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-Executive Director Camfed Tanzania and founding member of CAMA Tanzania
10,694 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.
77,969 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.
552 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.
10,141 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.
3,859 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.
1,083 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.
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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.