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About FOI


Friends of Imiliwaha (FOI) Vision

To support the work of Sisters Afra Mgwama and Beatrice Kayombo as they focus on the educational and health care needs of their people in Imiliwaha and Sumbawanga, Tanzania.

FOI Mission

Friends of Imiliwaha NFP helps improve the quality of life in Imiliwaha, Tanzania through education and healthcare.

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DDN26.IMG 2948Our Intention: Tumaini (Hope)

Children suffer from poverty, nutritional deficiencies, health issues, and inadequate housing. Some are orphans. Family, villagers and the Sisters try to provide the best care possible for the little ones. Education is the way out of poverty. Education is hope. Tumaini.

How FOI Helps

The opportunity to build a school in Sumbawanga, TZ presented itself and Friends of Imiliwaha responded generously! Sister Afra directed the effort locally, working with contractors and suppliers. Her FOI friends pursued resources in the U.S.

Adequately supplied and equipped classrooms with trained teachers will allow more children to receive education. FOI will explore how limited resources can be directed to best strengthen the educational efforts of the Sisters. 

Sister Afra has extensive training and ability to ensure that the children receive the best education possible. FOI will support her efforts to enhance the schools so children receive a quality education.

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Get Connected


Get Connected by joining any of the efforts of Friends of Imiliwaha

  • Financial Support - Donations, tax-deductible, support the work of Sister Afra to strenghten educational efforts and care for the orphans of her village, and supports the medical education and health care projects of Sister Beatrice. FOI is 100% volunteer based. image.png
  • Special Projects - efforts are underway to connect students from Benedictine University and Benet Academy 
  • Mission Trips - check back for news about future mission trips.
  • Social Media - spread the word on Facebook about Friends of Imiliwaha 


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Sum_happy_learnerEducation = Hope (Tumaini)

With the knowledge that Sister Afra acquired in the United States, and with incredible support of a wide range of people—from grade school students where she student taught to parishioners from local churches—she returned to her homeland to serve in February 2012.

The vast differences of life in the U. S. and Imiliwaha are stunning. The needs in her country are indescribable but the benevolence channeled through the Friends of Imiliwaha and others eases the pain of poverty.

Sister Afra shares: God’s work is my work. I know I can’t do it by myself. I rely on my Sisters, villagers, and my Friends of Imiliwaha network for the support I need to care for the orphans and impoverished children in our village. God’s infinite grace comes to me in many ways. I am so very grateful for Friends of Imiliwaha for all their help and friendships. I will channel this love and support to the little ones in our village. I invite you to join our effort. [DONATION LINK]

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Our Mission

Friends of Imiliwaha are helping improve the quality of life in Imiliwaha, Tanzania through education and healthcare.

school childEDUCATION is key to help the children of Imiliwaha escape poverty and become productive citizens. Sister Afra, with extensive training as an educator and administrator at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL USA, knows what needs to be done to strengthen educational opportunities for the children in her village. She returned to Tanzania in February 2012 to begin the challenging process of developing comprehensive educational plans.

Sister Fausta completed her undergrad and graduate education at BenU and returned to Tanzania in 2019. She is now preparing to open a school in the suburbs of Dar Es Salaam.

Friends of Imiliwaha, with guidance from Sisters Afra and Fausta, will support specific educational and related projects, like providing school supplies and teachers' materials. When resources allow, FOI will provide funds for classroom and dormitory construction.

HEALTH CARE is vital to ensure that the children, villagers and Sisters thrive. But this rural community lacks adequate access to trainedmalaria-poster  medical personnel. Sister Beatrice, who worked in her village as a nurse,completed her training as a medical doctor at Poznan University Medical School in Poland following her undergrad and premedical studies at Benedictine University.

Sister Beatrice is interning at a major hospital in Dar Es Salaam, TZ. She returns to Imiliwaha whenever possible and coordinates medical mission trips. She is scheduled to finish her residency training in 2020.

Friends of Imiliwaha supports her medical school expenses and colaborates with medical professors and students at Benedictine University and with those who want to share their skills with the people of Imiliwaha. FOI will, as resources are available, provide supplies, medicine and other medically essential equipment.



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Thanks for visiting Friends of Imiliwaha! 

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Support FOI

Financial support is directed to improving education and health of the people of Imiliwaha. FOI is frugal, and a 100% volunteer board. Our secure online donations link

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Prayer is welcome! Keep Sisters Afra and Beatrice, the people of Imiliwaha, and Friends of Imiliwaha in your prayers.


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