• Our Mission
    Friends of Imiliwaha are helping improve the quality of life in Imiliwaha, Tanzania through education and healthcare. EDUCATION is key to help the ch ... . . . LEARN MORE
  • Education
    Education = Hope (Tumaini) With the knowledge that Sister Afra acquired in the United States, and with incredible support of a wide range of people‚Ä ... . . . LEARN MORE
  • Health Care
    Health Care Issues: Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Malnutrition, OB/Gyn At the height of the AIDS crisis in Africa, in 2003, ... . . . LEARN MORE
  • Get Connected
    Get Connected by joining any of the efforts of Friends of Imiliwaha.  Financial Support - Donations, tax-deductible, support the work o ... . . . LEARN MORE
  • Our Tanzania Visit
    In June 2013, a Friends of Imiliwaha delegation of 3 women headed across the ocean to visit Tanzania. (They paid for their own travel.) Sister Helen ... . . . LEARN MORE
  • S Fausta's Dream
    Sister Fausta’s Dream (by Warren and Margaret Roth, board members, FOI) Sister Fausta Mtweve is the third sister from the convent of St. Gertrude i ... . . . LEARN MORE


Thanks for your interest in Friends of Imiliwaha!

Beatrice glasses2afra flowersWe invite you to explore our website and to consider ways to become involved in this inspiring mission in Imiliwaha, a village in rural Tanzania, where our friends, Sisters Afra (L) and Beatrice (R), and their religious community, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude, have worked so hard to improve the quality of life for villagers.

Since FOI's beginning days, our efforts have expanded to Sumbawanga, a city in the western part of Tanzania, where S Afra is leading the efforts to build and operate a school for girls. 


FOI BD ABFriends of Imiliwaha NFP is an all-volunteer group of professional, business and nonprofit leaders who crossed paths with, and became inspired by, the incredible efforts of these two women who came to study in Lisle, IL back in 2003. To support their efforts, Friends of Imiliwaha, FOI, formed in 2010, incorporated in 2012, and is involved in supporting educational and health related endeavors as resources are available.

Support our efforts by clicking on this secure donation website.

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