Papa’s Update

March 18, 2016 5:24 pm Published by

For those of you that haven’t visited us in Tanzania, you may not be familiar with our on-campus restaurant, Papa’s. Papa’s is named after Chris Gates’ late grandfather and was built in 2012. It contains an outdoor seating restaurant, green grass for camping or playing, and two bungalows situated right on the shores of Lake Victoria.

The concept behind Papa’s is dual-pronged and ladders up to the JBFC mission to end poverty one child at a time. The goal is for Papa’s to be a vocational educational facility to train underprivileged youth in the service and hospitality industry. Papa’s utilizes meat and produce from the JBFC farm, and all profits from Papa’s go right back to support JBFC’s home for girls.
Each weekend, we get individuals, families, and groups of friends that make the hour-long trek from Mwanza for food you just can’t find in the city, not to mention the amazing view of Lake Victoria. We make a variety of dishes, from char-grilled pizza with vegetables fresh from the farm, to coconut curry fish, featuring fish straight from Lake Victoria.
This year, we will break ground on our education facility. This is very exciting for us as we will be able to take that next step toward our goal. This is a promising alternative for students and girls that may not be able to continue formal education at a college or university. With tourism being such a huge industry in Tanzania, this can put them on a path to a successful career.
In 2015, Papa’s generated nearly $4,800 in profit for the year. To put that in terms of benefits for our JBFC girls, that covered an entire year of healthcare expenses.
Papa’s helps generate a ton of local exposure for our home, school, and farm, and we hope to see if grow even larger in the future. 

Melinda Wulf is JBFC’s Administrative Director in Tanzania

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