July 24 fundraiser planned for The IMAGE Project

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 5:53 am


Inspired by what she learned on a study mission to East Africa nine years ago, a Rush City woman has helped build a cross-cultural coalition that is changing the lives of women and girls in the Maasai tribe of Tanzania.

Deb Pangerl is co-founder and executive director of The IMAGE Project, an organization dedicated to empowering Maasai women through education and economic opportunities

On Friday, July 24, a reception is being held to acquaint local residents with The IMAGE Project and to raise funds for its initiatives. The event will be held at the Historic Carlson House at Firefly Acres in Rush City from 6-9 pm.

Touched by the thirst for knowledge she saw on the mission trip and dismayed by the lack of opportunity she witnessed for women and girls, Pangerl created The IMAGE Project. She has made several trips to Tanzania, sometimes joined by other local residents, to establish partnerships and launch projects that are having an impact. The IMAGE Project has changed the lives of whole villages in Tanzania and the lives of many local support volunteers who have participated in the effort. Raising funds to support the projects is an ongoing process for the organization.

So far, The IMAGE Project has provided secondary scholarships for young girls, provided certified life effectiveness coaches to the Maasai women, built a one-room primary school, and partnered with the women to raise milking goats. They sell the milk and use the proceeds to provide education for girls in the village. Other projects include raising healthy chickens and an adopt-an-acre crop growing initiative. The Maasai women are also proud of the jewelry they make and sell with the help of The IMAGE Project volunteers. All projects are designed to meet the overall mission of the The IMAGE Project “To empower Maasai girls and women in Tanzania, East Africa, through education and economic opportunities.”

The July 24 event will offer food, beverage, auction items and a chance to learn more about The IMAGE Project. Tickets for the July 24 event cost $20 ($10 tax deductible) and are available at the Creek’s Edge in Rock Creek, Firefly Bistro and Val’s Hair Studio in Rush City or by calling Deb Pangerl, 612-267-5622; Teresa Hasbrook, 763-227-0056; or Deb Schultz, 612-390-1098. Advance purchase is suggested. For more information on the The IMAGE Project, visit imagetanzania.org.

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