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Posted below, you will find news from Wesley College. We hope that you will visit this page often, to stay connected to Mwanza, Tanzania -- our students, faculty, and partners.


During the Great Migration of animals moving from the Masai Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania there are thousands of wildebeests, cap buffalo, gazelle, and zebra. As the animals brave crossing the Mara River where crocodiles and lions are just waiting to fill their stomachs it is the zebra that move first. Not because they are stronger or have a better chance of surviving, but because the zebra are following the rain and growing grasses

that feed thousands of animals. The zebra are the ones who lead the way and eat the top part of the grass getting the savannah ready to feed the thousands that will follow.

My friends – YOU are the zebra!

You made 2023 Wesley College Foundation’s biggest year possible. You offered scholarships to 105 students. You fostered space for conversation, learning, and growth for 241 students. 

Please read on to see how the Wesley College Foundation, through your amazing effort, transformed lives in Tanzania in 2023.


Accessibility is one of the four pillars of Wesley College Foundation. Students cannot
experience the transformative education of Wesley College without generous supporters,
interested in seeing lives changed. Gilbert was one of our featured students in 2023. He
shared how he wasn’t even able to finish high school because of his family’s financial situation and was forced into an endless string of low wage jobs just to support himself. The day he found out his studies would be supported through a scholarship he dropped everything else--recognizing this once in a life time opportunity.


Wesley College Foundation is growing. Brady Banks came on as the Director of Foundation Development; Dr. John Wayne Smith joined us as a new board member from Northwest Arkansas, and most importantly you all contributed more than ever before---making it possible to increase support to Wesley College and students in Tanzania. Gilbert is about to finish a second diploma in community development, has a small business that supports his family, and just started as the new pastor of Kalaluma United Methodist Church. He is a great example of how opportunity creates more opportunity and Wesley College Foundation is On the Move towards forming even more servant leaders for the church and community because of your support and work.

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