While traveling in Tanzania, a small group of Thomson guests was touched by the country’s limited educational resources. More than the lack of supplies, they noticed the hope in the eyes of the students. This dedicated group of travelers, along with Judi Wineland, founded the nonprofit organization, Friends of Tanzanian Schools.
More than 12 years later, the name has changed to Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC) and the community-based influence has flourished. The heart of the mission: to partner with Tanzanian communities on sustainable development projects. In addition to continuing its work with schools, FoTZC provides funding to healthcare, clean water and women’s empowerment initiatives.