The Olevolos Project: Setting up an Orphanage in Tanzania.

by Benjamin Jenks on August 30th, 2009
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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. - Mother Teresa



Steph, my friend from Ann Arbor whom introduces me to The Olevolos Project

Meet Steph.

We met in Ann Arbor.  Steph is finishing her degree in Business at the University of Michigan.  She coaches field hockey currently at a local high school, after playing for U of M the past four years.  


Steph is a touch cookie. If you know anything about field hockey (I knew very little till today), but the goal is to get a very hard ball, which is a little smaller than a softball, into a net using a stick that looks to me a bit like a back scratcher.  Steph’s friend was whacked in the head with the ball and was a bit out of it for a couple months and is lucky that there was no permanent damage.

The Olevolos Project

Steph visited Tanzania about two years ago and over tea, she tells me about an amazing project, named The Olevolos Project. Founded by Dory Gannes, a University of Michigan alum, she wants to build and open a nursery school in the small Tanzanian village of Olevolos.  

Steph got involved in the project, it seems partially because of Dory’s enthusiasm.  

When Dory reached this remote village, Steph recants, “she was greeted by a 100 or 200 smiling children.”

Here is a video clip about the project, if you have the time it really gives an accurate picture of the project and Dory.  

Steph gives me a gift of a bracelet made by women of the village of Olevolos.  In order to raise the money to fund the school, the women made over 1000 bracelets that will be sold here for $5 a piece to fund the school.


Bracelets made by the women of the Tanzanian village of Olevolos

Bracelets made by the women of the Tanzanian village of Olevolos (from

If you are interested in this project, please check their site, The Olevolos Project, or if you really wanted to get involved I am sure you could participate in selling the bracelets.  Contact Dory thru their website or send me a message and I could get you in touch.


Tommorrow, I head… well, I am still not sure yet, but I will start off heading south on Route 23 to leave Michigan.  New England and the West are battling for my heart; I am going to keep my eyes peeled for inspiration as I start to travel.

Create Our World.


“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa



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