Announcing our Kindness Grant Winner for March 2024

Simon Emmanuel Mollel Kindness Grant Winner
Jackie, Simon and Ron

We’re excited to give our first international Kindness Grant. We were lucky to be able to meet up with our winner in Tanzania, to learn more about him and his non-profit and personally deliver the grant money to him. 

Simon Emmanuel Mollel, (Arusha, Tanzania) is the founder of Nadumu Maasai Women’s Organization whose mission is to support and empower the women in his Maasai community of seven villages. The support ranges from education, health, leadership, innovation, environment, and improving their standard of living.   (“Nadumu” is a Swahili word and loosely means, “develop, maintain”.)

Simon said, “I was born in Orkeeswa Village, Monduli, Tanzania. My father has three wives and 12 children. My mother was his second wife and had three children. I am the firstborn. In 2012 my mother passed away, and I continued to be raised by my stepmother.”

Kindness GRANT Winner Simon Emmanuel Mollel

When asked why he started NMW, he said, “When I was growing up, I witnessed the daily challenges that women in my community face, especially my mother. She worked very hard to support her family because my father didn’t take care of us. She did not own any property. She had no rights, including decision-making, and no voice within the family.

I have also seen abuse against women in our community, including beating, early marriage, forced marriage, and FGM (female genital mutilation). When I was young, I had a dream that one day I would work to support my community so I can bring back the lost happiness of our women, through improving the living standards of those who live a vulnerable life, as well as more equality and freedom for women.”

NMW has helped women start small businesses such as making beaded tablemats and raising chickens to sell their eggs at the local market. They provide guidance for investing money for long-term benefits and they set up a village community banking for the group. They’ve provided pens to 2000 children and planted 1000 trees in the community to try and reduce the devastating effects of soil erosion. They’ve also provided sanitary pads to young women and three local schools.

Simon started NMW in 2021 and they support women who have the highest level of need. Members include widows, women who are raising their children alone, and those who face significant challenges at home.

Maasai Women gathering under a tree to work together, share their skills, and support each other.
Maasai Women gather under a tree to work together, share their skills, and support each other.

Simon said, “Working on community projects together, also provides a rare and valuable opportunity for the women to be together, share the ups and downs of life, and problem-solve together.”

Simon is an amazing young man who is making a difference in the lives of not only the women but the entire village and beyond. The example set by these women who are role models for future generations, the ripple rolls on and on.  We are so proud to have Simon as our first international grant winner and new member of our MKRO family.  

Is there someone who inspires you with their kindness?  Nominate them for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award of $250.

Do you have an act-of-kindness project you want to do but need help funding it?  Submit your idea for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant of $500 and let us help you spread kindness.

2 thoughts on “Announcing our Kindness Grant Winner for March 2024”

  1. Simon has a great story. It is so special that he’s your first international recipient and that you delivered his award in person!

  2. Simon is well deserving of this honor for there is such a need for these women. Thanks Jackie and Ron! Love, Bev and Fred

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