Explore our work in Tanzania

Tanzania

Tanzania has started to build many secondary schools, especially at the community level, but there are not enough staff or learning materials to maintain the quality of education. We train teacher mentors so we can identify other ways of helping girls to pass their exams in a context where 49 percent of pupils fail. We also provide learning materials – for example, we’re providing text books for all of our partner secondary schools.

I have been with Camfed since it started in Tanzania. What makes me feel so excited about our work is seeing the girls we are supporting rising from despair to having hope. Some of the girls have been able to achieve things they thought they’d never be able to achieve – passing exams, running businesses, holding positions of responsibility in their communities. That obvious change in each girl that has happened because Camfed has invested in them is what motivates me to go to work each day.

- Lydia Wilbard, Camfed Tanzania

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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.

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-Executive Director Camfed Tanzania and founding member of Cama Tanzania

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.

  • 7,575 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.

  • 72,797 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.

  • 544 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.

  • 8,550 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.

  • 2,758 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.

  • 1,037 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.

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.

  • Jescar

    “I want to tell the world the stories of others who are struggling so that they will get help.”

    Jescar, Pwani, Tanzania

    Read Jescar's story
  • Ngaya

    “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, Tanzania

    Read Ngaya's story
  • Emanuel

    “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, Tanzania

    Read Emanuel's story
  •  Mr Rashid Rajabu  Mkindo

    “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, Tanzania

    Read 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

Partners for success in Tanzania

We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.