Plans for Tanzania Project 2013


In July 2013, Dr. Flamez  will return to Moshi, Tanzania. Several goals have been planned for the Tanzania Social Change Project 2013.

1.  Provide immediate water (short term) and build a well (long term) for Mtimhoo Parish.

Fr. Aloyce Kenyange and Fr. Erasto Mapendo serve Mtimhoo Catholic Church and the people in a remote area about 2 hours northeast Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Rombo District of the Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania near the border of Kenya. This area has been experiencing a severe drought for more than a year. With no rain for months now, there is no water to be had. In a recent letter, Fr. Aloyce Kenyange wrote,

There is no water for our use, no water for our livestock. Yesterday we lost our two cows and four goats from starvation and thirst. Our government is trying to alleviate the situation, but in vain. What shall we do? I know that begging is not good but I have no way. I must. Please do whatever you can to help get clean water for our people.

It is hard for us here in America to understand this kind of deprivation. In Tanzania there are no governmental social services whatsoever. The only place for refuge and relief for the people comes from their churches. These churches do the best they can with resources limited beyond anything we can imagine. In one photo, a large cistern to collect rainwater and the pipes for carrying water to the crops and animals can be seen. Fr. Aloyce and his people built these, but there has been no rain to fill the cistern. Because it is not financially feasible to dig a well right now, we hope to collect some donations to truck water into this parish to prevent further starvation of the people and animals. This is a short-term solution, but will bring immediate relief.


Dr. Flamez and Dr. Green are raising money to provide immediate assistance during the months of December 2012 to May 2013 to bring trucks full of water to Mtimhoo parish. Additional money raised will be used to help build a well in the community. Any donation you can make now will help tremendously. Thank you!

2.  Help begin building a secondary school for St. Francis.

The students St. Francis serves — children who are blind, hearing impaired, cognitively impaired or albino — cannot have their educational needs met in government or other religious schools. Moreover, these children are generally looked down on by much of the Tanzanian community and are sometimes the object of hostility. In fact, the location of St. Francis is purposely hidden to provide protection for these students. Unfortunately, not every child escapes harm before coming to the school. One young girl there is was missing both of her arms. The head teacher said,

A man from her village came in [the middle of the night] and chopped them off simply because she was albino.

Your donation will help start the process of building a secondary school, which would allow these special needs students to continue their education there after graduating from the primary school. Please note this is a project that will continue for several years. My goal is to help provide as much assistance as we can.

3.  Collecting clothes for Rainbow Orphanage and Upendo Orphanage.

Upendo Orphanage (ages birth to 5) houses 58 children. According to the Sister I spoke with at the Orphanage, she shared that 56 of these children were left on the side of the road by their parents or both parents had passed away. Rainbow Orphanage (for older children) helps provide tuition assistance for school, medicine, clothing, etc. for children in the area who may not be able to afford the above items. We are currently collecting new clothing and shoes for ages birth to 14 years old. If you are interested in donating new clothing, please click on the contact button to send an email to Dr. Flamez. She will take all the clothing with her to deliver to the children in July.


4.  Collecting stuffed animals for the children of St. Francis.

During their visit to St. Francis, Dr. Flamez noticed two stuffed animals on a bed where the children sleep. The nun explained that these are the only two stuffed animals for 250 children. She said at night it is difficult because many children miss their family, are scared, and having the stuffed animal sometimes helps calm them. However, with only two stuffed animals the animals have to be shared and passed throughout the night. Brande and Judy would like to ensure that each child has a stuffed animal. Currently, two counselors, Ms. Kayla Jones and Ms. Nelda Garcia, and two Counselor Educators, Dr. Javier Cavazos-Vela and Dr. Christie Jenkins, are helping Dr. Flamez collect these animals. If you are interested in donating some new stuffed animals please click the contact button to send an email to Dr. Flamez. She will take all stuffed animals with her to deliver to the children in July.


