What started as a mission to rescue abandoned and abused girls grew into a holistic approach to alleviating extreme rural poverty. JBFC’s four-pronged strategy includes providing a safe home for girls, quality primary, secondary, and vocational education to both boys and girls, access to health care, and rural economic development through the JBFC farm. Gates started the Joseph & Mary Primary School in 2010. It now enrolls more than 300 primary and secondary students. To make sure empty stomachs don’t distract hungry minds, Joseph & Mary students receive two meals a day, furnished by the JBFC farm. The organization grows rice, beans, a variety of produce and raises livestock to not only feed our students, but also act as a source of income for the organization. JBFC is also working with the Tanzanian government to provide its students and neighbors with access to quality healthcare.
JBFC promotes sustainable development, which includes training our girls and students to be able to provide for themselves in the future. And that philosophy extends to the JBFC campus itself. Our model is built on self-sustainability with each campus providing a source of income for its own operations, which insures financial independence while maintaining the local community’s investment in the organization.
We believe this model will nurture, educate, and empower impoverished children, who will grow into future leaders of their society.
- Immediate relief services for abandoned and abused girls
- Quality primary, secondary and vocational education for community children
- Rural access to healthcare
- Farm and Livestock Education & Commerce
- Sustainable water and energy solutions
- Rural Job Creation
JBFC’s flagship campus in Kitongo, Tanzania has become a catalyst for change in the community. Not only do village children have a top-ranked school to attend right there in their own community, but their parents have the opportunity for employment and a clinic that has sat idle for years is now in operation with a qualified doctor providing healthcare. Before JBFC took root, there was no local market. Now the market is flourishing, selling products from JBFC’s own farm as well as neighboring growers.
JBFC wants to start a similar chain reaction in other rural communities in East Africa. We believe the JBFC model, refuge, education, healthcare, and rural economic development, can work anywhere. JBFC is expanding into other communities and ultimately hopes to alleviate poverty for thousands more children in East Africa.