Who We Are
Dashir Community Projects International Canada (known as DCPI or Dashir Cares CA) is a registered nonprofit founded in 2020. Three Dashir alumni couples from Canada joined forces with Darryl & Shirley to provide oversight of funds, advice and support for DCPI TZ. The current board members are: Dennis Dyck and Dave Lewis (both from Manitoba), and Darryl – aka the “3Ds”.
Dashir Community Projects International Tanzania (DCPI TZ) is a registered charity NGO founded in 2020 by Darryl & Shirley, with their dear Tanzanian “brother” Elisante Kipuyo. Together, these three provide leadership for the nonprofit in Tanzania. Their goal is to build and operate a health centre and a community centre, situated next to Dashir Lodge & Safaris (DLS).
Darryl & Shirley Peters with Elisante Kipuyo
Dennis & Brenda Dyck
Dashir 2014 and 2019
Wes & Esther Friesen
Dave & Olwyn Lewis
Dashir-Kikwe Health Centre is a private nonprofit enterprise of Dashir Cares, where day-to-day building and operations are led by DCPI TZ, with funds raised, directed and controlled by DCPI CA.
Well over 100 Villagers came out to clear 7.5 acres of land and begin the Outpatient Clinic build in March 2021.
HOW DASHIR CARES CAME TO BE
In 2010, Darryl and Shirley Peters sold everything but their three kids and moved to Tanzania. It was in the prenups, but that’s another story! With the support of the Kikwe community, they built a beautiful lodge on 30 acres of virgin land. A safaris business was added in due time. And most importantly, Darryl & Shirley created a team of workers to be part of their Dashir Family.
In May 2020, Darryl and Shirley reached out to three couples (pictured above) for much needed advice and help to navigate their business Dashir Lodge & Safaris (DLS) through the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly formed Advisory Team prioritized the needs of the Dashir staff first. They held a virtual Zoom staff fundraiser for Dashir friends and alumni in June 2020. The event was a great success, and raised enough money for all 30 Dashir workers to continue to receive an income till the end of the year.
At the same time in June 2020, with hints that the pandemic tourism challenge could last well into 2021, the Advisory Team saw a unique opportunity: Darryl & Shirley’s vision of building and operating a much needed healthcare facility in their community. In conversations with other Dashir alumni, one couple made a surprise donation to help purchase 7.5 acres of land right beside the lodge. This got the wheels turning with a plan to start a nonprofits in Canada and Tanzania, to raise funds and build the first phase of Dashir-Kikwe Health Centre in 2021. And here we are!