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 Press Release April 2016
 The Tandana Foundation Awarded a Grant from Dining for Women to Support Its Literacy Program in Mali


Spring Valley, Ohio The Tandana Foundation is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $47,980 grant by Dining for Women, a nonprofit organization that funds grassroots programs working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. The grant will help support Tandana's Literacy Program for women in Mali.

 

“It’s wonderful to have the support of Dining for Women for this program, which will have deep and far-reaching impacts on women’s self-sufficiency and leadership capacity in Bandiagara Circle, Mali.  Seeing the students’ enthusiasm for the new skills they are acquiring through our literacy program makes me even more excited about being able to continue the program and offer more training,” said Tandana’s Founding Director Anna Taft.

 

Women in Mali's Bandiagara Circle asked Tandana to start basic literacy and numeracy classes so that they could negotiate better in the marketplace, run their micro-businesses and support their families independently. By the end of 2016, 1117 women in 30 different villages will have participated in the basic classes. These classes have made a huge difference in the women's lives.

 

"We thank The Tandana Foundation.  Because of you, we can recognize telephone numbers. We go to the market and we can manage because we are able to recognize the numbers.  We can now write and read by ourselves," said Salimata Kanambaye, a literacy student from the village of Orsongho.

 

The women, who are highly motivated, asked Tandana for more support to help them continue learning. In the future, Tandana will offer advanced literacy classes along with training workshops in association management, democratic governance and leadership skills. The grant will help support these new classes and workshops. The new classes and workshops will enable the women to network their micro-businesses and access government support, making it possible for them to achieve greater self-sufficiency and fulfill potential leadership positions within their villages.

 

For this six-month funding cycle, Dining for Women received 70 letters of inquiry seeking a grant. Dining for Women then invited 15 organizations to submit a full proposal. Tandana was one of six organizations awarded a grant.

 

The Tandana Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports cross-cultural volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and community projects in highland Ecuador and Mali's Dogon Country. For more information or to sign-up for a volunteer vacation, please visit www.tandanafoundation.org.

 

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Media Contact: Susan Koller, Public Relations Specialist

E-mail: susan@tandanafoundation.org



Press Release February 2016

The Tandana Foundation Announces Its 10th Anniversary Campaign

 

Spring Valley, Ohio-The Tandana Foundation is excited to announce the start of its "Ten Years of Joining Hands and Changing Lives" campaign. This year-long campaign commemorates the 10th anniversary of Tandana receiving its nonprofit status and celebrates the foundation's decade of changing people's lives through its work in Ecuador and Mali.

 

"The theme for our 10-year anniversary, “Joining Hands and Changing Lives,” highlights what is most important to Tandana: relationships. Forging positive relationships is at the heart of our international volunteer programs and community development projects as well as our school scholarship fund. These opportunities to live, labor, and laugh with people of diverse cultural backgrounds broadens our worldviews, strengthens our communities, and propels us all toward our potential—not as isolated individuals but as globally interdependent ones. In this way, our ability to change lives is amplified exponentially," said Juliana Essen, Tandana's Operations Director.

 

This campaign consists of many events to mark Tandana's momentous milestone. A special 10th anniversary trip to Ecuador for Tandana board and staff members will be held from September 24th to October 2nd. The goal of this trip is to bring board and staff members together, to recognize the good that has been done, and to shape plans for the future. Tandana will also hold a celebration in mid-November in central Ohio to express thanks to those who have made Tandana’s work possible.  Other commemorations will take place throughout the year, including blog posts by long-time supporters and special giving opportunities.


The Tandana Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports cross-cultural volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and community projects in highland Ecuador and Mali's Dogon Country. For more information or to sign-up for a volunteer vacation, please visit www.tandanafoundation.org.

 

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Media Contact: Susan Koller, Public Relations Specialist

E-mail: susan@tandanafoundation.org







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