After witnessing firsthand the disturbing conditions of Maasai children in Tanzania, Donna Gunn launched Africa’s Promise Village and is taking it upon herself to turn their lives around. View Donna’s official Legend page, including video and photos from her presentation ceremony.
RecognizeGood: The Foundation presented the 49th RecognizeGood® Legend award to Donna Gunn of Africa’s Promise Village in a ceremony that took place at FORE Restaurant (900 Ranch Rd 620 S, Suite B108, Lakeway, TX 78734), on Friday, July 17, 2015. As part of the award presentation, Africa’s Promise Village received a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation from RecognizeGood in Donna’s name.
Donna first visited Tanzania on safari in 2010 and was staggered by the deplorable conditions, widespread malnutrition, and utter lack of education she found in the tiny villages of the Maasai tribe. Donna was especially moved by the children she met, and promised to dedicate the rest of her life to helping these children and their communities. Since then, her nonprofit Africa’s Promise Village (APV) has provided the Maasai people of Arusha with everything from food and water to prosthetic limbs – and Donna shows no signs of slowing down. APV works with many schools and orphanages in Tanzania, including the Intel School and Arusha Primary School, both located in Arusha about 40 miles west of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.
From collecting clothes, medicine and school supplies to finding sponsors for more than 20 orphans, she continues to find new and creative ways to support the children in Arusha. Donna, a member of Lakeway Rotary Club, also secured a grant from Rotary International to drill a series of wells that will bring clean water to over 37,000 Maasai people. Now in her 70s, she organizes and leads two trips each year to the most remote parts of Tanzania, bringing groups of volunteers that range in age from 20 years old to 80, along with roughly one ton (2000 lbs) of supplies. “I think a lot of people dream that ‘one day’ they would like to go to Africa and work in an orphanage,” said Karina Duque. “Donna makes that one day TODAY!”
As a 2015 Legend, Donna is now eligible to participate in RecognizeGood’s Say Thanks Austin campaign, an annual event which presents the Austin area with a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to a group of remarkable individuals who contribute their time and talents to our community. The participant with the most Thank You votes receives a pay-it-forward donation of $10,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.