Situated in East Africa, Tanzania has few natural resources and its economy is based largely on agriculture. It has the lowest rate of high school enrolment in Africa.
Camfed Tanzania launched in 2005, working with the government to boost secondary school enrolment. We first started our work in the town of Iringa, where many girls who couldn’t afford secondary school fees were leaving home to become “house girls” in urban centers. Frequently, they were abused and exploited, and many returned home infected with HIV, or pregnant.
By paying their school costs, we are able to support thousands of girls through high school every year. However, many challenges remain: schools are understaffed and lack vital resources such as textbooks and equipment.
In Tanzania, we're working to solve these problems.
At Camfed, we recognize young rural women have potential. What they need is for someone to believe in them because that leads them to believe in themselves. That’s what leads to change.
Lydia Wilbard, Co-Director (Programs & Impact) and founding member of CAMA Tanzania
27,189 Girls Receiving Bursary Support
Camfed provides comprehensive bursary support for the full duration of a girl's secondary education. The scholarship covers everything from school fees to uniforms, shoes, books, pencils and bags.
78,149 Children Benefiting from our Safety Net Fund
Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them from dropping out of school.
562 Partner Schools
Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all students. Sharing information on school performance and working with the community to implement change is crucial to success.
11,183 Community Activists
Camfed's program works because of the commitment of local volunteers. These volunteers include everyone from traditional leaders, to government education officials, teachers, parents, and former students.
4,711 CAMA Members
CAMA - the Camfed alumni association - is the largest network of its kind in Africa. It offers peer support, mentoring, and training and leadership opportunities.
1,118 Teacher Mentors Trained
Camfed trains a Teacher Mentor at every school in which we work. These teachers are trained in child protection issues and offer crucial counseling support and advice to young people.
Latest news from Tanzania
See what's happening in Tanzania
Read the latest news stories about Camfed, watch videos and see photographs from across the country.
The world knows that the education of girls delivers the highest social and economic dividends to a developing economy. In regions where girls face acute disadvantage, their education has transformative potential. How then do we achieve universal access to education?
Six members of Camfed’s CAMA alumni network joined the first Young Africa Works Summit, dedicated to “Practical Solutions for Lifelong Success.” They came to learn and share their experiences in starting rural businesses, practicing sustainable agriculture, and helping other young women build independent livelihoods.
Today Camfed’s Ann Cotton was honored with the Ahimsa Award, which celebrates compassion and non-violence. In her acceptance speech, Ann Cotton described girls’ education as the best investment we can make to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and said that compassion and kindness must be scaled.
In his insightful and riveting Q&A with international education expert Julia Gillard, Jordan Shapiro of Forbes asks the big questions about education and development. Why is education not THE international development priority when with 124 million out-of-school children the world cannot hope to tackle poverty, injustice and climate change?
Stories from Tanzania
Read some of our amazing success stories
Get an insight into how Camfed is making a difference by reading the stories of young women, teachers, parents and others.
“When Husna was just 12 years old, she had just completed primary school and was working full-time as a housemaid in Morogoro while she awaited her test scores. She had been living with her grandmother, who was caring for her and her siblings while her mother struggled to earn a living in Dar Es Salaam.”
Husna, Morogoro, TanzaniaRead Husna's story
“Before Mary found out she would be supported by Camfed, she had already been kicked out of secondary school because she hadn’t paid her school fees. She was sent home, where she stayed for three months -- losing hope of ever going back to school. She feared that all of her efforts to study hard and be her best had been wasted. Her grandmother, who was caring for Mary after she lost both parents, encouraged her to not lose hope.”
Mary, Njombe, TanzaniaRead Mary's story
“She would ask me ‘Why is there no one to support me?’ I could only say, ‘You see how our life is. We cannot afford your school fees.’”
Vumilia, Iringa, TanzaniaRead Vumilia's story
“What I can tell you today is that everyone can be a leader, it is a matter of putting more effort into studies and adhering to what our teachers, facilitators and elders tell us. I wish to sensitise all girls to be like me and even better. ”
Ngaya, Pwani, TanzaniaRead Ngaya's story
Camfed Tanzania team
Meet our staff in Tanzania
In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.
Partners for success in Tanzania
We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.