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Exchanges that keep on giving

Global relationships bring hope

Tanzanians with developmental disabilities will soon have more educational opportunities and more professionals to meet their needs, thanks to a partnership between the North-Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and a global web of supporters, including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.

A synod committee—comprised of Lutheran pastors, board members, social ministry organization staff and volunteers—provided guidance to the diocese on two ventures: the expansion of services at the Irente Rainbow School for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Autism, near Lushoto, and the establishment of Sebastian Kolowa University College, slated to open this fall in Magamba.

The Rainbow School serves 28 students, ages 6 to 20, with varying levels of developmental disabilities—the only institution in a 200-mile radius to do so. Administrators hope to serve more students by adding programs, including early intervention for children under 6.


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