About Heart To Care Tanzania

In 2017, 12 members of the extended Husby family were enjoying a safari vacation in Tanzania.  Little did they know that a chance encounter with a young man in a gift shop would lead to building a school. As events unfolded, a great family project evolved – Heart To Care Tanzania.

Listen as Bethany Husby tells the story in her own words:

Heart To Care Tanzania logo

Heart to Care Tanzania is incorporated as a charity

Bethany wanted to help Emmanuel Boaz and his brother-in-law build a school on their land. This looked like it might be a big project, so Bethany’s husband, Paul, did the paperwork to create a non-profit charity called Heart To Care Tanzania. The IRS granted approval on May 9, 2017 and the fund-raising for the school began.

Garden plants that will be divided for the plant sale

Turning plants into dollars

Bethany loves to garden! She and Paul have a large yard with lots of plants. Twice before, the family divided plants and sold the remains for charity. Because Bethany works as a bone marrow transplant nurse, the first sale supported the Be The Match Foundation. The second sale was to help build a chapel at her hospital. Now it was time to sell plants to build a school in Africa.

View during the 2020 Heart To Care Tanzania plant sale

Huge Success from plant sales 

The Husbys had experience in organizing large plant sales, but they needed even greater results to build a school. Their first two plant sales in 2017 and 2018 helped fund much of the school’s construction. In 2019 the plants needed to rest and grow. Then in 2020, the Pandemic hit. However, it turned out that people stuck at home wanted to garden, and sales exceeded all expectations!

Educational signs at the Heart To Care Tanzania plant sale

More than just plants

The plant sales gave the Husbys a chance to tell people about the school and show them photos. As a result, many became donors and some even sponsored students.

Selling plants wasn’t quite enough

Along the way, the Husby’s son, Joe, created a website for Heart To Care Tanzania. He also created the means to provide professional newsletters.

View of the beverage table at the 2019 Heart To Care Tanzania garden party

We try many things!

We’ve had other fundraisers too. Garden parties, for example. A breadmaking class. Even collecting used shoes! But our greatest support is through faithful donors. Whether it is a special project, or a needy child, they always come through!

Picture of the Husby family

Husby family

Heart To Care Tanzania is still a family project. We have no hired staff and spend nothing on wages. Most items that would be administrative expenses are donated by us, so 100% of your donations go directly to help the school.

Volunteers for Heart To Care Tanzania

Bethany Husby is a pediatric bone marrow transplant nurse at a local children’s hospital.
Paul Husby is retired from commercial property management.
Joseph Husby is a software engineer developing next gen air traffic control systems.
Judy Shane, Paul’s cousin, is a retired corporate communications manager.
Erik Husby is a software developer making high-res maps of the Arctic & Antarctic.
David Husby is a professional bassoonist and freelancer.

Heart To Care Tanzania is a certified charity

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