5. Provide Mental Health Facilitator Training.

Dr. Green and Dr. Flamez will teach a mental health facilitator training course for teachers, nurses, and priests in the Tanzania area. The curriculum they are presenting was developed by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide basic counseling skills to community workers around the world to help them better serve their towns and communities.

Tanzania Project 2013

Your donations make positive social change possible.

Many thanks…

Tanzania Trip 2012 Photo Gallery



Thank You – Tanzania 2012


We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks for all those donated to the 2012 Tanzania Project. Your donations made a big difference!

Dr. Cathy Abernethy

Dr. Kelly Aissen

Dr. Wilma Anthony

Amy Averill

Chris Bacsik

Dr. Rick Balkin

Quinn Baskin

Dr. Ed Beck

AJ Calabresi

Dr. Kristi Cannon

Dr. Carolina Casillas

Paul and Betsy Carver

Dr. Javier Cavazos

Kara and Ryan Chappell

Dr. Heather Chesterton

Missy & Nate Cobb

Dr. Kelly Coker

Dr. Katherine Coule

Robert Dineen

Linda DiRuzza

Jorge Dominguez

Dr. Denise Dominguez

Dr. Lyda Downs

Dr. Kailla Edger

Kathy Farrell

Dr. Mary Alice Fernandez

Ross & Holly Filipek

John Flamez

Rosemary Flamez

Serena Flores

Louisa Foss

Nelda Garcia

Pamela Garcia

Kimberly Getman

Dr. Lorraine Giardino

Joanie Gluffreda

Dr. Jonathan Gray

George Green

Nate Green

Mandy Hartman

Dr. Christi Jenkins

Kayla Jones

Dr. Mary Jones

Travis & Marilyn Johnson

Dr. Donna Kornegay

Dr. Kamiar Kouzekanani

Kevin & Stephanie Kreutz

Jessica & Jason Lantham

Wayne & Barbara Latham

Celina Lemmen

Earl Lewis

Angela Tong Logan

Dr. Belinda Lopez

Joshua Lostetter

Aisha Lusk

Dr. Margaret Sherrill Luther

Leila Malavite

Glenn Martin

Adam McDevitt

James McDevitt

Richard McDevitt

Richard & Marcia McDevitt

Jeremy & Leah McDonald

Dr. K. Elizabeth McDonald

Matthew McIntosh

Samantha Mendoza

Rocky Mickley

Dr. Lori Milo

Ludi Montemayor

Dr. Ruth Moore

Erica Mulcahy

Julia & Russell Moeller

Edwin & Evelyn Niedhammer

Jodi Ochoa

Harold Ortiz

Jennifer & Mike Parker

Dr. Michelle Perepiczka

Lorenzo Pietrini

Maria Pinkard

Ashlea Pruett

Stevie Puckett

Dr. John Reeve

Dr. Richard Ricard

Jason Rydzewski

Burt Santos

Kelly Sasse

Mark Sawulski

Theodore Sawulski

Dr. Stephanie Scott

Stefani Schomaker

Dr. Tammy Shaffer

Dr. Donna & Carl Sheperis

Dr. Robyn Trippany Simmons

Dana Sisk

Anne & Steve Socha

Joe & Cyndi Staudenmayer

John Supple & Nguyet Tran

Atalie Tschirhart

Hector & Erin Ubinas

Robyn Vetter

Jae E. Van Whey

Mr. &Mrs. Andrezej Waclawiak

Carleen Waller

Dr. Joshua Watson

Amanda, Jon, & Paige Wilson

Dr. Tiffany Rush-Wilson

Dr. Dawn Wirick

David Zerda

Kazimera & Edward Zych

St. Andrews Catholic Church

Junior League of Corpus Christi

Door Prizes Donated


A big thank you goes out to several organizations and companies that have donated door prizes and/or provided donations for the upcoming fundraising event on May 25, 2012 at Cassidy’s Irish Pub.

