From Hearts 2 Hands is a 501(c)(3) public charity
Our goal is to bridge the gap between simple thoughts of goodwill and physical actions of goodwill.
From Hearts 2 Hands Inc. works to better the lives of needy children in Tanzania through educating children, transforming health and infrastructure, and spreading joy. This is accomplished by designing curriculum, providing resources and supplies, initiating structural improvements, sponsoring educations and medical care and getting children excited about learning through novel activities.
In the summer of 2017 I left on a journey, 8,000 miles from home to Usa River, Tanzania to volunteer independently, without an organization, not even knowing who would meet me at the airport. Once I landed I was in for the ride of my life. A ride where I would fall in love with the Tanzanian people and their culture over the next three months. Initially I was only going to work at an orphanage, and though I continued volunteering there, two weeks into my trip I stumbled across a semi- constructed home- with unfinished ceilings, a bare cement floor, and only water pipes jutting out from the wall (no sinks!)- that serves as an unofficial daycare for about 40 infants and children. It is called Vipaji Daycare Center and is run with a missionto provide free or reduced childcare to support women in the community so they can work to provide for their families. However, the center was in dire need of structural, organizational and curriculum improvements and I felt compelled to try to make positive changes at the center. I worked to get a dental hygiene room constructed, kitchen and bathroom sinks installed, a chicken coop built and stocked with chickens for eggs and selling capital, and the children's curriculum revamped. In between volunteering some days at an orphanage, I prepared lessons plans and craft activities for the daycare center and in the mornings would teach the children either with a translator or as time progressed, by myself in Swahili. Afternoons were spent overseeing construction, shopping for supplies and building materials, playing with the children and conferencing with the school's director Goodluck about day to day needs, challenges, and operations as well as the future direction of the center. I returned the next summer (2018) and with your donations a playground was constructed at the nursery school, the college education of the nursery school's teacher sponsored, and five children were sponsored to transfer from crowded government schools to private schools through our new Mind Investor program.
From all of this the nonprofit From Hearts 2 Hands was born and many projects have followed. Click the “Deeds Done” tab to learn more. Close contact is kept with Vipaji Daycare Center all year and we are always thinking of the next step and next improvement for the forty little ones from infancy to twelve years old who daily frequent this center. We are also excited to have expanded our efforts to the surrounding community, partnering with other schools and organizations and continuing to add more students to our Mind Investor program. A recent partnership with Kwankono Disabled Center was able to provide ten children who can’t walk with brand new wheelchairs and a handicap accessible bathroom project is in the initial fundraising stages as well.
With continued investment and support From Hearts 2 Hands has the potential to transform these children and by extension the community of Usa River and other regions of Tanzania, both now and in the future.
Harvard trained physician Paul Farmer known for his revolutionary medical and public health work in Haiti had these words to say:
“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation.”
Join me today in allowing what tugs at your heartstrings to also propel you forward to be an agent of change.
Meet the founder:
Regarding her first solo trip and how projects were accomplished:
"There was no one to tell me I couldn' t, so I told myself I could."
The guiding question for her life that she would like you to ask yourself as well:
"What is the wrong you were born to right?"
Dr. Briana Greene is a 29 yr old physician from California whose heart is touched with a passion for children in poverty. That passion has become the focal point of her educational and life journey. She received a bachelor's in Religion & Healthcare in 2016 from the University of Miami, a M.D. from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and is currently a first year resident doctor specializing in Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California.
Briana plans to serve abroad in East Africa as a mission physician upon completion of her training.
Each year she returns to Tanzania to work to improve the lives of the children she has met. Her dream is to continue development of current initiatives and to cultivate new projects and partnerships that impact many more little lives positively - not only for today but for their & their country’s tomorrows.
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