Marcia was the dear mother of Kisimani School co-founder Leah Wagner Leonard, and we feel bittersweet gratitude to thank all who made a donation in her memory this year. She passed away on January 22, and her full memorial page can be viewed here.
Marcia visited Kisimani School more than 7 times over the years, and was always the first to champion our projects and programs. She supported the school not just as a Friend of Kisimani, but as a board member, and most importantly, as Leah's always-supportive mom. She was the first to ask how everything was going at school, the first to share a fundraising campaign, and the first to reply back to good news with an 'I'm proud of you!'.
In her honor, more than $14,000 has been donated towards our ongoing and upcoming projects in partnership with Kisimani School, and we know she would be proud and touched by your generosity.
Her favorite bird was the lilac-breasted roller, whose primary habitat is in sub-Saharan Africa, including Tanzania. We will think of her every time we see one there, and every time we have good news to share from school.
May her memory be a blessing.
Thank you to our long-time volunteer and one of our most generous Friends of Kisimani, Trish McWhorter for capturing this wonderful interview with our teacher, Frank Mgaya!
Get to know Frank - how long he's been teaching at Kisimani, what he's most proud of, challenged by - and something we would not have guessed about him.