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To use education as a catalyst to reduce generational poverty and create a vibrant, healthy community.



Promise Village Academy opens in the village of Lenjani, Tanzania for children from grades Pre-K through 3rd grade.


With the partnership of Lynn Family Foundation and Water Boys, a well is built to provide students with fresh water. Before this, students would have to walk 3-5 miles to get low quality water.

With the partnership of Lynn Family Foundation and Play Unites Us, a playground is built provides a healthy way to boost morale, increase physical activity, and encourage school participation.

A new school garden is built to teach the children about agriculture and provide the school with nutrients.


The school now has 6 new classrooms, 2 new bathrooms, an administrative building, and teachers’ quarters. This brings the total number of classrooms to 10 and number of bathrooms to 4.

Through the generosity of Dr. Richard and Sandy Jackson, a state of the art library is built. This library has over 7,000 books and, powered by solar panels, offers computers with internet connectivity, something not seen elsewhere in the region. The Library is where the children will learn the importance of literature and books.


A dormitory is built to provide shelter, stability, and support to the children. This nurturing environment is where they can flourish academically, physically, and emotionally.

2024 and beyond

Each year, Promise Village Academy will grow by adding one new grade level with the long term goal of offering classes through high school. With continuous support through partnerships and donors, we are able to improve the lives of Maasai children and reduce poverty and malnourishment


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Dr. Donna Gunn, EdD didn’t know how, but she knew she had to help. A lifelong educator Donna visited Tanzania on a safari in 2010 and was staggered by the deplorable conditions, widespread malnutrition, children’s stunted growth, and utter lack of education she found in the tiny villages of the Maasai tribes living in rural Tanzania.    Dr. Gunn was especially moved by the children she met, and promised to dedicate the rest of her life to helping these children and their communities.    Since then, she has provided the Maasai children  with everything from food, to clean water and prosthetic limbs – and Donna shows no signs of slowing down.


In 2016, Donna, a true believer that “Education is Powerful”, approached Dr. Amin Mery and his foundation, Privilege 2 Serve, to request they join her in building a school for the Maasai tribe in rural, poor  Tanzania. The Maasai people recognized the need to educate their youth so the community could thrive in the modern world.  After two years of procuring the property and designing the school, the Privilege 2 Serve team was able to break ground in 2018.  

The school began for preschoolers in July 2019 and so did the road to a newly minted future.   The Maasai children gained access to clean water, clean clothes, two meals a day, computers and books. Additional grades were added each year and now in 2022, classes are offered from pre-school through 3rd grade.  Instruction is in English which will allow the graduates to communicate throughout Tanzania, opening up a whole new world for them and their families. 

The Promise Village Academy plans to continue to expand a grade per year and offers an incredible opportunity for these children to grow and one day raise their community out of poverty.   As we work towards expanding educational opportunities for all ages, we are humbled by the many nonprofits and donors who have chosen to take part with us on this journey.

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