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Projects Funded in 2015

In 2015 FOT approved funding for 10 projects for a total of $32,312. These Regular funded projects were located in 8 different regions of Tanzania. In addition to the Regular funded projects, four FOT Member Sponsored projects were approved totaling $27,245. Thus FOT and its members provided funds for 14 projects in 2015, with a grand total of $59,557.

FOT Projects Approved through General Funds in 2015

  1. $3000-milling machine-Shinyanga. The Community Health and Social Development Association will purchase, transport, and install a diesel-powered milling machine for maize and rice milling. In addition to the milling machinery, FOT funds will cover the cost of some materials for the machine house and a water tank and pipes for cooling the machine. The organization will contribute labor and other materials for constructing the machine house. Approximately 3000 local villagers will benefit from this project.

  2. $3025-beekeeping-Mara. The Community Health and Development Association will build an apiary to hold 40 beehives. FOT funds will be used to purchase the hives and the beekeeping equipment needed to harvest and package the honey. After one year, the functioning apiary will be turned over to Upendo Umatu, a group of people living with HIV/AIDS who will continue to run the project and receive the profits from the sale of the honey and other hive products. Approximately 150 people living with HIV/AIDS will benefit from this project.

  3. $4520-fruit tree nursery and reforestation-Singida. The Uwamasi Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society, a farmers' cooperative, will plant drought resistant tree seedlings throughout Iymbu Village to reforest and improve the local environment. With the funds from FOT, Uwamsi will also purchase mango and avocado tree seeds. The fruit tree seeds will be sown on one acre of land belonging to the co-op. When the fruit tree seeds have sprouted and are ready for planting, they will be distributed to community members to provide households with fruit for their consumption. Approximately 4,200 local villagers will benefit from this project.

  4. $4,815-milling machines-Singida. The Students Integration in Community Development organization will use FOT funds to purchase two cereal milling machines, connection materials and parts, and water tanks. After installation of and training on operating the equipment, the project will be turned over to two income generating groups who will manage and run the project. Revenues generated by the milling machines will help members of the groups pay school fees and assist caregivers of vulnerable children and the disabled. Approximately 650 people including vulnerable children and the disabled will benefit from this project.

  5. $1,307-chili fencing-Morogoro. Asasi ya Kuthibiti Tembo Maharaka will purchase sisal rope and used engine oil to be used in the construction of chili fencing around 110 acres of maize and tomato fields in Maharaka Village. AKUTEMA members are Maharaka Village farmers whose fields lie adjacent to Mikumi National park. The fencing will provide farmers with a non-lethal and humane method to prevent elephants from raiding the local farmland. The local community will contribute the chili peppers, the fence poles, and the labor to install the fencing. Approximately 3300 local farmers will benefit from this project.

  6. $2473-rainwater harvesting-Kagera. The Karagwe Development Association will construct a 50,000 liter concrete rainwater storage tank in the Karagwe District of Kagera Region. Once the tank is constructed the local village water committee will take over the maintenance and security of the water tank. Water from the tank will be harvested through gutters from the roof of the local school and be used by students at the school as well as the neighboring community. Approximately 1,600 people, both students and community members, will benefit from this project.

  7. $4100-solar power-Kigoma. The Inua Jamii Group will purchase and install a solar power system at the Rokuma Village Dispensary. The dispensary serves approximately 75 people per day and up to now has been limited to kerosene lamps for lighting and has lacked adequate refrigeration for vaccines. The organization will cover the cost for their director to travel by boat to the market in Kasulu to purchase the solar panels and other needed equipment and deliver the materials to the dispensary for installation. Approximately 2,700 people who visit the dispensary will benefit from this project.

  8. $2325-school renovation-Dar es Salaam. The Precious Blood Trust Fund will use the FOT funds to repair cracked classroom walls and roof two latrine blocks at Rosehill Secondary School. Rosehill Secondary School provides vocational training in a variety of trades to young people whose parents have died of HIV/Aids. The organization will provide labor and other materials needed for the doors, windows, toilet and sink fixtures, and piping to complete the school renovation. Approximately 150 students and their teachers will benefit from this project.

  9. $3900-fencing-Kagera. The St. Mariagoreth Organization will use the FOT funds to construct a security fence around their school compound to protect their students and the property. The St Mariagoreth Organization is run by the St. Therese Sisters who provide home care for people suffering from HIV/AIDS and maintain a school for boarders and day students as well as a vocational training center for orphans and school leavers. The school compound is on a main road and is across the road from a busy local market. The St. Mariagoreth organization will cover the cost of labor to construct the fencing. Approximately 200 students will benefit from this project.

  10. $2847-poultry-Tabora. The Fair Education and Information Center plans to use the proceeds from this poultry project to assist young women who are students at their tailoring training center. In the past, many of the women who completed the tailoring training were not able to set up their own tailoring businesses due to lack of funds. The profits from the sale of the eggs from the poultry project will enable the organization to help the graduates of the program obtain sewing machines and other supplies so that they can start up and run their own tailoring businesses. Approximately 45 young women will benefit from this project.

FOT Member-Designated Projects Approved in 2015

  1. $445-Itiso Ward Scholarship Fund-Dodoma Region. An FOT member has initiated this annual scholarship fund for a deserving A-level student in Itiso Ward, Dodoma Region. The Youth Empowerment and Support Organization will select the eligible student and act as fiscal sponsor for the project, receiving and disbursing the funds to the student recipient. One student per year will be the beneficiary of this project.

  2. $5,000--Girls Scholarship Program at Lutengano Secondary School in Tukuyu--Mbeya Region. In its eighth year and based on very positive reports from the school and the student recipients, an FOT member continues to provide scholarships for girls in need who have achieved good grades and participated in citizenship activities. Approximately 100 girls have received scholarships over the ten-year course of this project.

  3. $20,000--Girls Scholarships at Geita Secondary School in Geita--Mwanza Region. An FOT member continued this 12th year of funding for 25-30 girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their secondary and university schooling. The program is managed by Geita area teachers and principals and receives annual satisfactory reports. This year, in addition to supporting secondary school students, the scholarships will assist five Geita graduates as they continue their education at the university level. Approximately 300 girls have received scholarships during the twelve-year course of this project.

  4. $1,800-Solar Lanterns--Kilimanjaro Region. The Komboa Vulnerable Groups Association runs a center that provides education and counseling to vulnerable children in the Moshi area. An FOT member has collaborated with the Komboa organization to provide 200 solar lanterns which will be used in a local school, a health dispensary, and individual homes. Two hundred community members will benefit from this project.


Projects Funded in 2014

In 2014, FOT approved funding for 9 projects for a total of $20,885. These Regular Funded Projects were located in 8 different regions of Tanzania. In addition to the Regular funded projects, 5 FOT Member Sponsored Projects were approved totaling $32,426. Thus FOT and its members provided funds for 14 projects in 2014, with a grand total of $53,311.

Regular Funded Projects Approved in 2014

  1. $1980-tables and chairs-Ruvuma. The Learn to Serve Community of Tanzania will purchase 20 tables and 75 chairs for a community library in Ruvuma region. The library, which is already constructed and in operation, offers its services free of charge to the public, though it does not permit books to be taken outside the library. The additional chairs and tables are needed to provide enough seating so that the large number of patrons who make use of the library material no longer need to sit on the floor or share chairs.

  2. $2950-poultry project-Shinyanga. Umoja wa Kupambana na Hali Ngumu ya Maisha is a women's organization which will use the profits from the poultry project to continue their care for the elderly and orphans of the local community. FOT funds will cover the cost of materials for a chicken shed and the purchase of 200 chicks, feeding equipment, and the initial feed and vaccines for the chicks. The organization will supply the labor to build the shed and will purchase the subsequent feed and vaccines through monthly member donations.

  3. $1060-chili fencing-Morogoro. The Mikumi Animal Welfare and Conservation Organization will purchase sisal rope and used engine oil to be used to construct chili fencing around 84 acres of maize fields in Mikumi Village. The village lies adjacent to Mikumi National Park and local farmers have had problems with elephants raiding their corn crops, resulting in crops being ruined and elephants being shot. The chili fencing has shown success in keeping elephants from invading agricultural areas. The use of this non-lethal method to prevent crop losses will simultaneously assist the farmers and help conserve the elephant population of Mikumi National Park.

  4. $2090-beekeeping-Kagera. The Muleba Community Development Association will distribute 50 beehives among widows and orphan caregivers. FOT funds will be used to purchase 50 hives, bees to colonize the hives, and materials needed for harvesting and storing the honey. The hives will be placed either on the recipients' farmland or at Mucoda's previously established tree nursery site. Eighty percent of the profits from the sale of the honey will go to the widows and caregivers, Mucoda will receive 5% of the profits, and 15% will be placed in a savings account for emergency issues and loans for the local project participants.

  5. $1535-tree planting-Zanzibar. The Mwanyanya Green Society collaborates with the local community to preserve and protect the Mwanyanya water source, Mwanyanya Springs. FOT funds will cover the cost of purchasing 2000 tree seedlings, transportation of the trees to the Mwanyanya watershed reserve, and the purchase of tools to enable volunteers from the Mwanyanya Green Society to clean the water source.

  6. $2850-computers-Simiyu. The Kawiye Social Development Foundation will establish a computer training program in Maswa town. They have prepared a classroom with tables and chairs and the required electronic infrastructure, and arranged with Computers for Africa, a British NGO, to purchase low-cost, refurbished computers for the program. With the funds provided by FOT, the organization will purchase 12 used computers, one projector, and pay for the cost of transporting the equipment from Dar es Salaam to Maswa.

  7. $3000-Safe House and Vocational Training Center-Mara. Friends of Tanzania and the Tanzania Development Trust, FOT's counterpart in Great Britain, will join together to provide funding to the Anglican Church of Mara for the construction of a safe house and vocational training center. The purpose of the safe house is to offer refuge for young women wishing to avoid female circumcision. FOT funds will cover the cost of dining room furniture and kitchen equipment for the safe house. At the training center the young women residing in the safe house will receive free training in various skills to equip them to be self-sufficient. The project will be sustained through the tuition fees paid by other students from the surrounding community who will also attend the training center.

  8. $2990-latrines and water storage tank-Njombe. The Tanzania Voiceless Empowerment Organization will construct one latrine block with 4 latrines and install a 10,000 liter water storage tank at the Igagala Village Health Centre. FOT funds will be used to cover the cost of the materials needed for the construction of the latrines and to purchase the water storage tank and necessary plumbing fittings. The Igagala community will contribute in-kind labor. The Tanzania Voiceless Empowerment Organization will oversee the project and will supply the fuel costs for project monitors to travel to the site.

