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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.


My Recent Trip to Tanzania

Posted in the September 2023 Newsletter

This August, I took my 4th trip back to Tanzania since moving back to the US in 2020. This time it had been over a year since I was last in Mwanza and I noticed so much that had changed, AND so much that had stayed the same.

I drove up some of the same dirt roads and saw some of the same businesses thriving and struggling. The cultural features of people out and about in town also remained the same. The ease of catching up on friendships and relationships remains one constant that I hope never changes.

At the same time, I noticed some differences. A new airport terminal nearing completion. Brand new bus stands that were bustling places of transportation and business. Even tracks being laid for a brand new electric train that will run from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza.

This is similar to what I encountered at Wesley College. I enjoyed spending time catching up with staff, hearing how they are doing, and seeing the new things they are working on.

Some of the challenges are the same. Unstable internet connections, missing certain library resources, and an outdated computer lab are some of the challenges with which we are still struggling. There are challenges with government processes slowing down the college’s growth as well as our style of practical, community college education still being a new concept in Tanzania and not fully accepted.

Yet there were new things brewing as well. A new Gender Based Violence Desk which will provide a safe space to report any sexual harassment or discrimination. A new social work program close to receiving its accreditation. New efforts towards community engagement, receiving training on service learning which links community volunteerism with classroom learning. Many staff who are in the process of continuing their education--working on a degree in computer science or human resource management or a master’s degree in business, accounting, or theology.

Staff are continuing to grow and as they grow they model a growth mind-set for students. Often we focus on students and how they are changed by their time at Wesley College or graduates and the amazing work they are doing in the world. However, the growth of our students is directly tied to the dedication and growth of our staff. The classroom and corridor experience is what creates the progress in students and graduates that are the heart-beat of Wesley College. Despite the challenges, and the slow grind of development and growth, Wesley College staff stay dedicated to their work.

Seeing them was a blessing-- sharing time with them an inspiration. And I am excited to be finding better ways to support the work they do every day as we move forward.

I look forward to this continued growth and connection with staff at future events for Wesley College. I will be running in the Rock City Marathon on November 4th with Wesley College staff and students. One way you can partner up to connect with our staff and students is by "joining" us on the run--virtually.

We love linking together across the ocean for good- and what better way than through exercise and sportsmanship. The Rock City Run is a virtual race that you can run solo or with a group while benefiting students in Mwanza. I am also posting training videos on social media with inspiring stories from Tanzania that provide motivation.

You can learn more about this virtual run and can join by clicking here.


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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