Dorocella Reuben – Founder of Foundation DART
My name is Dorocella Reuben Vermue. I was born in the land of rare beauty, Tanzania. I grew up in Bukoba and Mwanza in Tanzania. This is also where I was educated. I finished my secondary education in Mwanza.
After this I was trained by Air Tanzania Cooperation and studied for an Advanced Diploma in International Air Transport with the Association (IATA/UFTAA) in the year 1982-1984. There I was taught how to associate and deal with many different types of people, both young and old. In 1984 I became employed with the same company ATC for 3 years.
After leaving my country to live in the Netherlands and having my own daughters, I see the way their life and schooling is. This life, the possibilities for their future is very different than the life girls in Tanzania can have.
When I return to Tanzania, I see the way it still is for these young girls, they have no voice. And after returning to my Country every year, I know that nothing will change for these young girls that they can’t choose their own future. Until somebody does something. I choose to do something.
Together with a great team Foundation DART works on creating a better future for our girls.
2012 – Foundation DART started – Dorocella’s first visit to Tanzania as fouder of Foundation DART – Girls could register to attend the Foundation DART programme – Official opening of the DART house in Mwanza – At the DART house the English classes start – Fundraising events were held to raise money and awareness.
2013 – Once more than 40 girls were attending the DART house we had to stop accepting more girls, because Foundation DART is a small organisation and just starting we are limited in our possibilities to help more that 40 girls at the DART house, this was difficult but necessary. Our aim is to help as many girls as possible, when we are able to raise more funds and awareness we will be able to take on more girls. – The DART house moves to a new, better and safe location in Mwanza – The first reading marathon is held – Foundation DART wins the Tanzania Diaspora Achievement Award in the category Women and Girl Empowerment – Not only English lessen are provided at the DART house but the girls are also learning skills such as agriculture and sewing, teaching the girls to provide for themselves.
2014 – This year we also start sending young girls to primary school with the funds raised and after school they attend the DART house – The second reading marathon is held – We have a special visitor at the DART house. Darleana McHenry, CEO at St. Carries, has developed a girls only tour to mentor our girls at the DART house. St. Carries Classroom promotes education for all children world wide.
2015 – In 2015 we developed our agriculture and sewing programme even further. – Our girls open their first piggy banks – Foundation DART gave back to the community by providing food harvested by our girls – Fontys Academy students visited Foundation DART and educated our girls in a creative way using music – Foundation DART received two letters of recognition on the Internation Day of the African Child – The Foundation DART restaurant at the Buzuruga Hospital, where our girls learn cooking and small business skills was opened!