Upon graduation from college in 2005, Ashley Holmer, formerly of Grosse Pointe, and her twin sister bordered a plane for Tanzania in west Africa. She's still there. "If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be building schools in Tanzania, I would have said you are crazy," she told Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Feb. 23, 2015, luncheon meeting. Today she is founder and executive director of the Red Sweater Project, an organization the supports students at the Mungere Secondary School. Because the cost of secondary schooling in Tanzania is about $500 a year, while the average annual family income is $189, outside assistance is crucial. In fact, families celebrate when a daughter fails the secondary school admittance test. The official school uniform is a "red sweater," hence the name of project. For more information, go to redsweaterproject.org


From left at the Rotary meeting were the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, Holmer, past President Diane Strickler and Program Chair Ted Everingham. (Photo by John Minnis)