Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and generosity that we have received in response to the school bus crash and subsequent transfer of the three children from Tanzania.  We truly believe that a situation like this can bring a community together and for Tanzania, an entire country. The first thing these children need is daily prayer! Please keep them lifted up every day. We hope that this experience for the Siouxland community will open peoples’ eyes beyond even these three kids to see the needs of the entire country.  The first thing these children need is daily prayer! Please keep them lifted up every day. Due to logistics and efficiency concerns, we are asking the public to respond to this need with monetary donations only at this time.  STEMM will continue its two-decade-long commitment to responsibly manage financial funds that are raised to ensure the future education and medical care for Wilson, Sadia, and Doreen, in addition to supporting educational and medical needs for the Arusha community, region, and beyond, in Tanzania.  There are countless adults and children with medical and educational needs and we hope this tragedy will provide a broad beacon of light to the needs of many Tanzanians, of which people were previously unaware.  We love the generosity this has spurred in people’s hearts and want everyone who would like to contribute to please do so. We simply want to direct those desires in the most effective way to address the greatest needs, which are many.  Also, in the process, we would like to support the local economies through the purchasing of supplies in Tanzania, whenever possible.  Please direct any monetary donations through this website www.gofundme.com/tanzaniabuscrashsurvivors  Mungu akubariki! (God bless you–in Swahili)



per Dr. Larry Volz, Attending Physician, Mercy Medical Hospital

We understand that many people have been drawn in to this amazing story and want to help in any way. We completely understand the heart behind this and appreciate it. However, we want to be clear that the children and families will NOT be receiving any visitors at this time. They need to have a peaceful and calm environment to begin to heal their broken bodies and minds. An update will be provided on Monday May, 22 regarding this. We really appreciate the public’s cooperation in this. We will be providing additional information on practical ways the public can get involved and provide assistance in the days to come as well. Thank you for understanding and your cooperation during this difficult time. 

Meet Lazaro Nyalandu – Co-Founder of STEMM

Lazaro Nyalandu, MP., is a co-founder of STEMM, along with Dr. Steve Meyer. He is also Co-Chair of STEMM-Tanzania with Dr. Steve Meyer, both of who have continued to provide inspirational leadership to the mission and vision of STEMM since it’s inception in 1996. Hon Lazaro Nyalandu is STEMM’s spokesperson and coordinator in Tanzania for our joint efforts in assisting the three kids who are being treated in the United States and will continue to give the updates and feedback in Tanzania along with STEMM’s other platforms in the US.

Mission Statement

Changing Lives for Christ through Compassionate Caring

Vision Statement

Develop Tanzania into a Vibrant Christian Community

Core Values

Christ, Compassion, Caring, Commitment, Change

Belief Statements

We believe in the sovereign Power of God who is the Creator of the universe and all within it.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who lived, died, and rose again for our salvation.

We believe the Bible, in its entirety, to be the inspired word of God.

We believe in salvation by faith through grace.

We believe the Holy Spirit changes lives by revealing Jesus Christ to us.

We are committed to following The Great Commandment to Love God above all others and love our neighbors as ourselves.

We are committed to carrying out the Great Commission, to go to all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Lord.


STEMM was specifically created to develop a relational bridge between Siouxland and Tanzania by addressing the priorities of spiritual growth, medical care, and educational opportunities. In building this relationship, the overwhelming AIDS orphan crisis was one that could not be ignored and today is also an integral part of the STEMM ministry.

Learn more about STEMM here!


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