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Parksville educators raising to support education in Tanzania

Group holding fundraiser May 6-7
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Front from left, Mary Wendling, Joy McWhirter and Helen McWhirter during their trip to Tanzania. (Submitted photo)

Three Parksville Qualicum Beach area educators are raising funds for their charity, Nakujali Education Partnerships, which supports education in Tanzania.

They are holding a two-day tomato plant and garage sale at 675 Pym St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6-7.

Nakujali is a registered Canadian charity based in Parksville that was started in 2019 by Joy and Helen McWhirter and Mary Wendling, after visiting Arusha, Tanzania where they assisted educators there.

During that visit it became evident to them a great many children were either missing out on an education altogether, or if attending one of the local government schools, were too hungry to concentrate on their lessons.

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“Nakujali, which means we care about you in Swahili, creates and facilitates individual partnerships between Tanzanian students in need and sponsors who want to be personally involved in helping a child or young adult achieve their goals,” said Joy McWhirter. “We are run entirely by volunteers both in Canada and in Tanzania, so 100 per cent of the money raised at this fundraiser will go directly to our children in Tanzania.”

More information: www.nakujali.org.

— NEWS Staff

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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