Our Impact

Addressing communities’ pressing needs by empowering current leaders and readying leaders of tomorrow.

Since 1999, MCW has brought its mission to address communities’ pressing needs by empowering current leaders and readying leaders to tomorrow to five continents and more than 50 countries.

Focusing on three programs – Young Leaders Program, Community Development Program, and Oral Health Care Program, our vision is for communities around the world to achieve greater levels of education, improved health, and increased economic security.

From awarding grants to young change-makers to start their own projects, empowering rural communities with employable skills, or supporting the expansion of Tanzania’s only dental school, our impact has been felt communities worldwide.

Take a look at some of the highlights from our work these past few years!

Young Leaders Program | Community Development Program | Oral Health Care Program

Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program prepares youth to become leaders of positive change in their communities. MCW identifies youth with high potential to lead in their communities. They come together to participate in a program where they will develop a deeper understanding of social issues and change, acquire the skills, networks and confidence needed to affect change and to return to their communities as mobilized leaders in a globalized world. Graduates of the program leave with modern leadership skills and tools, enhanced cultural competence, expanded networks, greater self-confidence, and with a plan to create change.

Outputs and Impact from 2015

of participants said that the program helped them feel more empowered

of participants felt that they had a better understanding of their passion, purpose, and goals

of 2015 Participants say the Alumni Community plays an important role in their lives
Alumni implemented
projects across eleven countries

2015 Alumni Ventures Fund

Two alumni were given a combined total of
in grants and professional mentors in order to further their community projects and growth as leaders
I am so grateful and honored for being chosen to receive the AVF grant and most of all to get a whole year of professional mentorship. “I can truly see a bright future for my project and a positive change in the community in Bagamoyo.Hennie, 2016 AVF Recipient

Community Development Program

The MCW Community Development Program develops and supports community centers as spaces for skills development, entrepreneurship and social services for youth living in underserved communities. MCW currently has 4 centers: Rwanda (1), Tanzania (2) and Zambia (1).

Tailored to the unique needs of the community, each center offers youth the opportunity to enroll in low-cost vocational courses, IT/computer training courses and social programs. The vocational and IT classes are offered at a nominal fee to encourage youth to make a real investment in themselves; the social programs are free for the community. These programs are subsidized by micro-enterprises also known as income-generating activities (IGAs).

The idea behind our centers is to provide youth with the skills and experience to compete for jobs and earn a living in their country.

Students graduated from MC-Rwanda, MC-Tanzania, and MC-Zambia's government accredited courses in Computer Technology and Tailoring and Design from June 2015-May 2016
We've given
scholarships to 11 individuals through the George Sideris Scholarship and Mary Ellen Shultz Tourism Scholarship
Because of MCZ's literacy class started in 2015,
children are now attending government primary school

Oral Health Care

The vision of MCW’s Oral Health program in Tanzania is to achieve improved oral health status for all Tanzanians.

Using an inter-disciplinary approach, MCW strives to build the capacity of health professionals to tackle the oral health workforce shortage. We work with dentists, nurses, and mid-level professionals (dental therapists).

In collaboration with multi-level leadership in government and dental institutions in Tanzania, MCW identifies key projects that will have a sustainable impact in the country, and which are in line with the Strategic Oral Health plan of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Since MCW projects began at MUHAS, there has been a
increase in enrollment at the School of Dentistry

of in-kind donations to improve facilities at MUHAS

Dental Therapy Students Have Participated in MCW Dental Outreaches Since 2014

Since 2014
children have received oral health education, dental screenings, and fluoride varnishes

And over
Of those screened have received free follow-up dental treatment
“These students are our future dentists, these students are our future teachers, and therefore when they are encouraged to work and achieve the best in their training, then we are sure of better dentists and better teachers in the future. In this way, we are going to improve oral health services. Not only now, but also in the future.”Dr. Elison Simon, Dean of the School of Dentistry, MUHAS