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 high school enrolment. We first started our work in the town of Iringa, where many girls who couldn’t afford high school were leaving home to become “house girls” in urban centres. 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 recognise 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 (Programmes & 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, to 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 dropping out of school.
562 Partner Schools
Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all pupils. 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 pupils.
4,711 CAMA Members
Cama - the Camfed alumnae 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 on child protection issues and offer crucial counselling 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.
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?
Daniel Probert, Head of IT Innovation at Camfed, explains what is unique about Camfed’s Model, and how we deploy the latest technology to account to every girl and young woman we support through school and into a life of independence.
This week at the House of Lords, digital pioneer Martha Lane Fox gave Camfed a platform to show the world what’s possible when young women become leaders of change in Africa. Together we celebrated Camfed’s alumni network, CAMA, which is altering the ‘default settings’ for girls from poor families.
Subsistence farmers in poor rural communities are hardest hit by climate change. The need for strategies to adapt has never been greater. As part of an innovative partnership, 15 young women from sub-Saharan Africa travelled to EARTH University in Costa Rica to attend a tailored 6-week course in Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Now, they are cascading their knowledge throughout their districts.
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.
“I want to tell the world the stories of others who are struggling so that they will get help.”
Jescar, Pwani, TanzaniaRead Jescar'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
“I am studying hard and my dream is to become a medical doctor so that I can treat children who are in many cases vulnerable because of difficult life circumstances.”
Emanuel, Morogoro, TanzaniaRead Emanuel's story
“Our children sometimes were roaming out of school during class sessions looking for something to eat. We are now serving 330 pupils at school through the feeding programme.”
Mr Rashid Rajabu Mkindo, Kibaha, TanzaniaRead Mr Rashid Rajabu '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.