  9. $2430-water harvesting-Kagera. The St Mariagoreth Organization will purchase two 7,000 liter water storage tanks, piping, and gutters for a rainwater harvesting project. The St Mariagoreth Organization is run by the St Therese Sisters who maintain a home for orphans and manage a vocational training center in rural Bukoba District. The organization will contribute the cement, stones, and sand needed for the construction of the foundation for the tanks. The local community will provide $197 towards the project.

FOT Regular Funded Project Total for 2014: $20,885

Member Sponsored Projects Approved in 2014

  1. $8419 for the Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. Donations supported a weeklong teacher training workshop held in January 2014. In this, the fourth year of the annual workshops, the rural primary and secondary school teachers who participated in the training sessions were selected by the Kilimanjaro Regional Education Office. Along with American and other international educators, several Tanzanian teachers who participated in prior years returned in a new role, now as mentors for the new group of teachers.

  2. $1500 towards the completion of a meeting hall for the Tusaidiane women's group in Newland Village, Kilimanjaro region. Tusaidaine has been assisted by their U.S. based NGO funding partner, Wanawake, in raising money, implementing previous projects, and organizing the women of Newland Village. The hall will provide a base for Tusaidiane to hold its meetings and to offer seminars to women of the area on health and education issues. It will also be used for skills training workshops. By renting out the meeting hall to the community for local functions, the project will also generate income for Tusaidiane.

  3. $5,000 for a Girls Scholarship Program at Lutengano Secondary School in Tukuyu, Mbeya Region. In its ninth year and based on very positive reports from the school and the student recipients, an FOT member continues to provide scholarships for girls in need who have achieved good grades and participated in citizenship activities.

  4. $2507 to the Second Chance Education Centre in Kilimanjaro Region. The funds will be used to install a wireless router and for materials to complete the walls and roofing of a new block of toilets and showers for girls who board at the Second Chance Education Center.

  5. $15,000 for Girls Scholarships at Geita Secondary School in Geita, Mwanza Region. An FOT member continued this 11th year of funding for 25-30 girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their secondary and university schooling. The program is managed by Geita area teachers and principals and receives annual satisfactory reports.

FOT Member Sponsored Project Total for 2014: $32,426

Grand Total for 2014: $53,311

In 2014 FOT approved 9 Regular Funded Projects, 1 in Ruvuma, 1 in Shinyanga,1 in Morogoro, 2 in Kagera,1 in Zanzibar,1 in Simiyu, 1 in Mara and 1 in Njombe for a total of $20,885. In addition FOT approved 5 Member Sponsored Projects, 3 in Kilimanjaro, 1 in Mbeya, and 1 in Mwanza for a total of $32,426. The grand total for all FOT funded projects in 2014 was $53,311.

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Projects Funded in 2013

In 2013, FOT approved funding for 11 projects for a total of $25,576. These Regular funded projects were located in 8 different regions of Tanzania. In addition to the Regular funded projects, four FOT Member Sponsored projects were approved totaling $29,852. Thus FOT and its members provided funds for 15 projects in 2013, with a grand total of $55,428.

  1. $2,960 Friends of Usambara-tree nurseries-Tanga to continue the "Green School Project." This will be the third year that FOT, Friends of Usambara, and Trees for the Future have worked together to promote this project. The Green School Project is a tree planting project which will expand this year to 6 additional primary schools. In order to stimulate sustainable natural resource management, primary school children establish environmental clubs and plant tree seedlings to aid in reforestation of the Usambara Mountains.

  2. $3,000 Organization of People Empowerment-sewing machines-Shinyanga to help set up a tailoring training center for school leavers in Kishapu District. FOT funds will cover the purchase 25 sewing machines, 25 chairs, 25 tables, a blackboard, and the cost of transporting the equipment to the center. The organization will provide allowances for the trainers, the expenses for maintaining the equipment, and other overhead costs of running the center.

  3. $2,740 Muungano Women Group-poultry project-Shinyanga for a poultry project. The Muungano Women Group runs a day care center for orphans and provides other orphans in the community with basic needs and school fees. The poultry project will allow the organization to increase the number of children they assist from 18 to approximately 72 children within 2 to 3 years. FOT funds will pay for construction materials for a poultry house and for the purchase of 200 chicks, feeders, drinkers, and the initial feed and vaccination fees. The organization will contribute wood, transport of the materials, and labor.

  4. $2,950 Mbeya Trade School-sewing machines-Mbeya for the purchase of 28 new sewing machines. The machines will replace 21 old donated sewing machines which are in disrepair. The machines will be used to train girls in tailoring skills. After completing the training course, the girls will form cooperative work groups of approximately 3 to 5 girls in each group to enable them to apply for loans and set up their own businesses. The Mbeya Trade school, which is run by the Catholic Diocese of Mbeya, offers classes in dressmaking, electrical installation, carpentry, motor vehicle mechanics, and welding.

  5. $1,600 Buhemba Community Development Training Institute-pigs-Mara to enable the Buhemba Training Institute to develop a piglet production center. The funds will be used to purchase 10 female pigs, to cover the cost of transporting the pigs to the organization's site, and to provide initial feed and vaccines for the pigs. The female pigs will be bred with quality boars. The piglets that are born will be distributed to local women's groups to provide a source of income and meat for the group members. Each group, after breeding their pigs, will return 3 weaned female piglets back to Buhemba CDTI to expand and sustain the project.

  6. $2,090 Tuseme Children Empowerment Trust-poultry-Arusha for a chicken project to benefit 32 children living at a permanent shelter and 60 Massai women. The project will provide better nutrition and income-generation for the women as well as the children at the shelter. FOT funds will be used to purchase 200 chicks and 10 cocks and to buy material for a chicken house at the shelter. As the chicks begin breeding, each of the original recipients will give back 1 hen and 1 cock to expand the project to additional households.

  7. $1,575 Uwaku Group-goats-Kagera to purchase 30 female goats for a "get a female goat-give a female goat" project. The Uwaku Group is an association of young heads of household who are caring for younger siblings. In the first year, individual Uwaku Group members will receive and breed a female goat. After breeding their goats, each beneficiary will give back to the organization one female baby goat which will then, in turn, be given to an additional needy community member. FOT funds will cover the cost of 30 female goats, the transportation of the goats to the site, and the purchase of a bicycle to assist with monitoring the project.

  8. $2,811 Sustainable Development Solutions-beekeeeping-Tabora for a beekeeping project to be run by the members of the Tabora Municipal HIV Victims Trustship. FOT funds will be used to construct 50 modern beehives, to purchase packing containers for the honey, and to construct a shallow well to provide water for the project. The Sudeso organization will cover the costs of the planning and training meetings as well as the supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of the project. Members of the Tabora Municipal HIV Victims Trustship will receive 55% of the profits from the sale of the honey. The remaining profits will be set aside for maintaining the project, and to establish a savings account established for the Tabora Municipal HIV Victims Trustship.

  9. $ 2,350 New Life Africa-micro loans-Tabora to provide small start-up business loans to women living with HIV/AIDS. Fifty six women have been identified and given initial entrepreneurship training. The women have formed 8 groups of 7 members each. Each group will select a business (tailoring, gardening, making ornaments, or cooking and selling food). The groups will repay the loans to New Life Africa after 4 or 5 months. New Life Africa will not charge interest on the loans although each group will be encouraged to collect and set aside interest payments for their own group's future use.

  10. $3,000 Sustainable Alliance and Poverty Eradication for the Bendera Village Water Committee-water pump-Kilimanjaro to purchase a heavy-duty water pump which will provide potable water for approximately 200 families. Villagers will pay Tsh 1000 per family per month to the Bendera Village Water Committee to generate funds for maintaining and sustaining the project. The community has raised $2,000 to apply towards the project and will also provide in-kind contributions of sand, stone, and labor. The Sustainable Alliance and Poverty Eradication organization, an NGO based in Dar es Salaam, identified the project and assisted the Bendera Water Committee with technical and community development advice.

  11. $500 Kazi ni Dawa (Kanida)-chicken shed-Tanga to purchase corrugated iron for the construction of a chicken shed. Kanida will contribute bricks (which they have already made), timber, labor, and other construction materials. Each Kanida member will donate 2 local breed chickens to add to the 20 chickens which the organization already owns. Profits from the sale of the eggs and meat will be used to pay for school fees and exercise books for 15 orphaned students. In the second year, as the number of chickens increase, the profits will support a total of 40 orphaned students.

Total Regular Projects Approved for Funding in 2013 = $25,576

Member Sponsored Projects Approved in 2013

  1. $5,000 for a Girls Scholarship Program at Lutengano Secondary School in Tukuyu, Mbeya Region. Now in its eighth year and based on very positive reports, an FOT member continues to provide scholarships for girls in need who have achieved good grades and participated in citizenship activities.

  2. $15,000 for a Girls Scholarships at Geita Secondary School in Geita, Mwanza Region. An FOT member continues this 10th year of providing funding for 25-30 girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their secondary and university schooling. The program is managed by Geita area teachers and principals and receives annual satisfactory reports.

  3. $2,100 towards the Second Chance Education Center Toilet Project in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. This project, sponsored by the extended family of an FOT member, enabled the Second Chance Education Center to complete two toilet projects at the center. Funds were used to construct required toilets for kindergarten classes and to renovate the center's secondary school toilets in order to make them accessible to disabled students.

  4. $7,752 for the Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. Donations supported the attendance of a new group of 30 rural primary and secondary school teachers at a weeklong teacher training workshop, similar to the successful workshops held in previous years. In this, the third year of the annual workshops, alongside American and international educators, Tanzanian teachers who had participated in prior years returned to act as mentors to first-time participants

Members Sponsored Projects Approved in 2013 = $ 29,852

In 2013 FOT approved 11 regular funded projects, 1 in Arusha, 1 in Kagera, 1 in Kilimanjaro, 2 in Tabora, 2 in Tanga, 2 in Shinyanga, 1 in Mbeya, and 1 in Mara for a total of $25,576. In addition FOT approved 4 member sponsored projects, 1 in Mbeya, 2 in Kilimanjaro, and 1 in Mwanza for a total of $29,852. The grand total for all FOT funded projects in 2013 was $55,428.



