Join Mancos resident, founder and executive director of The Tandana Foundation, Anna Taft, for a slideshow presentation about the adventures of encountering people of different cultures in Ecuador and Mali, building relationships with them, and finding ways to collaborate for mutual benefit. Adventures such as these led Anna to start The Tandana Foundation. The word “Tandana” comes from a Kichwa root meaning “to gather together” or “to unite” and represents the spirit of the organization’s work as a non-profit organization that offers intercultural volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and support for small community projects in highland Ecuador and Mali’s Dogon Country.
The adventure of creating and nurturing real and responsible relationships among people of different cultures has led to numerous challenges, humorous experiences, and valuable lessons that Anna will share with you in this presentation.
For more information about this program, call the library at 970-533-7600.
About Anna Taft
Anna Taft began The Tandana Foundation in 2004 and has served as Executive Director since its inception. After graduating from high school in Ohio, Anna spent four months in Panecillo, Ecuador, where she taught at a local elementary school and built the connections that inspired her to start Tandana. In 2002 she graduated magna cum laude from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in politics and a minor in environmental studies. She has worked for The Traveling School, teaching Spanish, history and literature while guiding high-school students through the Andes and New Zealand. Anna also spent eight summers leading teenagers in wilderness and community service programs for Deer Hill Expeditions in southwest Colorado. In 2006, she spent four months in Mali, learning about a completely different cultural world and contributing to community projects. Anna is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and she is conversational in Kichwa and Dogon. She enjoys paddling, exploring, reading, and writing. Anna founded The Tandana Foundation to increase opportunities for cross-cultural sharing in experiential education programs. Anna enjoys offering others opportunities to grow through new experiences and reflection. She appreciates the power of cross-cultural friendships to change our views of the world and help us better understand what it is to live as a human being on this Earth. When not working in Ecuador or Mali, she lives in Mancos, Colorado with her husband John.
More About The Tandana Foundation
The Tandana Foundation coordinates volunteer programs that offer visitors to Ecuador or Mali the unique opportunity to be guests rather than tourists, to form intercultural friendships, to experience a rich indigenous culture, and to make a difference in the lives of new friends. Its scholarship program allows rural Ecuadorian students to continue their secondary and higher education. Its community projects support villagers in Mali and Ecuador as they realize their dreams of improving their communities. For more information about The Tandana Foundation visit www.tandanafoundation.org