SARI Researcher Memorial Fund

$7,495 of $150k goal

Raised by 52 people in 1 month
Barbara Walsh  HATFIELD, MA
We work with the Tanzania Soil Information Service based out of the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha. Our main goal is to help improve agriculture and food security in Tanzania.

While on a routine scientific soil survey in the Chamwino District of central Tanzania, three of our colleagues, Mrs. Teresi Nguma, Mr. Nicas Magazine and Mr. Faraji Mafuru (left to right in the picture) were brutally murdered by villagers on October 1st, 2016 (see the news report here ).

Mrs. Nguma leaves behind two young children, who are now orphans. Mr. Magazine leaves behind his wife and five young children. Mr. Mafuru leaves behind his girlfriend and two young children. In each case the victims were the sole breadwinners for their families.

This tragic incident has left everyone at SARI and in the international soil science community in deep shock. Such incidents are so unprecedented in Tanzania, that this one is almost beyond belief. The talented and highly experienced team was on a humanitarian and scientific mission and we assume that the village was driven by a case of mistaken identity (see the news report here ). The police are still investigating the exact causes of the incident and 45 suspects have been arrested.

We would be extremely grateful for any support whatsoever that you might be able to provide. All the money raised by this campaign would go directly to support the families financially and to enable the children to remain in school. School fees are a major family expense in Tanzania.

With many thanks and best wishes to you on behalf of the Nguma, Magazine and Mafuru families and SARI.
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Update 3
Posted by Barbara Walsh
3 days ago
I given the first transfer to the families. The money will be divided evenly between the 3 families and it comes at a critical time as school fees will be due at the beginning of the year. Money raised will also help pay for housing. Thank you to everyone who has donated, it has made a world of difference to them.
1st transfer to families
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Update 2
Posted by Barbara Walsh
13 days ago
We want to thank everyone who has donated so far. This money will mean so much to the families of the victims who were part of Markus’ (my husband) team collecting soil samples in Tanzania. The money currently is being deposited into our account in the US and we will withdraw the same amount from our account here in Tanzania. A committee has been formed at Selian Agricultural Research Institute, who are the employers of the victims, to receive the money and distribute it to the families involved.
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Barbara Walsh
1 month ago

all of your contributions are much appreciated and will be of great assistance. Thank you so much.

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$7,495 of $150k goal

Raised by 52 people in 1 month
Created October 22, 2016
$15
Anonymous
1 month ago
JH
$20
John Hunt
1 month ago
MG
$20
Mark Gardner
1 month ago
SB
$25
sarah burns
1 month ago
SR
$25
Stephen Rider
1 month ago
DS
$25
Deborah Spindelman
1 month ago
CL
$25
Coralie Little
1 month ago
MB
$25
Marcia Blanchard
18 days ago
BK
$25
Bas Kempen
23 days ago
ES
$25
Elisabeth Sydor
1 month ago
Barbara Walsh
1 month ago

all of your contributions are much appreciated and will be of great assistance. Thank you so much.

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