Friends in Washington D.C. Celebrate the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)

Published: Tue Oct 05 2010

Supporters of the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) will gather Monday, October 18 in Washington D.C. to host Education for All, an evening celebrating Orkeeswa Secondary School. The evening includes: guest speaker Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff, hors d’ oeuvres, fine wine and beer, original African artwork and jewelry, and a special presentation by IEFT co-founders Ashley Holmer and Peter Luis. The extravaganza begins at 6:00 pm at 950 F Street NW, Washington D.C.

"Education for All"
Monday, October 18, 2010 – 6:00 PM
PhRMA Offices
950 F Street NW, Suite #300
Washington, D.C. 20004
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Former White House Chief of Staff and recent visitor to Orkeeswa in Tanzania, Joshua Bolten, will share his personal experience regarding IEFT’s impact, not only in Tanzania, but also its global reach.

"Mr. Bolten's visit to Orkeeswa in January of this year was a great way for us to show him and others how much IEFT has accomplished in such a short period of time. We are delighted to have him share his thoughts on how the organization is impacting these great kids and also thankful for his continued support," said IEFT Executive Director Ashley Holmer. "We are thrilled with the strong support we are receiving toward IEFT's efforts - both from leaders in Washington, and in Tanzania." Holmer and Peter Luis, the organization’s two co-founders, will both be present at the event to share their stories.

IEFT invites the public to join them in learning more about education in East Africa and solutions to global poverty. This event celebrates the success of IEFT in providing quality, affordable education to children in Tanzania through the construction and operation of Orkeeswa Secondary School in rural northern Tanzania.

"We look forward to celebrating the extraordinary success of IEFT and introducing the organization to the Washington community," said IEFT board member and event committee member, Alan Holmer.

Alan and event committee members Dede McClure, Gary Edson, Ambassador Mark Green, Sarah Frey, Brad Figel, and Christine Vick have played a major role in bringing this event to the Washington D.C. community and honoring all of IEFT’s accomplishments in East Africa.

This Fall IEFT will host a variety of fundraising events in cities throughout the U.S. including: Boston, Mass., Grosse Pointe, Mich., Irvine, Calif., New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., Seattle, Wa. For more information please visit or email

About the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)
The Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-collaborative organization that provides quality, affordable secondary education to under-served indigenous children in rural Tanzania. IEFT empowers children to positively transform their own lives, improve their communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty, while working to preserve their culture and traditions. Through the development of Orkeeswa Secondary School in Lashaine Village, IEFT provides secondary education to children who have no hope of continuing their education past primary school. The opportunity to receive further education is the key to escaping extreme poverty for students and their families.

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