Projects Funded in 2012

In 2012 FOT funded 11 projects for a total of $25,698. These regular funded projects were located in six different regions of Tanzania. In addition to the regular funded projects, three FOT members sponsored three projects totaling $22,900. Thus FOT and its members provided funds for 14 projects in 2012, with a grand total of $48,598.

  1. $1950 to expand the Friends of Usambara tree nursery project at three additional primary schools in Tanga Region. FOT teamed with Friends of Usambara and Trees for the Future to continue this project which FOT helped fund in 2011. FOT funds will purchase materials for the tree nurseries while Trees for the Future will supply tree seeds and expertise. With the assistance of community members and Friends of Usambara, students at the schools will learn to plant and care for the young trees as they acquire business skills. As the trees grow and mature, the schools will receive income from the project through the sale of tree seedlings and timber.

  2. $3000 for an agricultural project in Kilimanjaro Region. The Rundugai Community Development and Sponsorship Programme will use FOT funds to enhance the farming techniques of local small-scale farmers in a revolving agricultural loan program. In the first year of the project, 50 farmers will receive fertilizer and improved vegetable seeds. The farmers will return a portion of their profits from market sales of the produce to the Rundugai organization. Rundugai will use the repaid funds to expand the project to additional small-scale farmers.

  3. $1500 to purchase materials for a beekeeping project in Kagera Region. The Muleba Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS will provide bee hives to several groups of women who will maintain the hives. The women's groups will receive 80 percent of the profits from the sale of the honey while the remaining 20% will go to the Muleba Association for sustaining and expanding the project. Bees Abroad, a British NGO, has provided preliminary beekeeping training to the Muleba Association.

  4. $3000 for equipment to provide solar power to the Kidahwe Dispensary in rural Kigoma Region. Having solar power will enable the clinic to offer health care services after dark, allow refrigeration for vaccines, and improve maternity and infant care. The Tanzanian government and Hope of the Community also contributed funds toward this project.

  5. $3,000 to purchase materials and machinery to construct a welding workshop for students at the Zinduka Vocational Training Center in Mara Region. The Zinduka Vocational Center has already established training facilities for tailoring, carpentry, and computer skills. FOT funds will allow Zinduka to include welding in their vocational offerings. FOT member Brian Singer helped launch the Zinduka Vocational Training Center through Project Zawadi, an NGO he founded.

  6. $1400 to the Association for Women Empowerment and Development in Tanga Region. FOT funds will be used to purchase purebred male goats and rabbits and to help cover the cost of training the trainers on cross breeding techniques. The Women Empowerment organization will loan village women the purebred males to cross breed with their female animals. Some of the female offspring will be given to other women to expand the project while some of the males will be sold in order to raise funds to purchase more purebred animals to act as sires in the breeding program.

  7. $2800 to the Community Support Mission for the purchase and delivery of a milling machine in Kagera Region. The project will create a revenue stream through fees charged for milling the maize and packaging the flour. Sixty percent of the profits from the project will be used to set up a micro-finance plan for widows and to pay school fees for orphaned children.

  8. $1560 for a fish farming project initiated by Hifadhi Mazingira Kagera in Kagera Region. The funds will be used to purchase construction materials and tilapia fingerlings for two fish ponds for two villages. The organization and the villagers will provide additional materials, labor, and monitoring of the project. The village government has agreed to provide land for the fish ponds. Fish that is not consumed by the fish farmer families will be marketed at affordable prices.

  9. $3000 for materials in a collaborative effort to renovate the kitchen and water system at the Ilboru Special Needs School in Arusha Region. The design for the renovations has been completed by engineering students from South Dakota. The Handicapped Children Renovation Trust in Arusha will supervise the renovations. The community will provide non-technical labor while a Tanzanian engineering firm will be hired for the specialized portion of the construction. Additional funds for the project have been donated by FOT members from Peace Corps Tanganyika I and Tanganyika II.

  10. $1,500 to Kasulu Youth Development for a poultry project in Kigoma Region. The project is designed to give low-income families the ability to pay school fees for their children to attend primary and secondary schools. With the help of their parents, children in four villages will care for the chickens, sell eggs and chickens, and use the profits for school fees and other expenses. FOT funds will go towards the purchase of the chickens as well as vaccines and medicines for the chickens. The Kasulu organization will cover the cost of training the participants.

  11. $2,980 to supply equipment and materials for a hand-well in Tabora Region. The Goodness Organization will contribute $1135 towards the project and the local community will provide labor and additional materials. FOT funds will be used to purchase cement, weld mesh, and an Afridev hand pump. The well will provide a source of clean, fresh water to 360 households.

Total Grants for Regular Projects in 2012: $25,698

Approved Member Sponsored Projects

  1. $5400 for the Second Chance Education Centre, Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. Donations will support the attendance of a new group of 30 rural primary and secondary school teachers at a weeklong workshop planned for January 2013, similar to the successful workshops held in previous years. In this, the third year of the annual workshops, selected Tanzanian teachers and teacher resource center directors who participated in prior years will be invited to return as mentors alongside experienced American and international volunteer educators. The headmasters of Makaa Primary School and Msaranga Secondary School have offered their classrooms and students for helpful, non-evaluative, observed practice teaching sessions for the participants.

  2. $5,000 for a Girls Scholarship Program at Lutengano Secondary School in Tukuyu, Mbeya Region. Now in its seventh year, based on very positive reports, an FOT member has provided scholarships for girls in need who have achieved good grades and participated in citizenship activities.

  3. $12,500 for a Girls Scholarships at Geita Secondary School in Geita, Mwanza Region. An FOT member continues her funding of 25-30 girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their secondary and university schooling. Reports are very satisfactory. The program is managed by Geita area teachers and principals.

Total Approved Member Sponsored Funding in 2012: $22,900


Projects Funded in 2011

In 2011, FOT approved a total of $25,795 to help support 13 projects in Tanzania and another $25,825 to support 4 Member Designated Projects, for a total approved funding of $51,620.

  1. $3,000 for a beekeeping project, Muheza, Tanga region. Sakale Development Foundation will purchase 100 bee hives. The project will provide alternative employment to 300 farmers currently in mining and forest harvesting. The organization will use the profits from the beekeeping business to provide school fees for 10 students.

  2. $1900 for agricultural/milling machine project, Musoma, Mara region. The Anglican Church of Tanzania will supply a milling machine for Bwenda Village. A milling machine in the village permits the women and disabled people to walk shorter distances with their grain and allows children to attend school daily. School fees for orphans will be paid from profits.

  3. $2550 for a beekeeping project, Masasi, Mtwara region. Kikundi Cha Voluntia plans to erect 100 hives on land on the Makonde Plateau four kilometers from the village of Nanganga. The male members from Kikundi cha Voluntia will care for the land and the hives bi-weekly. Funds from FOT will pay for materials to make the hives as well as equipment to gather the honey. (Two PCV's have recommended the project and have corresponded with FOT on behalf of the organization.)

  4. $2000 for beekeeping project, Ludewa, Iringa region. Chama Cha Walemavu Tanzania (CHATAWA) will purchase 85 bee hives and working gear in order to implement a beekeeping project. The village government will provide 3 acres of land for the project. CHAWATA works to support disabled people.

  5. $2075 for agricultural/milling machine project, Bukoba, Kagera region. Youth Training Organization will complete the building for a milling and pestering machine and purchase the machine. The youth working the machines will have 2 years of experience at another mill and others will be newly trained. 120 village women and children will save time in bringing the maize, millet and soya beans to this mill. Some of the grain will be kept for the families, the rest, sold at market or to the newly-established teachers' training college ˝ km from the project. 75% of profits will be applied to a microfinance plan for women, school fees for secondary school youth, orphans' support, and a carpentry workshop.

  6. $1850 for animal husbandry project, Bukoba, Kagera region. Network of Bukoba Municipal Women (NEBUMWO PLUS) will assist women afflicted with HIV/AIDS by providing them with the nutritional value of milk and meat and an income-generating project. The plan is to purchase 30 goats and these be distributed "on loan" to 30 women on the condition that once the goats reproduce 2 kids per year, the owner must give another woman a new kid ("get a goat, repay a goat"). In addition, the community will have manure for farm crops. FOT is funding the purchase of 30 goats, transport of the goats, vaccinations, worm tablets, veterinary costs and bicycle for monitoring.

  7. $1500 for fish farming project, Moshi, Kilimanjaro region. African Community Rehabilitation Organization (ACRO) will use the funds for fish pond construction and fish management equipment (netting, wire, fencing) to support the development of integrated fish farming and training by women's groups to improve the quality of life of village women, vulnerable children and orphans. Five groups of women, 10 per group, are involved in training 20 children from a school at a time in an on-going process of women training more women, children training children and another fish pond will be constructed in a community land area; this pond will be owned and managed by women. Apart from sharing knowledge about the nutritional benefits of fish, there will be increased consumption by the children to counter malnutrition and economic opportunities through the sale of fish.

  8. $2020 for reforestation/tree nursery project, Lushoto, Tanga region. LUSHOTO WOMEN EMPOWERMENT GROUP will purchase tree seedlings, sand and nursery equipment for "environmental protection on the Usambara Mountains". The project is to train approximately 300 women in Jeagestal village to plant, raise tree seedlings and manage their own selling businesses. The women, ages 20-50 yrs., 30% of who are widows, already cultivate vegetables and fruits for family consumption and selling. The tree seedlings will be an off-season occupation, thus providing a year-round income.

  9. $1300 for environmental education project, Lushoto, Tanga region. Friends of Usambara Society will use the funds for tree seedlings and equipment at two primary schools for the establishment of environmental enterprise clubs and tree nurseries. The organization will promote through the schools agro forestry as an alternate income-generating activity by fostering environmental conservation while providing youth with the knowledge of entrepreneurship. Tree seedlings will be from exotic species, which are fast growing and will provide women with firewood, and indigenous species, which are suited to environmental forest conservation. The youth will have incomes through the establishment of their own business in the villages. In the first year, 200 youth in the clubs will benefit; after 2-3 years, 4000 people will benefit from the purchase of trees and managing to preserve the water source.

  10. $2500 for water project, Musoma, Mara region. HAKI ZA WANAWAKE NA WATOTO (HAWAWAMU) will construct rainwater harvesting tanks at 2 primary schools, Matongo and Kinyariri. The school children and teachers will have a close source of water; the community will learn how to get water through construction of water tanks. The goals are to improve pupils' health by eliminating water born disease and to have water to wash hands. The water will be boiled for drinking.

