Waka Waka Project

In Swahili, Waka Waka means “Shine on.”  In the summer of 2011, Katie Moorehead, Regina Guzman, and Sarah Baida-Spell, founded a new organization by this name in order to provide a way for some of the most destitute children in the Karanga Village of the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania to access quality education.

The Waka-Waka Project offers private school sponsorships to children whose single parent families struggle to provide even basic needs like food and clean water for their children. By focusing on private schools, Waka-Waka’s founders believe that they will ensure the most beneficial education for their students, complete with smaller class sizes and two healthy meals a day. This environment will, in turn, increase the opportunities in life – not only for the sponsored student, but also for his or her family.

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As of late fall 2014, Waka Waka gained its own 501-C3 status, continuing to administer its sponsorship program independently.  You can learn about Waka Waka's latest progress by visiting their website: 

We wish Waka Waka much success as it offers its own paths of opportunity to this population in need and we remain committed to working with them in any way to accomplish our mutual mission of educational support.

The following was posted by Waka Waka on their website.  Asante to them for this acknowledgement. 


Becoming our own 501(c)(3) registered public charity was a big milestone for us, and one that we couldn't have achieved without the support of EdPowerment. They played a vital role in our start and growth as an organization and we are so grateful to them for all their guidance and encouragement. We feel lucky to be a part of a strong community of education-based initiatives working so hard to improving the lives of children in Tanzania. Our most sincere thanks go out to EdPowerment and, in particular, to Moira Madonia.

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