This May, a contingent from the Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) NU Visions Abroad program returned to Tanzania to help build the boys’ dorm for the Upendo Mmoja center for orphaned children. (Photo courtesy of CCE.)

Norwich University Receives $269k from TAWANI Foundation for Student Life Programs, Service Abroad

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University will receive $269,000 from the TAWANI Foundation for the Student Life Fund, the Annual Fund, the Sullivan Museum and History Center, with the bulk going towards the Norwich University Visions Abroad (NUVA) program.

Overall, $214,000 of this gift will support Norwich students’ work in Pommerin, Tanzania through NUVA. Norwich’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) will send nine students, one recent graduate and two staff members to Pommerin from May 17 through June 5, 2019, and on future trips back to the site in 2020 and 2021.

The Center for Civic Engagement has been active in Tanzania since 2012, through the work of Norwich’s Rotaract student club, which is sponsored in part by Rotary International. Norwich students began supporting Upendo Mmoja, a then-newly formed nongovernmental organization based in the Kilolo District of Tanzania, East Africa.

In 2012, Norwich students, along with eight students from Northfield Middle and High School, provided the money to begin work on constructing and staffing a residential and vocational training center for orphaned youth in Pommerin.

Since then, Norwich students have traveled to Pommerin four times and have helped to design, fund and build the center’s main instructional space, which serves numerous purposes. Norwich students have also helped to fund, design, and build the center’s kitchen, barn and carpentry and craft workshop.

This year, they will help build the boys’ dormitory and have already designed a sunflower oil production and bottling facility that they will build next summer. Other projects include: students will design and build the center’s own solar electrical system to power the entire facility along with an aquaponics system to introduce fresh fish to the village as an added source of protein.

“With the foundation’s investment, Norwich students, faculty and staff have made great strides in addressing social, economic and healthcare needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations,” Norwich President Richard W. Schneider said.

The rest of the gift is divided among the Student Life Fund, which provides startup funding to cover the operating expenses of new student activities; the Annual Fund; and the remainder going towards the Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian affiliate.



Center for Civic Engagement at Norwich University

About the TAWANI Foundation

Founded in 2002, TAWANI Enterprises’ philanthropic organization, the TAWANI Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) that provides support in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, health and wellness, LGBT and human rights, education, and environmental initiatives. The TAWANI Foundation has given more than $125 million through 2019 to provide support in these program areas and has pledged another $14 million dollars through 2026.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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