In March 2012, Emmanuel Foundation and Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation proved that with the right attitude and workers, natural and cultural barriers can lead to endless laughter, new friends, a joyous community, and a beautiful playground. The two foundations along with volunteers from Canada and local communities of Oldeani and Meali successfully installed playgrounds at two schools in Tanzania.
Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation (MATCF) is an organization that designs and funds sustainable development projects around the world with a vision to empower one another through the alleviation of poverty. MATCF aims to transform lives globally by strategically designing programs that work for each community.
The volunteers and workers involved in the playground project were welcomed and encouraged to continue their work as the beautiful sound of children singing in the schools nearby inspired them to see the projection through to completion. The playground was presented at the Grand Opening Celebration. The community outreach in Tanzania also included a medical team that provided various medical services for the people living in the community. These services included eye exams and education about dental care. The excitement, fun, and laughter filled the atmosphere of the community of Oldeani, Tanzania. Emmanuel Foundation is grateful and blessed to be a part of this project.