Godparents for Tanzania provides scholarships to fifty students from the Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions. Our students attend Tanzanian secondary schools, vocational training programs, colleges, and universities. Our students’ schools and programs of study are carefully chosen, so that our graduates can find permanent, full-time employment and work to raise the standard of living for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Our story begins in 1995, with a visit to Tanzania that established a deep friendship and a shared mission. Dwayne Westermann, a Lutheran parish pastor from Roanoke, Virginia, made a sabbatical visit at the invitation of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, East Africa. His host for the two-week stay was Pastor Yotham Baha, the diocese officer for Christian Education. The two men travelled throughout the Kilimanjaro and Karatu regions to see the many churches, schools and projects that the church supported. And, to see poverty and hunger unlike any Westermann was familiar with even among the poor in the US.