'The sun will shine on those who stand before it'  African proverb

Give a Mask and Get a Mask!


When you donate $25 to the REACH Shirati "Give a Mask and Get a Mask" project, we will send you a face mask as a thank you gift for your support. The face masks we are making here in the United States are made from colorful African Kitenge fabric purchased at the Shirati market, and sewn by our dedicated Bay Area volunteers. Order masks for your family and friends, they are a thoughtful gift that gives in so many ways! To learn more contact Laura Mason

DONATE on this page or send a check made out to REACH Shirati, PO Box 7776, Berkeley, CA 94707.

Be sure to note that your donation is for "Give a Mask, Get a Mask Project" and include your address. Asante sana!


UPDATE - Since beginning this project in April, 2020, we have raised over $12,000 and shipped over 400 of these gorgeous masks all over the United States.  This has made it possible for REACH Shirati to:

  • Purchase special fabric so that the Shirati Hospital tailor could sew 200 medical grade face masks for all of the staff at Shirati Hospital

  • Purchase the fabric and hire Mama Kiango to sew hundreds of face masks for all of the teachers, staff, and students at Tina's School according to Tanzanian Ministry of Education specifications (see Mama Kiango’s video HERE).

  • Purchase eight touch-less, foot pedal washing stations for Tina's classrooms, and pay for upgrading the latrines.

  • Continue to pay salaries for our teachers and staff at Tina's School.

We are Grateful for your Donations

Our resourceful supporters and volunteers continue to come up with ways of raising funds for our projects and increasing awareness about our mission. We are honored to have your support in any way that you wish to give it.


No matter how you donate, your contributions go towards providing life-changing opportunities for our students, see this list for how far your help goes:

  • $200 = a student’s annual school fees

  • $360 = monthly cost of the daily porridge lunch for 600 students 

  • $550 = monthly cost of a nutritious daily meal for patients at Shirati Hospital's maternity, pediatric, and leprosy wards

  • $1,200 = monthly cost of school maintenance, government inspections and examination fees

  • $3,400 = average annual salary with benefits for a teacher at Tina's School

  • $4,800 = monthly salaries and benefits for all teachers and staff at Tina's School

Receive a Kitenge Quilt as our Gift of Gratitude 

These beautiful handmade Kitenge fabric quilts are made by our Board President, Hattie Smith-Bynes, using the traditional and colorful Kitenge fabric of Tanzania that she purchases at the Shirati market.


Hattie's quilt collection is aptly named 'Unity, Diversity and Recycling', She unites these diverse textiles into a patchwork of vibrant color and pattern that reflect the beauty and character of the people who wear them.

Most of the quilts are about 4' by 5' with a lightweight cotton batting, hand tied with embroidery floss. 


Hattie offers her quilts as a gift of gratitude to donors who would like to sponsor a child for his/her entire seven-year education at Tina's Pre and Primary School in the village of Nyamagongo. 

Contact Hattie to pick your favorite quilt and change a life.

Donate your car to REACH shirati

Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane can help raise a lot of money for REACH!

In 2017, two of our supporters donated their old vehicles to us, resulting in over $1500 for our projects!


We have partnered with CARS so through their website you can simply choose REACH Shirati to donate your old vehicle to. They take care of the pick up and processing and WE receive the donation in dollars!

Your old vehicles will help young students REACH new horizons through education.

Learn more HERE or by calling 855-500-7433 (RIDE).


Make a REACH Shirati Facebook Fundraiser Page

Contributing a little of your time and engaging your online community can be an amazing help to our fundraising too. Check out our volunteer’s fundraiser here, then start your own Facebook Fundraiser for REACH Shirati by clicking this link. Tell the story of why YOU support REACH and show new supporters why the work we do is so meaningful. Learn more here.


Also please help expand our online community by liking the REACH Shirati Facebook page and donate using the Donate button below the top photo, then share it on Facebook!


Make a Donation in the name of someone you love, We'll let them know!

Does someone you love inspire you to do good? 
Do you want to inspire others to become do-gooders?
Is there someone you'd like to thank by paying a favor forward?
Do you know someone who is a challenge to buy the perfect gift for?

If so, make a donation of $50 or more to REACH Shirati in their name, then complete this form with their information. We will send them a unique handmade one-of-a-kind card made with beautiful Kitenge fabrics from Shirati, to let them know that they have inspired you to bring a brighter future to a child in rural Tanzania! Learn more HERE.



This simple step by our current donors can make a big difference in helping us stabilize our finances and plan our budget more effectively for our fixed and ongoing expenses.

It is quick and convenient, just use the DONATE button below and set up a fixed monthly donation amount that you are comfortable with.

You can be rest assured that your dollars are stretched as far as they possibly can because we are committed to implement our projects effectively and  efficiently.


We thank you for your ongoing support!

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