In early 2010 in the small village of Nshupu, nine malnourished orphans and abandoned children were sleeping on a cement floor without even a blanket or sufficient food. Seven years later, these children have a lovely permanent home, are attending school, have welcomed six additional children needing care to their family, and are blossoming. A primary school has been built providing free education to village children who otherwise wouldn't have access to school. A new community center serves meals to the school children, hosts women's empowerment groups, health clinics, and adult education classes.
Our vision is to eradicate poverty and illiteracy in the Tanzanian village of Nshupu. We nurture, educate and empower its youth so they can become the future leaders and productive members of their nation. Our efforts meaningfully enhance gender equity, economic self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability.
WILLIAM MODEST, PRECIOUS FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
SUSIE RHEAULT, PRECIOUS PROJECT CO-FOUNDER
In 2010, William Modest, a Nshupu primary school teacher, founded Precious Orphans Children's Home, leaving a secure job to pursue his life's mission. William watched his mother die of AIDS when he was a teenager and has dedicated himself to AIDS prevention and care of it casualties.
Sarah Modest, a school teacher, had the vision to open a kindergarten for the children of Nshupu whose families were too poor to pay the fees required to attend a public school. Today two classes of 30 children are taught and fed a nutritious meal annually under the Precious Kindergarten Program.
SARAH MODEST, PRECIOUS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
GIL WILLIAMS, PRECIOUS PROJECT CO-FOUNDER
Susie Rheault works throughout Africa for the Clinton Foundation. She develops and oversees the strategic direction for Precious. In collaboration with her husband Gil Williams, she serves as a key advisor and advocate for Precious, which has been instrumental in the Project's success.
Gil Williams, a retired school principal, spends over 5 months/year in Nshupu with his wife Susie Rheault providing oversight (and helping hands!) in Precious' work. They spearheaded the successful build of a new children's home and a primary school to educate those who can't afford it.
ELLIOT KRONSTEIN, PRECIOUS PROJECT BOARD CHAIR
Dr. Elliot Kronstein has been Board Chair of the US-based 501c3 for over two years. Elliot and his wife May travel to Nshupu spending time with the Tanzanian team and kids. He deeply believes in Precious’ vision and mission. Dr. Kronstein is a prosthodontist and a founder of The Restorative Dental Group of Cambridge. He lectures globally at dental schools & conferences.
MATT GARDNER, BOARD MEMBER Dr. Matthew Gardner is Founder & Managing Partner of Sustainserv, a firm based in the US & Switzerland that works with public & private organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, program & communications. He teaches at the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard's Extension School.
CHUCK PHILLIPS, BOARD MEMBER Chuck Phillips is an internationally recognized organization development consultant. He has over 40 years of experience in operating roles, internal and external consulting business, industry and non-profit organizations. Chuck has worked extensively in Africa and travels annually to Precious in Nshupu.
W. ED WOOD, BOARD MEMBER Ed Wood is a retired business and philanthropy executive who worked in journalism, state government, international business consulting, corporations and held executive and management positions at various non-profits. Most recently, he was acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative.
ADI HOD, BOARD MEMBER Adi Hod is an entrepreneur and engineer who has degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management, as well as Economics and Management from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently the CEO of Euclid Technologies Inc.
PRECIOUS PROJECT STAFF
CYNDY BROWN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
RACHAEL HARRIS, FINANCE & OPS MANAGER
INA ORENSTEIN, BOOKEEPER
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