  11. $1500 for beekeeping project, Ludewa, Iringa region. Southern Highlands Development Association (SHDA) will purchase 100 beehives and beekeeping materials (overalls, hats, gloves, boots, smokers) to be distributed in 4 villages. The first year 50 MCVs will benefit with the expectation that this number will increase to 80 in the second year, and so on. 40% of profits will be used to purchase another beehive for new MVCs; 50% for scholastic materials, school fees and nutrition; 10% for capacity building for organization members and the community. Expected revenue from wax and honey: 12,500, 000 Tsh.

  12. $1100 for well project, Central Kipalapala, Itetemia, Tabora region. Fair Education and Information Centre (FADICE) will administer the water source rehabilitation project. The present source of water is untreated at 10 km. distance. The well should last 50 years as there is a natural source of water and it will be preserved through rehabilitation, tree planting and management by the water committee of the local government which owns the well. The village population is 425 and surrounding communities will have access to the well and learn how to develop and monitor other water sources.

  13. $2500 for construction project, Bukondamoyo, Kahama, Shinyanga. Kahama Education Centre will use purchase roofing materials (corrugated iron sheets, timber, nails) for the newly-constructed building of 4 classrooms, office and toilet. Kahama offers vocational training to school leavers and single mothers in tailoring, carpentry and secretarial, bookkeeping, and computer literacy, as well as English. With a new building, the centre expects to serve 100 youths and provide them skills to be self-employed or employed by other businesses.

Total grants for regular projects in 2011: $25,795

Approved Giving Back Projects

  1. $5,575 for Sukuro Water Project, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region. Robert J. Griffith, Tanzania VI, Memorial Giving Back Project. Divine Word Mission will oversee the drilling of a borehole in Sukuro Village of 3000 residents to provide clean water. The other source of water is at a distance of 7 km. The project will follow 3 phases: a) water survey; b) drill 120 m. borehole; c) install generator and diesel pump. The application was prepared by FOT member Barbara Mackey with Fr. Peter Pinto and Dr. Jenny Browne, Maasai Rafiki Project.

  2. $5,150 for Second Chance Education Centre, Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop, Moshi, Kilimanjaro. Donations will support the attendance of 30 more rural primary and secondary school teachers for a week and basic materials at a second workshop planned for January 2012, based on the success of the first workshop. Selected Tanzanian teachers and teacher resource center directors who participated in the first workshop will be invited to return as mentors alongside experienced American and international volunteer educators. The headmasters of Msaranga Ward Primary and Secondary Schools have offered their classrooms and students for helpful, non-evaluative, observed practice teaching sessions for the participants. FOT member Diane Russell submitted the application for renewal of the project on behalf of Mama Lucy M. Renju, Director of Second Chance Education Centre.

  3. $5,000 for Girls Scholarship Program, Lutengano Secondary School, Tukuyu. Now in its fifth year, based on very positive reports, an FOT member has provided scholarships for girls in need who have achieved good grades and participated in citizenship activities.

  4. $10,100 for Girls Scholarships, Geita Secondary School, Geita. An FOT member continues her funding of 25-30 girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their schooling. Reports are very satisfactory. The program is managed by Geita area teachers and principals.

Total Approved Giving Back Funding in 2011: $25,825


Projects Funded in 2010

Friends of Tanzania provided a total of $47,150 to projects in Tanzania in 2010. These projects were divided into two types:

  • Budgeted Funding - whose source is the general donations of our members and friends. We were fortunate to have funds to cover 11 projects for a total of $25,350.
  • Giving Back Project - are member donations for suggested projects of special interest, which meet FOT criteria and go through the same Project Committee review process.
    These projects helped extend our own funding capacity in Tanzania for an additional $21,800 this year.
We are grateful to all our donors. Although we funded 15 projects for $47,150, we would like to fund more next year.

Budgeted Funding 2010

$1000 for plumbing tools, Songea, Ruvuma Region, African Benedictine Hanga Abbey. The Abbey plumbers work and train students as plumbers in the community and use the money they make to support the vocational training departments at the Abbey. In addition to the 12 students in the plumbing program and 150 monks in the Abbey, the villagers of Hanga will benefit as their plumbing systems are improved.

$3000 for tree seedlings and materials, Njombe. Iringa Region. NJOWECA (Njombe West Environmental Conservation Association). FOT funded NJOWECA in 2007 and 2008. In this reforestation project there will also be awareness training in 4 villages with 3,500 people living in and around the reforested areas planted with new seedlings.

$3000 for a water project, Songea, Ruvuma Region, COCOTO, whom FOT helped in 2008, will prepare 12 hand pumps and cement for 12 drilled boreholes. The current phase of the project will provide the villages of Gumbilo and Mtwangimbole with a safe source of water for use by local families and also for farmland irrigation. Approximately 8,500 people in the two villages will benefit from the project.

$500 for vocational education/ sewing project, Kahama, Shinyanga Region. The Kahama Education Centre will purchase four sewing machines, tables, fabric and sewing notions to give girl - school leavers sewing skills. These skills will qualify them for help from other support organizations and enable the girls to start their own private businesses.

$2350 for an electric soap mixing tank, Ujiji, Kigoma Region. The Women Promotion Centre (WPC)/ and WEMA, a women's self-help group, will provide their members a safer, more efficient means of making soap. Their small sales profit will help to increase available credit in a revolving micro-financing credit fund which will assist more WEMA members.

$3000 for micro-finance project, Gungu Ward, Kigoma Region. The Tanzania Women Social Economic Development and Human Rights Organization (TWSEDHRO) successfully and professionally used a 2009 FOT grant of $1500 as capital for loans to a limited number of small groups of women who set up businesses such as selling fish or farm products and repaid their loans with interest. The additional funding will allow the program to expand to more women.

$3000 for building supplies, Mayega Village, Mwanza Region. The Busega Children's and Development Services Assistance (BCDSA) will install doors and windows in a nearly-completed dormitory for 26 children and finish covering the recently constructed septic tank.

$2300 for tree nursery seedlings, equipment and materials, Sumbawanga, Rukwa Region. The Rukwa Environmental Conservation Society (RECOSO) will sell tree seedlings at a low cost to individuals, farmers and public institutions in this reforestation project. The planned follow-up visits to those who have bought and planted the seedlings will be covered by the income from the sale of the seedlings.

$3000 for a poultry project, Shinyanga. The Ebeneza Group maintains a center for orphans and people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Funding will allow the monthly production of eggs, with about a quarter reserved to feed those at the center. From the sale of the remaining eggs, the monthly income will help maintain the project, care for the orphans, and assist in paying administrative costs.

$2200 for 20 solar driers, Lushoto, Tanga Region. The Juhudi Women Association for Community Development will construct the solar driers and train 250 women on how to use the driers to preserve fruits and vegetables for marketing, thus reducing the waste of produce which rots before it can be brought to market. This should also extend the availability of produce for families.

$2000 for a milling machine, Mara, Musoma District. The Anglican Church of Tanzania will purchase a milling machine for Hekwe Village, so the women, who carry their grain to be milled, will not have to walk such great distances. Two prior milling machine installations in two other villages in the Diocese of Mara have been successful.

Giving Back Projects 2010

$2600 for sanitation system, Karatu District, Arusha Region. The St. Brendan's Lostete Dispensary, maintained by St. Brendan's Kitete Parish, provides health services to the Maasai people. The majority of the patients are women and children. Heavy rains destroyed the old latrines at the dispensary and the funding will provide the construction of new latrines with a septic system, which should be unaffected by weather conditions.

$10,150 for girls secondary school scholarships. Geita, Mwanza Region. The Geita Girls' Secondary School Scholarship Program continues its 8th year providing scholarship funds for girls in need to complete their secondary school education. Each year 25-30 girls are able to continue their education.

$4000 for school construction, Ulaya Secondary School, Tabora. This year funds will assist in constructing a dining hall and teacher's house.

$5050 for teacher training, Moshi. The Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop at Second Chance Education Centre holds its first session in January 2011. Eight international experienced educators collaborate in a mentorship program with 30 primary and secondary level teachers, headmasters, and teacher center directors from rural Moshi to present different learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and real classroom practice, in a week-long, residential, full English-immersion workshop.


$2020 for Sewing/Sweater-Making Project, Tanga Region, Lushoto. Lushoto Aids Control and Youth Capacity Building will apply the funds to purchase and transport to Lushoto 3 sweater-making machines, yarn, and spare parts. A handicapped woman will train youths, including other handicapped and orphaned youths, to produce and market sweaters and woolen accessories appropriate for their cool mountain climate. The organization covers the room rental and salaries of the project coordinator and teacher.

$2450 toward Agriculture/Beekeeping /Education Project, Iringa Region, Ludewa District, Lugarawa. Lugarawa Trust Foundation (LTF),which works with the Njombe Development Office, will purchase and transport to Lugarawa, equipment necessary for a beekeeping project: hives; smokers; buckets; protective clothing. LTF will use the proceeds from the sale of honey in their continued support of the secondary and college education of approximately 25 orphans in the community.

$2900 toward Water Project, Kagera Region, Ihanda-Karagwe. MAVUNO Improvement for Community Relief and Services, in continuation of a similar project funded by FOT in 2008, will buy cement and corrugated iron sheets for the construction of 5 rainwater harvesting tanks. Four families within proximity to each other will share a tank, thus permitting approximately 140 villagers to benefit from these 5 sources of clean water.

$2100 toward Education Project, Mwanza Region, Mwanza. DEFESCO (Developing Free Education Services Centres for Orphans) will be able to complete the construction of 2 classrooms with a tin roof, cement floors, and installation of water and electricity. The classrooms, located in an after-school tutoring centre, will serve in any weather, both day and night, the 6 educators and 166 or more orphans and destitute students.

$1740 toward Agriculture/Education Project, Morogoro Region, Morogoro. Mehayo Centre will purchase building materials for an addition to their poultry house, thus increasing their income from poultry sales and generating funds to expand basic education and job training for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults who now number about 50.

$2180 for Water Project, Zanzibar, South District, Jambiani. TUISHI will oversee the construction of a well in the proximity of crops to facilitate irrigation, helping to provide produce for a village of 500. The funds will also cover the costs of professional well-diggers, necessary due to the difficult terrain. The community will provide unskilled labor to complete the well construction.