Wind and Wave

St. Andrews Catholic Church

Baybreeze Carpet Cleaning

Oscar’s Salon and Emporium

JB’s German Bakery

Chi Sigma Iota Theta Alpha Mu Chapter

Gabe Martinez New York Life Insurance and Financial Planning

Dr. Belinda Lopez, LPC-S

Hu Dat Noodle House

Dolce Divino

Peace of Mind

James Stanley Salon


Tanzania Project – 2012


Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries in terms of per capita income with the average person living on less than $1 per day. The country ranks 12th in the world for HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate, a fact that leaves many children orphaned and without family support.

On June 24, 2012, Dr. Brandé Flamez and Dr. Judy Green will travel to Tanzania, Africa to offer free training to groups of local teachers and Catholic priests of the Moshi Diocese. The Mental Health Facilitator training, sponsored by the National Board of Certified Counselors, was developed to provide basic counseling skills to community workers around the world who need these basic skills to work effectively with the people of their villages and towns. Through June and July, Drs. Flamez and Green will also lead a group of interested travelers to visit local hospitals, orphanages, schools, and churches to experience the culture of the country and provide much needed donations.

Dr. Flamez, Dr. Green, and Kate Rodriquez are currently working to raise money for the local orphanages, hospitals, schools, and Diocese of Moshi including:

  1. Rainbow Orphanage – for children from birth to 5 years old
  2. Upendo Orphanage Center – for older children
  3. Schools – from kindergarten through high school including several seminaries, and
  4. Two hospitals: Kibosho and Soweto.

Your generous contributions will help purchase food and clothing for the children of Rainbow and Upendo Orphanage Centers, school supplies for the schools supported by the Diocese of Moshi, and medical supplies and medications for hospitals. Please do whatever you can to support this effort. Any donation amount will be appreciated.

If you would like to help, please donate by clicking the yellow “Give” button in the sidebar and/or if you are local to Corpus Christi, come to Cassidy’s Irish Pub on May 25, 2012 for our special event.

Event at Cassidy’s Irish Pub


Cassidy’s Irish Pub located in Corpus Christi is sponsoring a fundraiser for Dr. Flamez, Dr. Green, and Ms. Kate Rodriguez to raise money for the orphanages, schools, and hospitals operated by the Diocese of Moshi. Cash (no credit card) donations will be taken at the door. Come and enjoy a free musical performance by the band, “Out of Bounds.” For each $5.00 donation at the door, guests will receive a door prize ticket. Door prizes will be announced periodically throughout the night.

The fundraiser will take place:

When: May 25th, 2012 (Friday) at 9pm
Where: Cassidy’s Irish Pub, 601 Water St., Corpus Christi, TX
Phone: (361) 879-0534

New Nonprofit Formed!

Thank you for all your support over the years. I am excited to announce that we established a nonprofit, SALT World Inc in 2014. SALT stands for serving and learning together. For more information on our nonprofit and projects you can sponsor, please visit

Thank You!

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks for those who have donated to the Tanzania 2014 project.

Dr. Kelly Aissen
Hailey Biggerstaff
Dr. Ed Beck
Dr. Esther Benoit
Amber and Adam Black
Dr. Tracy and Chris Chiles
Nan Cordy
Dr. Amanda Costin
Paul Delgado
Dr. Lyda Downs
Rebecca Dulin
Marty & Kathy Farrell
Dr. Matthew Fearrington
John Flamez
Rosemary Flamez
Dr. Linda Foster
Dr. Perry Francis
Jacob & Jillian Gamblin
Dr. Jonathan Gray
Carlos Golfetto
Kaden Heath
The Jonckheeree Family
Dr. Kamiar Kouzekanani
Bryanna Kreft
Dr. Gerard Lawson
Richard McDevitt
Matt McIntosh
Julia & Russell Moeller
Erin Patton
Dr. Rebecca Pender
Maria Pinkard
Dr. Christopher Roseman
Dr. Tammy Shaffer
Caroline Speed
Rebecca & Jeremy Taylor
Sara & Tony Tellado
Robyn Vetter
Darren Villanueva
Dr. Tiffany Rush Wilson