The Africa Exchange Project

Welcome to the Africa Exchange Project! Things are heating up for our project with many activities planned for this year. Among our activities, we are planning a trip to Pomerini, Iringa and surrounding villages in Tanzania this July. Stay tuned for more about our planned activities in all areas of our work. To see more specifics about our fund raising goals for this year click here.

Africa Exchange Trip - Summer 2018

A group of 11 members of Plymouth Church in Framingham will be traveling to Tanzania for two weeks this summer. Our fundraising efforts will fund school progams, help bring clean, fresh water to families and provide much needed medical services to this region.

AEP Travelers

Our travelers from top left: Sue Ellis, Dorothy Russo, Mason Witherow,Todd Witherow, Rev. Greg Morisse, Patrice Thornberg. Front row from the left: Julia Ellis, Anna Ellis, Rebecca Reiner, Emily Schadt and Mattie Schadt.

Our team will spend time in the Pomerini secondary school, primary school and kindergarten; to see the functioning of the dispensary, meet the new doctor in charge and to better understand the relationships between the dispensary, the Lutheran Diocese and the Hospital overseeing the church-owned dispensaries; to check in on our wells and initiate some kind of safe water bucket system; and perhaps most importantly, to continue to build relationships strengthening the bond we have made with our African neighbors. May God Bless our team, keep them safe and bring them back to us even more energized to make a difference.

Africa Exchange Project: A Success Story

The Plymouth Church in Framingham, United Church of Christ, has engaged in international outreach for decades. The Africa Exchange Project, our most recent and largest scale effort, has provided a deep and dynamic relationship with the community of Pomerini, a rural village in Tanzania, East Africa. Seventeen members of our congregation traveled there in 2007, where they discovered that the only source of water for the community was a contaminated river three miles away. Since then the Africa Exchange Project has been committed to bringing fresh water to Pomerini and the surrounding areas by installing simple mechanical wells near the homes and schools in the community. To date, we have drilled 43 wells in the Pomerini vicinity, which provide fresh, clean water to thousands of people. In addition, our efforts have expanded to include providing funding for building schools, supporting school programs and helping to train and pay teachers. We are currently enlarging our scope even further to include improving the health care facility in the village. Perhaps even more significantly we have sustained an exchange program facilitating the travel of Tanzanians to Metrowest and supporting families and individuals who visit there. Please explore our site to learn more about our work. For even more information or to get involved please contact Rob Schadt at rschadt@bu.edu.

Project Updates

Electricity Brought to Pomerini in 2016

This summer the Tanzanian government made some major infrastructure improvements throughout the country including bringing electrical power to some of its remote areas, including the village of Pomerini. Funds from the Africa Exchange Project were used to install wiring in the Pastor’s compound, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the kindergarten, and the dispensary.

In the communication below our colleague, Barnabas Chavala shares his thanks on behalf of their entire community. He also acknowledges the support the Africa Exchange Project is providing for the secondary school in Pomerini.

August 2, 2016

“Dear friend and brother, Rob. Greetings to yourself, your beloved wife and the entire brothers and sisters over there! Thank you so much for your thrilling e-mail you sent me few days ago. ..That is great! We are doing well here in Pomerini. Todd wrote me that he will be wiring $ 2,000 for the administrative block next week. I shared the news with Shadrack, the Headmaster. We both were excited to the maximum not believing the news! We love you, we honor you and we glorify the Lord! Be blessed abundantly.

“Last Sunday we invited the Bishop to come and inaugurate the electricity power project at the church and the dispensary. The ceremony was very, very colorful. We also drew special prayers for the Plymouth Church for the valuable donation you did until this dream has become possible. In fact you have put an unforgettable mark in the church history besides the many things you did and that which you are doing for the betterment of this community. God will add you on all that you are doing. I will send you some of the pictures of the event. Tell all that we love them.”

In Christ,
Yours Barnabas