Celebrate Best Buddies Tanzania


Best Buddies Tanzania was launched in 2006 and currently operates the High School programs in the cities of Dar es Salem and Mwanza. Volunteers in Tanzania are passionate about the mission and their friendships. Katherine shares about the history and depth of her friendship with Amina.

I joined Best Buddies because my friend and neighbor, Amina, has a developmental disability. We met in the neighborhood and naturally became friends, but when my mom found out I was friends with her, she wasn’t very supportive. My mom didn’t approve of my friendship with Amina, but we were neighbors and I couldn’t just stop being friends with her. Whenever Amina would see me, she would run over and wouldn’t want to leave my side. I felt so much love for her.

I tried to explain this to my mom, but she just couldn’t understand. I went to boarding school and this limited our communication, but whenever I would come home on holiday, my parents would be so surprised and concerned when I asked to see Amina.

After returning home from boarding school, I found out about Best Buddies and I wanted to join so I could help people like Amina. I explained to my mom about what Best Buddies does and she finally understood me. I told her that if I join, I could help Amina and my mom told me that if I am able to help her, then I should.

Amina is a good friend. She knows how to joke around, even though she struggles to talk sometimes, I help her get through it. But above all, I love her.

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About Best Buddies

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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