Discovering there’s another way to fight soil degradation - Soil erosion has been a major challenge facing farmers in the Bandiagara District of Mali, and a primary area of focus for the village-run Olouguèlèmo Association. To assist the environmental association in combating erosion, The Tandana Foundation brought in a specialist who taught members a new prevention technique – building stone contour lines to control … Continue reading "Discovering there’s another way to fight soil degradation"
Forming bonds of friendship while working, playing together in Motilón Chupa - A group a students from ARCC, an organization that designs and operates programs exclusively for students, recently participated in a cultural learning and service trip with The Tandana Foundation in Motilón Chupa, Ecuador. During the week-long trip, the students were engaged with local community members through living, working, and playing alongside them via such activities … Continue reading "Forming bonds of friendship while working, playing together in Motilón Chupa"
Tandana’s founder explains the importance of organizations taking a personal approach in new thesis - Creating and leading The Tandana Foundation has been a great experiment, based on commitments to certain values and on hunches about how we can work together in positive ways. Over the last thirteen years, I’ve heard a lot about what this work means to people and seen its effects in communities, and all of these … Continue reading "Tandana’s founder explains the importance of organizations taking a personal approach in new thesis"
A scholarship student motivated to create a better world - Sisa Lissbeth Panamá Mármol is an ambitious student, pursuing a difficult major in mechanical engineering with a scholarship from The Tandana Foundation. She has likewise challenging long-term goals for herself – to combat the destruction of the environment. In the following letter, Sisa shares her story and thanks the Tandana donors who provided her with … Continue reading "A scholarship student motivated to create a better world"
The many impacts of the Olouguèlèmo Association’s environmental protection work - The Olouguèlèmo Association has been actively organizing and implementing projects to conserve and restore the biodiversity and environment across the Wadouba Township of Mali. Nineteen communities are now a part of the association, which receives support from The Tandana Foundation in the form of funds, training, and other resources. In the following blog, Moussa Tembiné … Continue reading "The many impacts of the Olouguèlèmo Association’s environmental protection work"
Reflecting on my time with Tandana, ready to tackle another great challenge - For nearly a decade, Susan Koller has been a beloved team member of The Tandana Foundation, helping to spread awareness of the organization’s mission and share stories on this blog and with the media. As Susan leaves Tandana to pursue a cause very close to her heart, she has composed this blog to reflect on … Continue reading "Reflecting on my time with Tandana, ready to tackle another great challenge"
Making colada morada with my family! - Traditional food and drink are important aspects of a community’s culture. When volunteers travel to Ecuador and Mali with The Tandana Foundation, they are immersed in the local cultures of the communities they stay in, and often have the opportunity to not only sample the local cuisine, but also learn how to make it. In … Continue reading "Making colada morada with my family!"
Showing her children what can be accomplished through education - University student Maria Cecilia Morales Tamayo has sought to set an example for her daughters on what can be accomplished when you have a goal in mind and the importance of education. In the letter below, Cecilia expressess her thanks to The Tandana Foundation sponsors who helped her continue her studies and complete her accounting … Continue reading "Showing her children what can be accomplished through education"
A job teaching others, and learning so much in return - The Tommo So literacy, numeracy, and leadership classes organized by The Tandana Foundation have trained more than 1,400 women in rural Mali and impacted thousands of more lives. Besides empowering and changing the lives of the students in the classes, the program has also created new and transformative jobs as instructors for other community members … Continue reading "A job teaching others, and learning so much in return"
Overwhelming generosity enables Tandana to expand programs - Thanks to the support of dozens of purpose-driven individuals, The Tandana Foundation was able to raise enough money to increase the number of people who will be able to participate in three programs it organizes with communities in rural Ecuador and Mali. During its annual Friends and Funds Raiser event, Tandana raised thousands of dollars, … Continue reading "Overwhelming generosity enables Tandana to expand programs"