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I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. David Livingstone

Village Life Outreach Project

Chris Lewis

Founded in 2004, Village Life Outreach Project, Inc. is an official 501 (c)3 non-profit organization based out of Cincinnati, Ohio whose mission is to unite communities to promote Life, Health and Education. Most of Village Life’s work focuses on three remote and impoverished villages in the Rorya district of Tanzania, East Africa. To date more than 200 UC faculty and students have participated in the Village Life Outreach Project.

Village Life Outreach Project, Inc. abides by several guiding principles in our efforts to relieve suffering and spread love.

  • Service to the Poor
  • Partnerships
  • Sustainability
  • Community
  • Collaboration

Village Life’s designated teams for Life, Health and Education have created exciting projects such as water purification systems for access to clean water, distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and a school lunch program to combat severe malnutrition in school-age children. By illuminating and joining the struggle against poverty, disease and malnutrition in Africa, we hope to also strengthen our own local communities by exemplifying the ideas of humanitarianism, service and social responsibility. 

Christopher Lewis, MD '00, founder of the Village Outreach Project, which works with Tanzanian families. Photo/Lisa Mahoney

Bearcats in Tanzania!

Professors Elissa Yancey, Journalism A&S and Michael Zaretsky, Architecture DAAP took an interdisciplinary team of Honors Undergraduates to Tanzania over Spring break to work on the Village Life Project.

Why wait to change the world if you don't have to?