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If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African Proverb.

Find out what drives us to do what we do & who we are.

Working together with our in-country partners and a vast and growing group of committed volunteers, A is for Africa has contributed to the significant achievement of Matim Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania. While much has been accomplished, there is much still to be done. It takes a village - and in our case we are proud of creating a village that spans from the foothills of Arusha, Tanzania to the elementary schools and community groups of Mt. Airy, Maryland to other friends and family around the world. 


Rick Smith

2007 – The connection to Masaai Wanderings is made and A is for Africa is born.


2009 – A is for Africa receives designation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The preschool at Ol Tukai is built.

2011 – 
The preschool at Matim is built. 

2012 – A is for Africa conducts its first volunteer trip to Tanzania. The teacher appreciation program begins.


2013 – Lunch is served! A is for Africa begins providing a hot meal to the youngest 120 students at Matim

2014 – School lunch is expanded to all 900 students at Matim. The computer lab is open and teacher training begins.

2015 – The library opens at Matim. Computer, sewing, and gardening clubs are launched.

2016 – The computer library opens with 21 donated laptops.

2017 – Lunch program expands to nearby primary school Olkokola for one year.

2018 – Construction begins on new community library.

Learn more about the story behind A is for Africa here.

A NOTE FROM OUR director