Dogodogo founder Sister Jean Pruitt (far right). Judge Makaramba is widely praised for his work championing the rights of children in Tanzania.

January 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

More pictures from the New York launch of Emusoi

My thanks to Maryknoll Sister Aurora de la Cruz for sending her photos of the New York launch of Emusoi, which took place last December 14th, 2009 at the Mercy Corps Action Center to end World Hunger, Battery Park.

Left to right: Maryknoll Sisters Dolores Geier and Virgeen Healey, HE Mr Philip Parham, UK Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, Kasia Parham, and Maryknoll Sisters Dolores Mitch and Aurora de la Cruz.

Left to right: Kasia Parham, Maryknoll Sisters Dolores Mitch and Dolores Geier and Ms Mary Logan, teacher at Red Bank Catholic High School, New Jersey. Ms Logan’s students have been faithful supporters of Sister Mary’s work in Tanzania.

January 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

UN Deputy Secretary-General attends New York Emusoi book launch

Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, attended the launch of Emusoi: Maasai girls tell their stories on Monday December 14th.
There were more than 100 guests at the event, which took place at the Mercy Corps Action Center to End World Hunger, Battery Park, New York. Guests included members of Emusoi director Sr Mary Vertucci’s family, several of her sisters from Maryknoll, as well as a number of Sr Mary’s old college friends, faithful supporters of the Emusoi Centre, and distinguished representatives from UN agencies and UN diplomatic missions, schools, colleges and NGOs.
A large number of copies of both Emusoi and Dogodogo were sold and many guests promised to urge schools and colleges to use the books as texts for teaching and learning global citizenship.

Left to right: HE Mr Augustine Mahiga - Tanzanian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr Amalle Daou, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro - Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Mrs Kasia Parham, Mrs Elizabeth Mahiga, HE Mr Philip Parham - UK Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. (Photo by Russell Bruns.)

December 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Do kids in Tanzania play ball games?

Second graders at Northside Center for Child Development, New York, asked interesting questions about the lives of street children in Tanzania after listening to the stories of the Dogodogo boys on Wednesday December 9th. (Photo by Ms Kendra.)

The students learned that children of their own age in other parts of the world do not enjoy the right to play, and to have fun, When they heard how Edward was forced to do household chores for his aunt and uncle while the rest of the family sat down to eat, Jennifer asked, “Do kids in Tanzania play ball games?” Brandon asked, “When do they play?” and Joseph added, “Do they like Pokemon cards?”

The US students were clearly struck by the differences between their own lives and those of the Dogodogo boys. Both Jaden and Randiell asked, “Do any kids go to school?” when they heard how Isaac used to watch his friends going off to primary school, wishing that he could go with them.

The kids’ teacher, Mr Nick Felts, said the kids at Northside were especially taken with the illustrations in the book because these were all drawn by the Dogodogo boys themselves.

December 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

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