$2320 toward Animal Husbandry /Health/Education Project, Ruvuma Region, Songea, Perimiho. Chipole Development Program will enlarge a rabbit and goat marketing project by constructing new sheds and purchasing additional animals. Proceeds from these sales benefit a community of 250 people in providing free health services, paying orphans’ school fees, and establishing youth groups.

$3000 toward Education Project, Mbeya Region, Rungwe. Kisa Catholic Parish will be able to complete the construction of a kindergarten to serve 120 young children and their families. As the total cost is $13,362, other funding sources are a local tea company and the villagers’ donations. FOT funds cover the purchase of building materials, hardware, such as nails and screws, and varnish. Community members will supply both skilled and unskilled labor.

$3000 toward Vocational Education Project, Kilimanjaro Region, Moshi. Mkombosi Vocational School will apply the funds to the installation of electricity in their expansion of buildings to double their enrollment from 80 to 160 students. Youth and women receive training in hotel services, computer and tailoring skills as well as entrepreneurship, obtaining life skills to support themselves and their families.

$2020 for Education Project, Dodoma Region, Dodoma. Tanzanian Life Project will now have materials to renovate 2 classrooms at Mtumbe Primary School to accommodate 100 more students. While the community will contribute unskilled labor, a small amount of the funds will pay for craftsmen to install doors and windows.

$700 toward Water Project, Iringa Region, Iringa, Idetelo. Maji Umoja is building 3 wells. The villagers will provide the unskilled labor, 1 pump, sand, stones, bricks. FOT’s funds will purchase 2 additional pumps and materials to line the wells. 155 people will benefit from close access to clean water.

$1500 for Micro Loan Project, Kigoma Region, Kigoma. TWSEDHRO (Tanzania Women Social Economic Development and Human Rights Organization) will use this capital to expand to Kigoma the successful micro loan program they began in Kasulu District in November, 2007. In Kigoma, during the first year of the project, 5 groups of 4 women each will be granted small loans to run businesses such as selling fish or farm products. As the loans are repaid with interest, future groups of women will receive micro loans.

$3000 for Reforestation/Tree Nursery Project, Rukwa Region, Sumbawanga. KAESO (Kaengesa Environmental Conservation Society) will apply the funds for tree seedlings and equipment for a village tree planting project. The community will actively participate in planting the seedlings, building protective fences, and assuring watering. The entire population of approximately 25,000 in the surrounding area will be direct beneficiaries.

$10,150 for a “Giving Back” Education Project, Mwanza Region, Geita. Geita Girls’ Secondary School Scholarship Program, now in its 6th year, allows 26 girls to attend and complete their secondary school education instead of their being school leavers.

$5000 for a “Giving Back” Education Project, Mbeya Region, Tukuyu. Lutengano Secondary School Girls’ Scholarship Program, now in its 3rd year, will reward 10 girls who have achieved good grades and citizenship activities to continue their education.


$500 to buy 2 water pumps for 2 wells in Kitelewasi, Iringa region. A Peace Corps volunteer originated the project and worked with INCOMET, a Tanzanian NGO, to complete the building of these wells. Local villagers provided labor, materials and cement. The wells will provide a nearby source of drinking water for the village of 2,400 people and enable families to cultivate home gardens for both consumption and income generation.

$600 to Karishia, an NGO in Dar es Salaam, which runs a program to assist and support approximately 500 HIV/AIDS victims. The funds will help improve a farm outside of the city that grows crops used to help feed those affected with AIDS.

$500 to Peramiho AIDS Family Basic Education Control Action to purchase sports equipment and sports shoes for a youth program in Songea, Ruvuma region. The program targets 66 young people who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.

$2,330 to the Sylaseveso Organization to teach carpentry, tailoring, and business skills to unemployed youth in Tabora town. Each year, from sixty to ninety young people ages 15 to 25 will receive training with the help of the organization.

$3000 for a reforestation project in Njombe, Iringa region. This is FOT’s second grant to this ongoing project run by Njombe West Environmental Conservation Association. The funds will be used to purchase seeds and equipment for a tree nursery. The project benefits 3500 people in the four villages in Wangama Ward by controlling erosion, providing catchments for water, and supplying a future source of timber, charcoal and income.

$3000 to the Women’s Department of the African Inland Church in Kambarage Province, Shinyanga region. The women’s group will purchase sewing machines and tailoring materials to train local women in tailoring skills. Up to 120 women will be able to receive training each year. Ten percent of the income generated through the tailoring business will be returned to the center to sustain the tailoring project.

$1500 to the Ebeneza Group for a dairy cattle project in Kahama, Shinyanga region. The group will purchase four dairy cows and use the milk produced and the profits generated to help in their efforts to provide 26 orphan children with food and school expenses.

$1500 for the purchase of classroom furniture and teaching equipment for the Maranatha primary school in Kigoma town, Kigoma region. Last year FOT provided Maranatha funds for a roof for their new classroom building. This year’s second grant will help purchase tables and chairs to furnish two new classrooms which accommodate 65 children.

$2,900 for five in-ground rainwater harvesting tanks which will be constructed in Ihanda-Karagwe in Kagera region. The Mavuno Improvement for Community Relief and Services organization is coordinating the project. The funds from FOT will be used to purchase cement and corrugated iron sheets. Each of the 5 tanks will provide a source of clean water to 4 families. In all, approximately 140 people will benefit from this portion of the project.

$2,800 for drilling boreholes and preparing hand water pumps for a water project in Ruvuma district, Songea region. The Community Consulting and Training Organization (COCOTO) will provide an additional $4,000 for sanitation and public health training and follow-up to the project. In this phase of the project, two villages will be targeted with approximately 7,365 people having access to the new wells.

$650 for the purchase of hand and electric carpentry tools to expand the Tanzania Development Trust (TASEDEFU) carpentry training program for needy youth in Dar es Salaam. The goal of the TASEDEFU program is to provide young people with marketable skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient. In addition to training about 45 young people each year, TASEDEFU assists them in finding employment after the completion of their training program.

$5000 toward the support of Phase 3 of the Shashui Water Project in Lushoto, Tanga region. This application came to FOT through our partner the Britain-Tanzania Society. Phases 1 and 2 of the project have already been completed and successfully bring a reliable, clean water supply to 41% of the Shashui population. Phase 3 will extend the water supply to the remaining 1,800 Shashui villagers.

$3000 for materials to build a girls’ dormitory to house 50 students at the St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre in Songea, Ruvuma region. The Sisters of St. Agnes run the center where both boys and girls receive training in tailoring, cooking, plumbing installation, carpentry and mechanics. The Sisters of St. Agnes will contribute an additional $2000 towards the project.

$500 to the Sakale Development Foundation in Muheza, Tanga region, to expand an existing tree nursery. The Sakale Development Foundation provides fruit tree and other tree seedlings to local villagers and informs them about issues of environmental protection. The FOT grant will be used to purchase composite manure and materials to build bamboo boxes for tree seedlings. The project enhances the lives of the approximately 10,000 people living in the area either directly, from harvesting the fruit, or indirectly, from the environmental benefits the trees provide.

$2520 for materials to construct latrines in Kileo, Kilimanjaro Region, for use by both Kivuluni and Mkombozi Primary Schools. These two schools, with a total of about 700 pupils, are adjacent to each other. The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, which sponsored the project, is working to decrease the infection rate of schistosomiasis in the region and will supervise the building of the latrines and the follow-up public health training.

$1860 to purchase goats and build a goat shed for a revolving goat project. The Christian Youth Network in Tabora organized the project in which female goats will be given to caregivers of orphaned children. The Christian Youth Network will keep a male goat for breeding purposes. To begin the project, 56 goats will be distributed. As females breed, the baby goats will be given to more and more needy households.

$10,000 for scholarships for girls to attend Geita area secondary schools in Mwanza Region. This four-year old project in FOT’s Giving Back Program is helping 30 girls attend and complete their high school classes when they otherwise would have dropped out.

$5,000 for scholarships for girls to attend Luntengano Secondary School, Tukuyu Region. About 10 girls will be helped to continue their education due to good grades and good citizenship activities at the school. This project is in its first year and funding is through our Giving Back Program.


Songea Orphans Relief Services (ORES)
ORES, which began in 1996, has served over 600 orphans with education, home care, food and a variety of other activities for people living with AIDS and works to prevent mother to children transmission of HIV.  This Ruvuma Region project is assisted with an FOT grant for construction material for the renovation of a rehabilitation center for orphans.

Njombe West Environmental Conservation Association
The FOT grant covered materials to establish a tree nursery in Wangama, Njombe in Iringa Region in its reforestation project. The funds were used to purchase polyethylene tubes, a wheelbarrow, watering cans, and spades, and paid for the transportation of manure and tree seedlings to the tree nursery site.  In order to help to stem soil erosion, prevent rainwater runoff, and provide wood for local communities, the conservation association works to reforest rural areas that have been clear cut. 

Women’s Education and Economic Center (WEECE)
The WEECE project in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region trains up to 48 young women in sewing, embroidery, and batiking skills.  The sale of the completed garments provides a stream of revenue to the economic center and enables its members to continue their education activities in health and gender issues.  With the funds, WEECE will purchase sewing machines, fabric, and sewing notions  for their next tailoring project.

ARK Foundation, Library Project
Tumaini Community Secondary School in Dar es Salaam serves underprivileged children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In order for the school to meet Ministry of Education standards, it needs a functioning science lab and a fully equipped library.  Funds provided by FOT went towards the purchase of timber, hardware, and “must have” books for the school library to meet those standards.

Kikundi cha Wanawake Viziwi (Deaf Women’s Group).
The group is located in Dar es Salaam and is affiliated with CHAVITA, a Tanzanian organization for the deaf.  The Deaf Women’s Group generates income through weaving, sewing, and traditional handicrafts.  With the grant money from FOT, the group purchased weaving and craft materials.  Friends of Tanzania members were also able to connect the group with Global Sistergoods, a fair trade import business, which has agreed to offer some of the Tanzanian handicrafts for sale in the United States.

Mkombozi Vocation Center Expansion Project, Moshi
This Kilimanjaro Region project supports the expansion of a vocational education center for orphans. The funds were used to finish the roof of three new classrooms, purchase doors and windows for the building, and pay for eight toilets.  The expanded facilities allow the vocational center to double the number of students served at the center. Our first assistance was in 2005. 

