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Taste of Tanzania is back!

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Join us for Girls Education Collaborative’s 2nd annual Taste of Tanzania!

Tuesday, May 2 | 6:00- 8:30pm | 3275 Elmwood Avenue | Tonawanda, NY | 14217

Enjoy a buffet-style authentic Tanzanian dinner, featuring a marketplace of local venders, a basket raffle, and vibrant African music.


Patron (‘Special friend of GEC’) – $50
Adult – $25
Student – $15
Child (under 10) – $10

Along with a fabulous group of her friends and family, GEC board member, Louise Sano, will cook a truly authentic and mouth watering African meal to benefit Girls Education Collaborative and the Kitenga School For Girls.

The night features:

– Free and convenient parking
– A basket raffle with some hot ticket items (stay tuned for the list!)
– Give Back to Girls Marketplace returns (stay tuned for the list of merchants!)
– A banner to sign that will be brought to Kitenga for the dedication of the school
– Two bars with beer and wine available
– Video from GEC Executive Director, Anne Wadsworth’s latest trip to Kitenga-  including some special footage of students at the school!
– Entertainment (stay tuned for more info!)


We are so proud to announce, that with GECs help, the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa have opened their amazing secondary school for girls in Kitenga. After many years of dreaming, planning, fundraising, and building, there are 59 girls on campus! This years Taste of Tanzania will be extra special as we celebrate the forthcoming official dedication of the Kitenga School For Girls.

The opening of the school is just the beginning! With your support, we’re working to build a foundation for the Kitenga School For Girls’ long-term success and growth. This year’s Taste of Tanzania has a fundraising goal of $30,000 to start ‘The Whole Girl Fund’. This fund will provide support to ensure that every girl’s needs are met, including:

  • Medical Care
  • Nutritious Diets
  • Academic Enrichment Programs
  • Athletics
  • Library shelves, overflowing with books!

The Whole Girl Fund will keep ‘inability to pay’ from ever being the reason a deserving girl is unable to attend this special school.



Your contributions, through buying a ticket, volunteering, sponsoring the event, participating in the “Give Back to Girls Marketplace” or various raffles have a direct impact on the lives of the girls at the Kitenga School For Girls. By obtaining an education, they acquire the tools they need to achieve the potential they deserve. Because they are in a boarding school, they are safe from the region’s cultural traditions of female genital mutilation and being sold into marriage.

Cannot attend on May 2, but would like to help us reach our goal?

Finally, this event would not be possible without generous sponsors from the community who are interested in advancing a girl’s right to education around the world. Please choose a sponsor level from the list below that works best with your organization. Upon doing so, please click on the image below to conduct a sponsor transaction online today, or contact Emily Marciniak, emily.gec@gmail.com, 716.783.0590 for details.

Current sponsors:







Peter C. Cornell Trust

Joanne Castellani & Michael Andriaccio Charitable Fund

Phil Niswander

Michelle Parrish

Carole Hasegawa

Bee Social Buffalo

Planned Futures Financial Group LLC

North Woods Capital Benefits

Full Circle Studios

Smolen Bonghi Fleischmann CPA

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See you on May 2!

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