Meet Rai Farrelly, our new blog coordinator!

January 12, 2010 at 3:29 am 2 comments

Meet Rai Farrelly, Trivani Foundation’s new blog coordinator. We’re excited for Rai’s help to share the latest news and events with our friends, supporters and in-country directors! By way of introduction, here’s a little bit about her:

Trivani Foundation first came into my life because of our shared passions. I was happy to find that Trivani Foundation also worked to increase access to education for children in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My organization, Project Wezesha is dedicated to empowering students in western Tanzania through increased access to education.  Our first big project is building a secondary school for five incorporated villages neighboring Kigoma, Tanzania.  In addition, we currently assist 12 students in the area to achieve higher education goals through scholarships, which cover secondary school fees and other associated costs.

Project Wezesha (Wezesha is the Swahili word for Empower) was born out of my friendship with Lucas Lameck of Mwanga, Tanzania.  I traveled to Tanzania to work with another nonprofit organization in the summer of 2008.  After spending several weeks getting to know Lucas and the people of Kiganza and Mgaraganza villages, I decided that in some way, I wanted to help.  I asked Lucas to let me know if there were any children who wanted to attend secondary school, but couldn’t afford it.  He identified six children who only had one parent and lived in extreme poverty.  With the help of friends back home, we assisted their families so that the children could continue schooling after primary school.  The following year, I returned to visit the children and see if there were others we could support.  On this visit, I met with the local chief of Mgaraganza and the community of leaders for the village.  I suggested that I could fundraise to build a classroom for their primary school – searching for a way to help, but shamefully identifying the problems myself.  Fortunately, the villagers spoke their mind and said ‘No, thanks.  We don’t need another classroom.  What we do need, however, is a secondary school for our children.’

The children had several options for primary school education, but little to no opportunity for secondary school education.  Now I had a goal and a mission – to fundraise and return for groundbreaking in 2010.  The best part is that the villagers asked for what they need and offered to be an integral part in the construction of the school.  They donated land from their village and committed to making the bricks for the building.  They are also planning to donate a large portion of the labor for the project.  Community Inspired – Community Driven!

When I’m not working toward the goals of Project Wezesha, I am striving to complete my PhD in Applied Linguistics.  I study Second Language Acquisition Theory and focus on second language teacher education and second language acquisition by adult learners who have no literacy skills in any language.  My studies and work with adult refugee populations in Salt Lake City, Utah are the impetus for my interest in Africa.  My initial group of preliterate adult English language learners was a class of women from Burundi.  These women changed my life!  After knowing them and learning about the challenges they faced during their resettlement in the US, I was compelled to explore the systems that work for and against them.  Since then, I have worked closely with all stakeholders to create two-way exchanges between the refugee community and the local community – striving for improved access to services; enhanced communication between teachers and parents in the school system; increased awareness on the part of health and emergency service providers; and of course, offering better training for ESL teachers of adults with limited to no literacy skills.

I am very excited to work with Trivani as the blog coordinator, as writing and humanitarian work are two of my greatest passions!  I am thrilled to be in contact with the in-country directors, to be intimately connected to our many projects around the world and to have the opportunity to share with all of you!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Oreu  |  January 19, 2010 at 6:40 am


  • 2. Megan  |  January 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Rai, you’re amazing! So glad to have you aboard.


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