dory gannes helping children in need through the olevolos project

Dory Gannes – Helping Children in Need Through The Olevolos Project

When Dory Gannes was eight years old, she and her family took a trip to East Africa. The poverty and poor living conditions she saw there were very different from her life back in America, and this touched her deeply. But what she didn’t know at the time was just how much that experience would affect her future………

In 2005, while in college, Dory went back to Africa – to Tanzania – to do volunteer work. As she worked with the children there, she knew that she wanted to do more. So in 2007,  Dory decided to do just that  – she started an organization called The Olevolos Project to educate the orphans and underpriveleged kids of Olevolos Village in Tanzania. Today, The Olevolos Project has created a school to educate the kids and begun other community projects as well, bringing new hope every day to the lives of the people of Olevolos Village!

This video tells all about The Olevolos Project and the great impact it’s having!

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article that tells all about Dory’s work with The Olevolos Project.
  • Here is a website that tells all about The Olevolos Project!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What made Dory want to help the children of Olevolos Village?
  • How did Dory make the people of Olevolos Village feel that the school and the community programs were truly theirs?

Take Action:

  • Dory used her teaching experience to help her open a school. What special skill do you have that you can use to do something for others?
  • Visit the website for The Olevolos Project to learn more about this worthy organization and how you can help support it!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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