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City employee switches focus to nonprofit work

By Fathima Siddiqui | February 4, 2019

DeKALB — Jason Michnick is stepping down from his position as economic planner for the city of DeKalb to become the first executive director of the DeKalb-based Tanzania Development Support [TDS].TDS is a nonprofit organization focused on improving...

Student Spotlight: Mary Okeyo to help lives of Tanzanian women

By Jon Lindley | October 19, 2014

Mary Okeyo hopes to return to her home town of Mwanza, Tanzania, after graduate school to educate young women.Okeyo, who studies counseling and higher education, has been working to better the lives of Tanzanian women through fundraising events that raise...

Students, residents work to aid Tanzania

By Brooke Shinberg | April 2, 2013

Local residents and students are coming together to help children in Tanzania. Kurt Thurmaier, board president of Tanzania Development Support, said he and his wife Jeanine started the non-profit organization because of a college friend. “When I was...

Rohan Escobar (left), senior electrical engineering major, hands
an NIU bag to Jacqueline Frank (center) of Nyegina Secondary
School. Dr. Andrew Otieno (right) challenged the students to find
out where Belize was and awarded them with prizes. 

Engineers Without Borders works to help Tanzanian school

By Ross Hettel | September 7, 2011

A high school in Tanzania has student organization Engineers Without Borders to thank for its donation of free time and technical knowledge to improving the 600-person school. Two years into the five-year commitment of working with the school, the engineers...

Local Church raises funds for Tanzania

By Zachary Brictson | March 27, 2011

DeKALB | Baroque-era music filled the sanctuary of the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday as part of an effort to raise money for schools in Tanzania. The fundraiser was part of Tanzania Development Support's mission to construct a...