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Feb. 15, 2018– We are proud to share an excellent new report from our AHEAD

partners on the ground in Bukoba:

Pediatric Ward Construction Phases 1 & 2 Report 









Jan. 20, 2018- The winter meeting of the AHEAD Board of Directors was held

Pediatric Ward construction Jan. 14, 2018

in Rockville, Maryland. Reports on trips, strategies, volunteer recruitment, project progress and financial information was shared with and approved by the Board, as was a presentation on new health outreach technology by doctoral candidate Annie Lasway. Recent photos showed the fast pace at which AHEAD members are constructing the pediatric ward in Maruku, Kagera Region, Tanzania. The year 2017 saw the successful advancement of AHEAD projects, and we look forward to accomplishing even more in 2018!

 Dec. 20, 2017- The students who greeted American AHEAD volunteers this summer have written beautiful thank you notes to show their appreciation for all that AHEAD has done for their school, Bukara Secondary School. Our projects at the school (so far!) have included funding electricity installations, a girls’ latrine with accompanying water tank, and donating some sports equipment like frisbees, soccer balls, and a jump rope.  It is a privilege to help such wonderful young people, and their teachers, to continue their education. 

Thank you notes from Bukara Secondary students to AHEAD December 2017

 Nov. 28, 2017- From our AHEAD partners in Maruku: I’m pleased to inform you that about 400 local community members held a meeting yesterday 28 Nov. to receive and discuss report on the construction of Pediatric Ward (PW), Phases 1&2, as well as preparations for the 3rd phase. The community members have decided that each adult person voluntarily contribute, among other things, Tsh 3,000/- (about USD 1.5) for the Ward.


Maruku Pediatric Ward foundation completed Nov. 24 2017

Nov. 24, 2017- The foundation has been finished! Maruku’s new pediatric ward construction continues, despite the rainy season weather. Due to the hard work of AHEAD’s volunteer leaders and community workers, a strong foundation now exists. It is all being made possible by local donations and AHEAD supporters like you. Additionally, AHEAD’s Dar Es Salaam- based Bukoba Advisory Committee recently met with the Bukoba Rural constituency Member of Parliament, the Hon. Jasson Samson Rweikiza, and received his support for our projects. Stay tuned, as we plan on partnering with him and others on the Pediatric Ward!


Maruku Pediatric Ward foundation Oct. 19 2017

October 19, 2017– Progress continues on construction of the foundation of the Maruku Pediatric Ward. We continue to receive almost daily updates from our AHEAD partners on the ground, who continue to thank all AHEAD donors for making this project possible. We’d like to thank and recognize all the planners, workers, and volunteers for all their hard work as they turn this community dream into a reality. The work continues so that the children of Maruku can live healthier, happier lives.



Dental Trainee with Dr. Donna Williams treating a patient. Oct. 18 2017

October 18, 2017– AHEAD Board member Dr. Williams and Dr. Ngirwa successfully completed their October trip to Tanzania, delivering both dental supplies and training in Bukoba and Maruku. Dental trainees will then go on to share what they have learned, training others, creating a multiplier effect. At the same time as the dental trainings, a cow purchased with AHEAD donation funds was delivered to an orphanage for very young children that AHEAD volunteers visited this past July. Now these infants will be able to drink milk and have improved nutrition, an essential component of good health!

Milking new donated cow at an orphanage for infants, toddlers












Workers implementing the water tank construction for the girls’ latrines at Bukara Secondary School in Kagera Region, Tanzania.

October 13, 2017– Great progress is being made on construction of the water tank that will supply the new girls’ latrines at Bukara Secondary School. A generous donation was made this summer that covered all costs and allowed the water tank’s construction to proceed quickly. Donor contributions at work!





Dental equipment donation delivered by Dr. Donna Williams and Dr. Apolinary Ngirwa on behalf of AHEAD, Inc. USA to Bukoba Regional Referral Hospital.

October 7, 2017– Dr. Donna and Dr. Apolinary “Yonga” Ngirwa accompanied bBukoba AHEAD Inc. Advisory team members handed over the dental treatment equipment donated by AHEAD, Inc. partners in USA to the Bukoba Regional Referral hospital chairman and staff. Dr. Donna Williams plans on conducting trainings in how to use the equipment.







September 2017 Pediatric Ward site clearance

September 30, 2017– Significant progress has begun on construction of the Maruku Pediatric Ward. Local technicians and a foundation builder have been chosen, the Bukoba District Council Engineer has completed a site inspection, and the site area is being cleared. This is proceeding according to the plan laid out by the AHEAD local committee for oversight and construction of the ward. In addition to these activities, dental equipment shipped from the US has now arrived in Bukoba, and AHEAD’s Dr. Donna Williams Ngirwa will very shortly be making a trip to provide dental training using the new equipment, accompanied by her husband and native son of Bukoba Dr. Apolinary ‘Yonga’ Ngirwa (he was born at this medical dispensary).


August 2017 Meetings for Pediatric Ward, Bukara School Projects Inspection

August 26, 2017– A group of AHEAD Board members and their families have returned from visiting Bukoba earlier this summer. Local AHEAD members held meetings, presented reports, and pledged further donations to help the pediatric wing project move towards construction. The Bukara Secondary School staff and students provided a warm welcome, describing the many benefits of their newly AHEAD-funded electrified lights, and showing the progress made on the girls’ latrines construction.





July 2017 Current maternity and HIV treatment building

June 20, 2017– Sick children should no longer be hospitalized in a ward with adults suffering from chronic and contagious diseases. In the current health clinic there is only one ward, a small room with 10 beds side by side. Also, mothers who have just given birth are housed in the same ward with their newly born babies. AHEAD funding and local leadership has now begun planning a new pediatric ward.





July 2017 tour of Bukara school with view of installed, functioning lightbulbs

June 2017: School electrification project completed with AHEAD funding, traditional electrical wiring was determined to be a better fit than solar in this case.








Bukoba Advisory Committee with BOD members 2016

July 13, 2016– Meeting of AHEAD, Inc. USA BOD members with local AHEAD, Inc Advisory committee in Bukoba Tanzania. Local committee members are all high-ranking health and education and government officials who have volunteered and been working for over a year on this effort. Discussed plans for a pediatric wing addition to their current one room health center in Maruku and a solar project for their secondary school which currently has no electricity.