Youth Build Future, Mbeya
Youth Build Future is an NGO that assists physically disabled youth. FOT funds provided corrugated iron sheets, cement, sand gravel, timber, windows, a door, and nails for the construction of the mill. The new grain mill will employ the disabled who will mill maize, wheat, millet, and soya for local farmers.  Without the new mill, the farmers must carry their grain on foot 3 kilometers to the nearest mill location.
Mzumbe Women Workers Club (MWOC)
FOT first gave a grant to this women’s group in Morogoro Region in 1999.  The current FOT grant allowed the club to complete the walls and roof, purchase windows and doors, and install toilet facilities in the kindergarten and adult education center.  FOT has watched this group expand its community development efforts through the years.

Global Vision Tanzania
Based in Dar es Salaam this group assists members to build a tailoring business.  The FOT grant enabled sixteen women to purchase 4 sewing and embroidery machines and other supplies.  With economic advancement, the members will improve their efforts to educate the women in health, social and economic issues. 

Kinisa La Pentekoste, Pig Project
FOT funds to this church-based institution in Kahama, Shinyanga Region, helped purchase materials and pigs to start a pig project for its 27 members.  The funds from the project were used to support AIDS orphans. The project will bring more meat to 100 families and provide living expenses for 80 orphans.  

Maranatha Community Group
This community group founded in 2004 in Kigoma has 20 members who help orphans, disabled children and street children due to HIV/AIDS deaths among parents.  They provide day care, nursery and primary school education.  The FOT grant was for roofing materials to complete a primary school.

Second Chance Education Center, Moshi
Our partner, the Britain Tanzania Society, provided FOT with this Kilimanjaro Region project in Msranga, to help complete a school building for 57 students.  The school offers impoverished students who have had to drop out of school the opportunity to complete their education. 

St. Bakhita School of Nursing and Namanyere Hospital
A Member of FOT contributed further funding to FOT’s 2006 project in Sumbawanga,
Rukwe Region through our Giving Back Program. The nursing school has 125 students and a hospital of 150 beds without consistent clean water.  A 60 ft deep submersible electric pump, now provides adequate and safe water.   

Jacaranda School, Mwanza
Funding was provided by a member of FOT toward the cost of a well to serve 170 students at a private school in Mwanza.   This new school teaches classes in English in order to meet the demand for English educated students.  When the school is fully operational in all classes it will serve 540 students.  

Geita Secondary School Scholarship Program
A member of FOT has provided for 30 scholarships to ensure secondary school education for girls to attend Geita area secondary schools in Mwanza Region.  Now in its fourth year, this member is truly giving back to an area she taught in years ago in the Peace Corps.  If girls are to succeed, this type of help is vitally needed.

Lutengano Secondary School Scholarship Program
Another FOT member is providing help to 10 girls through scholarships at Lutengano Secondary School Tukuyu Region also through our Giving Back Program.  The aim of this program, now in its first year, is to encourage good grades and good citizenship activities at the school and to assist girls in continuing their education. 


Shamba Kapori Village near Korogwe
With the partnership of Devon Aid Korogwe, provide a well and pump to serve 700 villagers. This project provides clean, potable water and saves time for water carriers allowing them to engage in other productive activities. Each community provides at least 10% of the cost.

Mwanza Brickmaking Project
A shed for a brickmaking project suggested by a Peace Corps Volunteer and part of the PC Partnership Program. The shed will allow year round brick making and protected storage. FOT funding purchased roofing materials, timber and nails while the local community provided additional materials, labor and training.

Kashozi Village near Bukoba
A carpentry project at the St. Maria Goreth Organization run by the Sisters of St. Teresa. Two FOT grants bought carpentry tools for orphans to receive vocational training and provided electricity to their workshop to train students to use electric tools.

CHASAWAYA, Makambako, Iringa Region
An estimated 4,400 AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children are helped by CHASAWAYA, an NGO working to assist the most marginalized by providing schooling, vocational training and life skills so they have a chance to become self-reliant. The FOT funds helped complete construction of a school and training center.

Zinduka Development, Nyamuswa village in Mara region
For building materials and equipment to build a kitchen for a recently constructed girls dormitory in a community secondary school . Our partner, Zinduka, will provide other materials and labor to this project which provides a safe place for girls to live and board enabling them to stay in school.

Gumzo la Wasichana Ukerewe, Mwanza Region
A micro-lending grant to this NGO which encourages rural young women working on HIV/AIDS prevention and economic development.

St. Bakhita School of Nursing and Namanyere Hospital, Sumbawanga, Rukwe Region
A deep bore well at this nursing school and hospital co-sponsored with Britain - Tanzania Society. Clean water has been a big problem. And now access to clean, potable and constant water source is available for 125 students and the hospital which has 150 beds and the community.

NGEDEA/EWB, Ngelenge, Ludewe, Iringa Region
Irrigation pumps were provided to complete the construction of a health dispensary being built with the technical assistance of the San Francisco chapter of Engineers Without Borders. These funds will be used to buy foot pumps, training manuals and to pay part of the cost for the technical director to visit the village.


MAWAU, Ukerewe District, Lake Victoria, Mwanza Region:
Funds given in collaboration with the African Women's Association, (AWA), to set up a micro-finance program for young women on the islands. These programs provide small, but sufficient funding for many women to begin a business and repay their loans.

Mkombozi Vocational School, Moshi:
Funds to provide assistance in building a meeting room at a technical vocation school, a room used for education and community purposes.

The Mango Tree, Kyela, Mbeya Region:
Partner funding to buy bicycles for use by volunteers working in a program supporting over 4000 orphans and needy children in homes over a large area.

Majengo medical dispensary near Korogwe:
Funding (with an equal amount donated by the British Tanzania Society) for a rain water harvesting and storage system at the dispensary. These funds were generated by the Tanganyika I & II RPCVs reunion group and also a matching grant.

YWCA, Iringa:
Funds to set up a micro-finance program for young women who wish to establish small sustainable businesses and repay their loans.

Association of Retired Teachers (ART),Njombe:
Funding for school repairs of a primary school in which retired teachers oversee the work on their project.

Zinduka Development, Nyamuswa village in Mara Region:
Partner funding for the second stage of project development. The purchase of a copier provides not only to a needed service to the community but also a source of raising further funds for its many educational and community projects. Our - partner, - Zinduka, is a local NGO founded to help raise educational standards and economic development in Nyamuswa Village.

Jitume Mkoka, Dodoma Region:
Second year of collaboration with our partner to buy ten dairy cows. Each of ten families in Mkoka, an area north of Mpwapwa, agreed to contribute $50 toward the cost of their cow, provide a shed and provide their first female calf to another participant family thus promoting the sustainability of their project.

Roots and Shoots, Kigoma chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute:
Funding for sports and school supplies.

Rugambwa Girls Secondary School, Bukoba:
Funding for textbooks which were needed in sufficient supply to promote good educational growth rather than being shared with 10 other students.

Ngelenge Development Association, Ludewa District, Iringa:
Working in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), San Francisco Chapter, funding was provided to complete construction of a Health Dispensary for which EWB provided technical assistance and materials. Our funding encouraged training of development professionals in both Tanzania and the US as well as providing a new dispensary.

Dongobesh Division Development Association, Tumati Village, Mbulu District Manyara Region:
Funding to DODDEA for bedding in a girl's dormitory to insure a safe and secure education and living environment for secondary school girl borders. Girls will stay in school longer with adequate facilities.


Jitume Foundation, Mkoka, Dodoma Region:
Funds for the purchase of a dairy cow for each of ten families in Mkoka, an area north of Mpwapwa, each of whom agreed to contribute $50 toward the cost of their cow, provide a shed and provide their first female calf to another participant family.

Zinduka Development, Nyamuswa Village, Bunda District, Mara Region:
a) Funds to provide a roof on a new classroom at Marambeka Primary School. b) Funds to pay for to put walls on a girls' dormitory at the local community secondary school, needed to provide a safe place for girls to board. Our -partner,- Zinduka, is a local NGO founded to help raise educational standards and economic development in Nyamuswa Village.

Chinyemi Women Group, Morogoro:
Funds for help in purchasing roofing sheets, lumber, cement and paint to construct a classroom for the instruction of school leavers in sewing. Chinyemi group is a community based organization of 20 women, was to contribute labor and pay for the transportation of materials

CESD, Kasisa, Sengerema District, Mwanza Region:
Funds for help in constructing a well to serve Kasisa Primary School and the surrounding village. CESD is a Tanzanian ngo which was founded by two Tanzanian professors at Florida A&M. CESD built the school and has completed other community projects. FOT member Liz Platt recommended this group.

Gender Resource Center, Dar es Salaam:
Funds to help ship library materials to the Gender Resource Center in Dar. The Gender Resource Center works with the International Center for Research on Women in the US. The materials relate to Women and Aids, Adolescent Health and Women's Advocacy.

Kagera Regional Hospital, Bukoba, Kagera Region:
Funds to pay half the cost of a linear array probe to extend the usefulness of the hospital's ultra sound scanner and for use in pediatric imaging and in the examination of superficial structures and small areas.

Pelu Group, Njombe:
Funds to buy 800 chicks for a poultry project. The Pelu group includes 11 women in a village near Njombe.. The group will build the coops and feeding troughs at their expense.

Chuno Primary School, Mtwara:
Funds to buy desks, chairs, cupboards and tables for two new classrooms. Chuno school is supported by a community ngo, Mtwara/Mikindani One World Link (MOWL)

Community Center and Market, Tengeru Village, Arusha:
Funds for educational equipment and materials for teaching village women at a new market and community center. The materials will be used to teach about sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS/HIV prevention, horticulture, basic math and similar topics useful to women vendors in the market.

The Mango Tree, Kyela, Mbeya Region:
Funds to buy ten water pumps for five villages. The Mango Tree (TMT) program provides support for over 4000 AIDS orphans so they can continue to live with extended family members. TMT is modeled on the Malawi Children's Village

FINCA Branches in Tabora and Dodoma:
Funds for a grant of $500 to each branch for new women borrowers in village banking micro-enterprise programs. FINCA runs these programs and has a well established, worldwide micro-finance program.

Kabale Secondary School, Bukoba, Kagera:
Funds to bring electricity to a newly constructed chemistry lab; b) Funds to complete a girls bathroom/changing room , important to keeping girls in school.

Ashira Secondary School, Moshi:
Funds for building materials to restore an existing school structure into a computer lab and internet center.


