Anne-Marie Montgomery is a science teacher at Westside Secondary School.
She is heading back to Africa this summer to check on the Bahiti Project, of which she is the International Director. Here is her story:
My first trip to Africa was over 10 years ago and this summer will be my 5th trip to Africa (although my fourth time to Tanzania).
After my second trip to Tanzania, I co-founded of The Bahati Project which is a locally run project that supports three different organizations in Tanzania. The organizations include a girl's safe house, an orphanage and a pre-primary school. The Bahati Project was started in 2013 by myself and two of my friends. To date we estimate that we have raised close to $40 000 for these projects!
After my third trip to Tanzania, Tengeru Village Development Centre (the pre-primary school) was going to be shut down due to funding issues. Although education is obviously my passion, the school was more important to me because the 65 children who attend get fed two meals per day while being at the school (often the only meals of the day). It just didn't sit right that these children would no longer have access to these meals (as well as education, dental and health care). So I decided to take on the task of running the school in 2015 and have been funding it through the Bahati Project ever since. I'm going back in July to touch base on how things are going but it's a pretty cool project!