In Memorium

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Susan, Dean, Stuart & Ashleigh, Cheryl and children, Jillian, and extended family for the tragic loss of James Gray on July 5, 2015.
The Gray Family has asked that those who wish to donate in memory of James, may donate to Lindsay House in Lushoto in memory of James and in honour of James and Lindsay.
Donations can be mailed or sent by e-transfer.
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Donation Info

The municipality of Lushoto sits high in the Usambara Mountains of Northern Tanzania. It's population is approximately 23,000, with 140,000 in the surrounding district. Lushoto struggles with a lack of resources, poor infrastructure, and the AIDS epidemic which has resulted in a 300% increase in the number of orphans from 2002 to 2006. These orphans often end up living with their grandparents or in poorly equipped orphanages.

For six years beginning in 2004, Drayton Valley was twinned with Lushoto through the Canadian International Development Agency. CIDA’s mandate is governance and economic development but the town of Drayton Valley went well beyond the initial mandate of the partnership.

The Volunteer Director of the Drayton Valley Community Foundation at the time was Jeannette Vatter. Jeannette set up the Lushoto Community Foundation, an independent body operating under the direction of an elected board and accountable to the Drayton Valley Community Foundation.

Hearts for Lushoto (HFL) was formed in 2006 and continues to support various projects in partnership with the Lushoto Community Foundation. Our mandate is to improve the health, education, and quality of life of the citizens in the area. We particularly strive to empower women and youth to ensure a better future for the people of Lushoto.

95 - 100% of all funds raised go directly to the Lushoto Community Foundation. We have begun the process of getting our Charitable Status designation. (July 2015)