Kikundi cha Mwasele -A-: Shinyanga Town
Funds to buy oxen, a cart and a plow for an agricultural development group of six people. They have 10 acres they will plow - and they will rent the use of the plow to others. They are associated with a regional development group called Rural Initiative for Development in Tanzania (RIDE).

Tuinuane Group: Kesekibaha, Lembeni, Kilamanjaro
Funds to a village women's group to build a chicken house and buy some chicks. These women have previously banded together to develop a play field for children in their village and they are taking lessons on business management with a regional training group. Kilamanjaro Technical and Commercial Training Centre: Moshi, Kilamanjaro
Funds for building materials needed for construction of classrooms to augment the auto repair training workshop at this Techical and Commercial Training Centre.

Vision for the Needy: Dar es Salaam
Funds to purchase treadle and overlock sewing machines that will be used to develop a tailoring and dress designing project with disabled women. Vision for the Needy provides social services to disabled people country wide in Tanzania.

Umoja wa Maendeleo Mwambao: Makonde, Ludewa, Iringa
Funds to repaint and buy supplies for the Makonde dispensary. The dispensary services 9 villages with a population of 25,000.

Zinduka Development Initiative Fund: Bunda, Mara, Musoma
Funds to purchase building supplies to help build one new classroom for Busore Primary School. The classroom will accommodate 45 children. Zinduka is a Tanzanian development group that has worked with Project Zawadi, Inc. for about 18 months.

Dogodogo Centre for Street Children: Dar es Salaam
Funds to build a basketball court available to approximately 150 boys who attend a drop in center in Dar es Salaam. Tanzanian educators have begun to emphasize sports for building confidence and knowledge of teamwork. This project was supported by a Peace Corps volunteer.

SHDEPHA: Shinyanga town
Funds to buy sewing machines for an HIV/AIDS support group.-SHDEPHA- means Health Development for People Living with HIV/AIDS and members are HIV positive or living with AIDS. Membership remains open for others who are diagnosed to join and use of sewing machines by those who are healthy enough will give them a source of income and support.

Yellow Flower Group: Mpanda, Rukwa
Funds to buy sewing machines for a group of women who started working together in 1998 and have done some sewing business with two machines. Additional machines will allow them to teach young women the trade. They have worked with Caritas for guidance in business development in this remote region of west central Tanzania.

Kilamanjaro Technical and Commercial Training Centre: Moshi, Kilamanjaro
Funds for building materials needed for construction of classrooms to augment the auto repair training workshop at this Techical and Commercial Training Centre.

Mshikamano Tinde: Shinyanga town, Shinyanga
Funds to purchase 10 pigs and expand an existing hog pen to accommodate them. The group of six women has been keeping hogs since 1999 and wants to expand their work.

Becam Children School: Morogoro town
Funds for roofing materials to complete four classrooms of a primary school that started in 1999. The school serves about 100 children including a number of AIDS orphans.

Ilakoze Group: Musoma, Mara
Funds for purchase of treadle and electric sewing machines. This small group of 5 women has been sewing as an income producing project. Additional machines will help them increase their production and teach young girls who want to learn an income producing skill.

BEDA (Basic Education Development Association): Kihonda, Morogoro
Funds to purchase a heifer and dairy supplies for a small scale dairy project that will benefit the BEDA day care and nursery school. The school has about 50 students and they ill receive milk as part of their school meal.

Kipala One Theatre: Mkuranga, Pwani
Funds to plant seedlings of shade and fruit trees and prepare environmental education brochures. Their work will combine developing a tree nursery and education in surrounding villages about preserving forest and water resources.

Savana Disabled Group: Shinyanga town, Shinyanga
Funds for purchase of carpentry tools (hammers, drills, clamps, planes) for a furniture building group that includes about 2/3 disabled members.

Chapa Kazi Group: Manyara, Arusha
Funds to purchase a brick-making machine for bricks that combine dirt and cement. These bricks provide strong building materials and an environmental benefit because they do not need to be fired in a kiln like clay bricks thus saving a great deal of firewood.

Lupanga Youth Society (LUYOSO), Ludewa, Iringa
Funds to purchase piglets for a hog raising project to benefit a group of young people in the district. LUYOSO is involved with a variety of development projects including health, AIDS education, carpentry and sewing.

USHIVIMWA (Ushirikiano wa Vijana Mwandege), Mwandege, Pwani
Funds for a water pump and irrigation piping to increase the yield of their vegetable cultivation project. With increased production, they hope to obtain the contracts to provide vegetables to three secondary schools in their area.


Nannyambe Disability Group: Ndanda, Mtwara
Funds to buy cement, roofing sheets and a welding machine for a workshop for fabricating assisted walking aids for disabled people. The workshop is associated with a local hospital. The assisted aids are sold to patients at a reasonable price and the proceeds are used to purchase further materials. This group has been working together since 1997.

Kikundi cha Kina Mama: Wete, Pemba Island
Funds towards the purchase of several sewing machines to be used in a sewing project that teaches sewing to women. The clothes produced by this project are sold to some 400 women and children in the area. The group has been operating since 1998.

Kaduma Vijana Kampuni: Njombe, Iringa
Funds for the purchase of hand tools (plane, spoke shave, saws) for a carpentry project. Started in 1996, the group builds doors, desks, tables, windows, office chairs and coffins for schools and homes.

Imani Group: Masasi, Mtwara
Funds to buy cement, lumber, roofing sheets and nails to build a cow shed for a dairy project. The group is composed of women who began the project in 1998. The project produces milk for members' families and for sale locally.

Upendo Ushonaji: Musoma, Mara
Funds to buy several sewing machines (both pedal and electric-powered) for a sewing cooperative. Started in 2000, the cooperative trains primary school leavers in sewing and embroidery. School uniforms and other items are produced and sold by the cooperative.

TRETA (Trans Regional Environment Technology Association): Moshi, Kilimanjaro
Funds to acquire hand tools (water can, wheelbarrow, rake, spade, jembe) and polythene tubing for a tree nursery project operated by young people. The association sells tree seedlings and flowers within Moshi Municipality.

Chandula Special Unit: Songea, Ruvuma
Funds for the purchase of sewing machines, tailoring equipment and cookery tools for a group, which provides vocational training for mentally, handicapped young people in tailoring and cookery. Established in 1990, the Special Unit will benefit 20 youths and 30 parents/guardians to become self-employed.

Maendeleo Kinamama Fashion: Moshi, Kilimanjaro
Funds towards the purchase of several sewing machines for a sewing project which trains young, unemployed, school-leaver girls. The project started in 1998. The project produces and sells children and adults clothing, school uniforms and wedding clothing.

Muungano-Mwigobero Group: Musoma, Mara
Funds for a brick-making machine for a community-based credit group. Organized in 1999, the group is mostly women and it undertakes self-help business activities to improve members' and community welfare.

Solidarity for Relief and Development (SRDG): Iringa
Funds to purchase breeding stock and a spray pump for a piggery and poultry project in Iringa Municipality. Established in 2001, the group seeks to provide employment and income to its members.

Upendo Centre: Mtibwa, Morogoro
Funds to buy cement, lumber and roofing sheets for a pig shed to begin hog raising to benefit mentally retarded children at the center. Started in 2001, the Upendo Centre has the objective of creating an environment of certain basics needs and amenities to assist the poor, the sick and the handicapped.

Ikuna Primary School: Njombe, Iringa
Funds for bookshelves and desks for a primary school renovation project The project began in 2001. These funds will assist in setting up an area where students will be able to obtain and read library books.

Kivulini Credit Shop, Moshi, Kilamanjaro
Funds for a revolving loan fund that allows group members to start income generating projects. This group of five members has contributed a small amount each month since 1999 to develop a fund for loaning to members. So far projects have included poultry and milk production.

Kiwachai, Mufindi, Iringa
Funds for seedlings and necessary tools to expand the work of a tea growing cooperative to include eight new members. The current ten members have worked together to develop tea fields since 1994 putting 34 acres production. This group learned about FOT from a current PCV. (Funds for this project were donated in memory of PCV Mark Raymaker.)

Environmental and Agricultural Promotion and Services: Karagwe, Kagera.
Funds to help develop a tree nursery. The group will buy seeds and protective tubing as well as soils and fertilizer to establish the seedlings. Seedlings will be distributed to public groups and households in seven villages.

Murigha Girls Secondary School, Msange, Singida
Funds to purchase a tank for maize storage. Founded in 1993, this girls' boarding school has graduated six classes. In the past few years, their maize harvest has been infested with rats and the storage tank will protect this essential food supply for 155 students currently enrolled. (Funds for this project were donated in memory of PCV Mary Fancourt.)

WAMATA, Dar es Salaam
Funds to purchase six bicycles for home care volunteers. WAMATA is a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1989, the group has branches all over the country including the Dar es Salaam branch with 80 active volunteers. (Funds for this project were donated in memory of PCV Cathie Bloom Vawter.)

TEARA, Njombe, Iringa
Funds to start a hog raising project. This group of six women have worked together since 1999 in a tomato cultivation project using the produce for home use and sale in local and Dar es Salaam markets. They will expand their work with this hog raising project. The group has received business training from Caritas World Service.

Occupational Therapy Department of Muhimbili Hospital, Dar es Salaam
Funds for support of a computer room training project for patients and staff at Muhimbili. The Occupational Therapy Department provides assistance to adults with mental health problems in the Psychiatric Unit and has established small income generating projects to help them provide for their needs. (Funds for this project were donated in honor of Paul and Prentice Sacks. Paul is a former Peace Corps Director.)

Mlalo Women Group, Lushoto, Tanga
Funds to purchase chicks of layer breeds. Since 2000, this group of 10 women has banded together to purchase a few contemporary laying hens. They want to expand the project and sell eggs in the surrounding community. As the profit from their work increases, they hope to develop a small revolving loan fund to give loans to group members. This group learned about FOT from a former PCV.

The Grail, Mororgoro Town, Morogoro
Funds to build a chicken shed and develop a chicken project. This group of 15 women have already accumulated some building supplies for their poultry project and will use all proceeds to support children who are in school. An FOT member informed to friends in Tanzania about FOT and they developed this project.

Nchuchuma Carving Group, Dar es Salaam
Funds to purchase wood working tools. This group was established in 1999 and has produced woodcarvings for sale in the tourist market. They sell products from markets in Dar and Chalinze. The new tools will enable them to improve their products and involve additional youth in the carving work.

