Tanzanian Non-Profit Visits The Arc

October 24th, 2016

On Friday, October 14th Grace Lyimo, Founder of Connects Autism Tanzania, and The Arc of Essex County's Board member Peter Madonia and his wife Moira Madonia, Founders of EdPowerment, visited The Arc of Essex County.  Their goal was to learn more about The Arc's day programs and group homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Hoping to replicate the structure in place at The Arc, the Connects Autism Tanzania and EdPowerment representatives visited the Bridges Day Program as well as The Arc's newest group home in Roseland.

Connects Autism Tanzania supports people living with autism and co-occurring conditions in Tanzania through capacity building, advocacy, community awareness, and the development of opportunities for success.  EdPowerment's mission is to create a path of learning for vulnerable adolescents, young adults, struggling members of the Kilimahewa and surrounding villages, and the larger autistic population in northern Tanzania.  EdPowerment works closely with community, educational, and social service leaders to bring quality instruction and holistic support to those they serve.  The Arc was excited to share lessons learned with how to lead a grass roots effort that results in wider community acceptance and opportunities for individuals with special needs.