and More Projects in Partnership
with the Pommern Community

Pommern Water Project


Our Friendship with Pommern

In March 2008, we (Eric Noyes and Mimi Gendreau) traveled to Pommern, Tanzania for a community service trip through Global Volunteers, an NGO based in Minnesota.  We fell in love with the people and the area.  Since we felt such a connection with the Pommern community, we decided that we wanted to continue our partnership by supporting an important project that would make a long term difference for the students and families.  We learned about the need for a new water system for the school and community.  We felt that we could do much in partnership with the community by raising funds for this water system.  Thus, we committed to support the Pommern Water Project by spearheading the fundraising.  We raised $70,000 to build the new water system through our own donations, fundraisers, 2010 Matching Campaign and successfully writing for a grant from a foundation.  The Pommern Water Project was completed and dedicated in November 2011.  It now supplies water to the Pommern Secondary School, Primary School, Medical Clinic and many other people in the community.

New Partnerships and Projects

Because of our strong friendship with the Pommern community, after the Pommern Water Project was completed, we continued to travel to Pommern and wanted to learn of other ways that we could partner with the Pommern community.  We learned of a new small Tanzanian organization called Upendo Mmoja