Night on the

Friday, September 7, 2018 6PM

Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cocktail or Elegant African Attire


  • Valet parking is available at the Hilton at a discounted rate of $15
  • Mabley Place Garage (410 Race St) rate is $6
  • Fourth and Race Street parking garage (42 W. Fourth St)

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About Village Life Outreach Project

Since 2004, Village Life Outreach Project has united communities across cultures to build strategic partnerships that work to improve the quality of life, education, and health. Our collaborations with communities throughout Cincinnati and the Shirati Region of Tanzania, East Africa have created sustainable solutions to the pressing needs of Tanzanians and unique, invaluable learning opportunities to hundreds of Cincinnatians each year.


  • 2004

    1st Brigade

    First October Brigade travels to Tanzania.
  • 2008

    Nutrition Project

    Initiation of Nutrition Project that feeds 1,200 Tanzanian schoolchildren daily and teaches Cincinnati students about nutrition.
  • 2011

    Roche Health Center

    Roche Health Center opens, providing the first-ever access to permanent health care for over 20,000 residents.
  • 2013

    Construction of Primary School

    In partnership with Engineers Without Borders—UC Chapter, Kingigoro Primary School opens in Burere Village.
  • 2014

    Initiation of Mama Maisha

    Our safe motherhood intervention program.
  • 2015

    Phase 2 of Well Project Complete

    In partnership with Engineers Without Borders—UC Chapter, we completed phase 2 of the well project in Nyambogo.
  • 2017

    Expansion of Nutrition Project

    The Uji Nutrition Project has expanded to all primary schools in Roche, Nyambogo, and Burere- feeding over 2,500 Tanzanian school children each school day.
  • 2017

    Second Phase of Staff Housing Complete & Hiring Clinical Officer at Roche Health Center

    Clinical Officer Erik is able to provide life saving medical care to villagers on a daily basis.
  • 2018

    Partnership with University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub

    Village Life joins industry giants such as Cincinnati Bell and P&G in this innovative space, bringing a global perspective to the Uptown Innovation Corridor.

Hosts & Hostesses

  • Drs. Lester and Mellie Duplechan
  • Mr. Steve and Jan Elliott
  • Dr. and Mrs. Andrew and Patricia Filak
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Holly Freeman
  • Dr. Debbie Gerdes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Lucille Gerdes
  • Dr. and Mr. Reinga and Etchri Kekessi
  • Ms. Sheila Nolan
  • Dr. and Mrs. Leon and Alva Reid
  • Ms. Elizabeth Shaughnessy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Zan and Liz Smith
  • Ms. Rose Solomon
  • Mr. Michael Zaretsky



If you are interested in becoming a host/hostess, please contact Buthaina Karaman at or 513-585-8661


    Friday, September 7, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
    Reception & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 PM
    Dinner & Program