What an amazing week….
We have all had our own personal experiences and been impacted by the trip in many different ways. As a team, we’ve come from the USA and UK, with different backgrounds and aims. Yet together we’ve really made an impact in these children’s lives both through building personal relationships, helping them with their college fees, providing technology workshops to the children and contributing to the building of the new library which will impact up to 50,000 people in the Kilimanjaro area.
Between the ten of us, we’ve managed to raise a massive amount of money (Final amount TBC) for Make a Difference Now (MAD), with donations continuing to come in! These will cover library building costs, child sponsorship costs and programme fees (we all funded our personal costs such as flights). The salesforce.com Foundation donation matching scheme represents 50% of the total amount. We’ve used our volunteering time-off (VTO) provided by salesforce.com as well as donated our own time to this amazing cause.
We are all grateful for the opportunity to help the children in Tanzania, which has been made possible both by some great individuals as well as the ‘Salesforce Foundation’. When salesforce.com started in 1999, Marc Benioff (CEO and Co-Founder) used his personal resources to launch the salesforce.com Foundation. At that time, Benioff had a simple, but powerful, vision for the Foundation—donate 1% of salesforce.com equity, 1% of his employees’ time, and 1% of his product to improving communities around the world. You can find out more about the salesforce.com Foundation scheme here – http://www.salesforcefoundation.org/about
In case you haven’t had the chance to check-out what Make a Difference Now (MAD) do, they are focused on helping vulnerable children rise out of poverty and become leaders within their own countries (they run schemes in Tanzania and India). Tanzania’s economy is among the bottom 10 percent of the world with a very young life expectancy rate. 75% of the children whom attend primary government school don’t go on to secondary school. They are taught in Swahili but their entrance exams for secondary school are in English. In order to make sure that more children graduate from primary to secondary school, MAD sends children to schools which teach English so that they may pass their exams and continue on to secondary school. You can find out more about MAD here – http://www.gomadnow.org/dream/whoweare.php
We will be running another corporate programme at salesforce.com with MAD for our employees, during 13th to 27th May 2014. We hope to coach the next group of employees so that they can maximise their experience and the impact on the children here at MAD. Whether or not you are a salesforce.com employee, you can also help in other ways such as through the sponsorship of a child.
It has certainly been the best trip ever…