One Ndoto translates from Swahili to “one dream”. Founded by American Shay Bell in 2011, One Ndoto is a 501(c)3 American registered charity, dedicated to providing alternative educational opportunities in the developing world, one dream at a time. In early 2019, Canadian Emily Molzan incorporated One Ndoto as a Canadian non-profit organization. Charitable status for One Ndoto Canada is currently being reviewed.
Born out of the desire to provide the skills necessary for a bright future, One Ndoto believes education, not only in its formal structure, is crucial. Working with local communities, One Ndoto identifies at-risk and vulnerable populations that have been overlooked by the system. Alternative, informal education programs are developed by talented local leaders, to provide access to skills that will propel these populations to self-sufficiency and sustainability. One Ndoto provides program development coaching, professional development opportunities, accountability and transparency, with the ultimate goal of phasing out involvement so local ownership can take over.
One Ndoto's flagship project is the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club located in Moshi, Tanzania. Focusing on one of the area's most vulnerable and underserved populations, street-connected children and youth, together with a strong team of local Tanzanians, One Ndoto provides educational, vocational, arts and sports based training to promote children and youth to self-sustainability.
While we could not do the work we do without the support of our donors, our ultimate goal is for all our projects to be self-sustaining. This promotes local empowerment and ensure project longevity.
More than just local involvement, participation or engagement, we believe in locals taking action and ownership over our projects to control the social, cultural and political narrative.
No idea is too "out there". We believe that the only way we can grow and continue to serve those that need it most, is to push boundaries and get creative.
We are simply the conduits for our
local leaders to make real change.
Born and raised in the US, Shay founded One Ndoto in late 2011, after an inspiring trip to Tanzania earlier that same year. In 2013 Shay knew it was time for her to take the plunge. Resigning as an Executive in the Hospitality industry, Shay moved to Tanzania full time in January 2013. She works alongside our team, empowering our local leaders, building capacity and promoting ethical community development work.
Shay is Founder of One Ndoto Inc.,
Co-Founder of the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club, and Executive Director of our Tanzania projects.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Emily had a passion for helping at-risk and vulnerable populations since a young age. Inspired by her first trip to the African continent in 2010, she returned in 2014 as a member of Tanzanian projects. An occupational therapist by training, Emily is passionate about community development and local empowerment.
Returning to Canada in late 2018 and inspired by her time in Tanzania, Emily incorporated One Ndoto in Canada in early 2019. Emily is Founder & Executive Director of One Ndoto Canada.
Hillary is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Emerald Coast Urgent Care in Miramar Beach and Panama City Beach, FL. Hillary was inspired to pursue her interest in health care by her travels; she received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in 2007 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Florida State University in 2013. After her doctorate, lead by a personal health journey, she became a Certified Functional Medicine Provider.
Hillary is the Health Care Director for One Ndoto and Worlds Collide Africa, bringing her two interests, healthcare and cultural immersion, together. She is also Co-Founder, Healthcare Provider and board member of the Point Washington Medical Clinic