Mfaranyaki Integrated School, Songea, Ruvuma
Funds to put fields in maize cultivation at a school for pupils with intellectual impairment. They started the school in 1988 with 7 students and have grown over time to serve 47 students in 2002. Proceeds from the maize cultivation will help provide for services at the school and needs of students.

Wamama Wajane Kibena, Kibena, Iringa
Funds to purchase forest land and some tools for a lumbering project. This group consists of seven women, all widows, who began working together in 2000 to work as brick makers and lumberers. They have made made nearly 100,000 bricks and split 500 boards, all for sale with proceeds providing for family needs.

Tanzania Placement and Career Coordination, Nyamongo, Mara
Funds to help a pilot project of vegetables grown with improved seeds and simple irrigation scheme. Use of the irrigation pump, operated by pedaling will help increase the per acre yield of vegetables and crops in the area. Outreach will be made to about 470 households in the area.

Kuhama Group, Musoma, Mara
Funds to purchase a deep freezer for a fishing project. This group has twenty members, all women who are involved in fishing and selling their catch. The freezer will keep fish fresh for sale in markets as far away from them as Arusha. As their ability to preserve their catch increases they will increase their group membership. A Tanzanian FOT member living in the US informed this group about FOT.

Muganga Youth Club, Muganga, Mara
Funds for a youth group that wants to build a small local type boat for fishing. The Youth Club has more than 50 members who have participated in sports and social activities since 2000. With a boat they will begin a money-making project that will help them support their activities and develop more enterprise. The club members themselves will build the boat.

Barjomot Primary School, Hanang, Arusha
Funds to build desks for students in this primary school of 935 students. FOT has undertaken this project together with Global Education Partnership, a US based not-for-profit, working in Tanzania since 1999. Community members and parents from the school have raised half the funds to build 61 desks needed and this grant will supply the rest. (Funds for this project were donated in memory of PCV Steve Sterk.)


Mbweera Each One Teach One Nursery School: Hai,Kilimanjaro
Funds for furniture and roofing of a nursery. In existence since 1996 this group focusses on the education of rural women and young people. They have published six educational pamphlets (on childcare, AIDS, gardening) and begun construction of a kindergarten. Our funds will help finish the kindergarten

Gwijumilege & Brothers Irrigation Project: Morogoro
Funds to install a water irrigation system for vegetable gardens. The group began in 1997 and has increased its membership from three to six. One of their members has attended a course in horticulture and landscaping.

Tumaini Group Poultry Project : Morogoro
Funds to build a chicken shed and buy chicks. The group consists of 10 women who began in 1999 to develop an income source for themselves and their families. They are particularly concerned with meeting school expenses for their children.

Tumaini Tunayo Fishing Co-op : Mkoani, Pemba, Zanzibar
Funds to buy a generator for their fishing project. This group of 10 members have been fishing together since 1990. The generator is for operating freezers and enable them to preserve their catch longer.

Jitegemee Bustani Irrigation Project : Shirati, Tarime, Mara
Funds for spinklers, water pipes and wheelbarrows. The group began with 13 people in 1997 and purchased a 5 horsepower water pump, and made bricks to build a reservoir.

Amani Centre : Morogoro
Funds for goats, chicks and roofing materials for anima l sheds. Amani Centre is a school for vocational training for children and young people with mental disabilities.

Mgwenya Jitegemee Group, Wells for Clean Water :Newala, Mtawara
Funds for a pump and other building materials to construct a well in Chihangu village. This group of 15 members has worked together since 1996 and has succeeded to build one well already.

Tanzania Teachers Union Nursery School : Songea, Ruvuma
Funds for building materials to complete a nursery school in Songea town. This group of 12 teachers at Songea Teachers College have come together to promote a nursery school in the community.

Hiluka Group :Ludewa, Iringa
Funds to help buy seed and plow 5 acres for maize cultivation. This group of five people has worked together since 1994 with a hog raising project. They now plan to use modern seed to increase maize yield in their fields and provide seed to others in their village.

Strengthening Older People Fishing Project : Ununio Dar-es-Salaam
Funds to buy fishing nets for a group of more than 50 fishermen in the village of Ununio. This group has been working together since 1994 and has been able to purchase 2 local fishing boats. The nets will help them increase their production.

Iringa Development of Disabled Youth and Children : Iringa Town
Funds to purchase batik making supplies. This group has been working in the last year with street children and will train them to produce batik products for sale. Money realized will be used to help meet basic needs of the children.

Manda Village Rainwater Cisterns: Manda, Iringa
Funds for cement and other supplies needed to build a rainwater cistern. The villagers in Manda have already dug a hole for the cistern and gathered stones and sand. This project is affiliated with Rural Community Advancement Association (RUCA) in Njombe.

Kumekucha Women Group: Mwanbani, Tanga
Funds for monolines used to cultivate seaweed. Kumekucha Women Group consists of 5 women involved in the growing of seaweed for export. They have been working together since 1999 and use proceeds of their work for family and community needs.

Binamungu Farmers: Kijunja, Kijunja, Kagera
Funds to buy a dairy cow. The six members of Binamungu Farmers have been cooperating since 1997 in developing fruit and vegetable production, coffee and banana plantations and hog raising. They have been associated with KAGDE, a development organization in Bukoba area.

Abebwae Fishing Co-operative: Fundo Island, Pemba
Funds for an ice box for preserving fish. The Abebwae cooperative of 10 people was established in 1993 and sells fish daily to about 30 buyers in the village.

Victory Women in Development Association: Dar es Salaam
Funds for filming of an HIV/AIDS educational video. This group has been working on HIV/AIDS education since 1997 and have provided counseling in six villages in their area.

Women Economic and Environmental Protection (WEEP): Dar es Salaam
Funds to support a revolving credit fund. The group began in 1999 and have given loans to women's group for their economic projects. As loans are repaid, other loans are given.

Yeresco Welding: Musoma
Funds to buy an electric grinder for their welding business. This group has been working together since 1997 making and repairing metal products for local use. They also have taken some young men as students. The grinder will make it possible for them to make hoes, machetes and knives.


African Inland Church, Nursery School: Shinyanga
Funds for an ongoing project to instal electricity in a Nursery School building. The school enrols 45 children and provides employment to three teachers.

Kongei Secondary School Library Expansion:Lushoto, Tanga
Funds for bookshelves needed to expand the school library.

Juhudi Women's Group: Lemirakati, Kilimanjaro
Funds to expand the group's cow and chicken raising project, started in August 1999. The group has already built cow and chicken sheds.

Qoheleth Foundation Brick-making:Kahe, Kilimanjaro
Funds for a brick-making project, aimed at providing villagers with low cost, affordable and quality building materials.

Friendship Sewing Group: Musoma
Funds for a women's sewing group intending to purchase two additional sewing machines. The additional machines will also be used in a sewing training program for youths.

Juhudi Group Tree Planting: Musoma
Funds for an environmental conservation group, proposing a tree nursery project. The group has started a nursery of different tree species for sale.

Madrasat Nur al Atifal Nursery School: Wete, Pemba
Funds for a nursery school project started in 1997 in Wete, Pemba. The community has already built two classroom and an office.

Pondeani Water Supply: Chake Chake, Pemba
Funds for a water supply project. The money will be used for the installation of supply lines from the main pipeline already installed.

Women&Development Brick-making: Nansio, Mwanza
Funds for a brick-making project, headed by five women. The group's theme is to allow the building of "decent homes by using bricks (and) to eradicate the muddy houses".

Chake Chake Tree Nursery: Chake Chake, Pemba
Funds for a tree nursery project started in 1998. The project's expansion will also offer employment opportunities.


MWOC Mzumbe Women's Worker Group:Mzumbe, Morogoro
(Identified by PC Volunteer K. Schaefer) Funds to increase the capital of a credit union. MWOC, in existence for 2 years, has 17 members, all teachers at Mzumbe Secondary School who have secondary businesses to support themselves. FOT funds will allow MWOC to loan larger amounts of money for longer periods of time.

Revolving Credit Fund : Kamanga Village, Mwanza
Funds to increase membership in a self-sustaining revolving credit fund. The fund was started in 1996 with 12 women and has now grown to 52 members! Members borrow money for various activities, including selling tomatoes and making and selling local beer. According to the proposal, "the fund has unleashed a strong spirit of entrepreneurship... and has opened new economic possibilities for women".

Pondeani Village Water Project and Development Committee: Pemba
Funds for mini-latrines for Pondeani Primary School. The school, which began construction in 1993, now has 4 classrooms and 200 students in Standards I - III.

Kupala Electrical Works and Supplies:Morogoro
Funds for a portable generator and tools for a group of 5 women who started an "ufundi" business in 1991. The women wanted to show everyone that "mwanamke anaweza kufanya kazi zote" (a woman can do all work). Their activities include electrical installation and maintenance and sign-painting.

Jitegemee Group (Poultry Management): Musoma
Funds to purchase chicks and feeders for a group of 3 women who started a poultry project in 1996. They plan to sell eggs in the community.

Shining Star Disabled Group:Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam
Funds to expand a fruit and vegetable garden from 1 to 5 hectares. The group, with 10 disabled members, was established five years ago with the goal of economic self-sufficiency.

Upendo Ushonaji:Musoma
Funds for a sewing machine and supplies for a group of 5 women who started their own sewing business in June 1997. The women spent six months learning to sew, and have been expanding their business aggressively ever since.

St Helenna's Kindergarten School: Luagala Village, Masasi
Funds for corrugated iron sheets to roof a kindergarten for St. Helenna's Organization. The organization of 20 members built the school to provide education for their children and to allow the women to be more involved in St. Helenna's economic activities - brickmaking, harvesting fish ponds, and raising pigs.

Nkuhungu Mamas Environmental & Recreational Group: Dodoma
Funds for creating a recreatonal area, including soccer, basketball, and netball grounds. The women have already planted trees around the area and plan to sustain the project through sales of soft drinks and bitings.


Tabata School Project: Dar-es-Salaam
The Ark Foundation of Africa (AFA) is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children of East Africa. AFA targeted Tabata Secondary School to improve the condition of classrooms and latrines in order to provide a healthier environment in which students can attend school. FOT funds, matched by AFA, provided much needed cement to re-floor the classrooms and latrines of this school, located just outside of Dar-es-Salam.

Nanyamba Shool Library Project: Mtwara
This secondary school, located in Mtwara Region, recently constructed a library for use by their 320 students, as well as the surrounding community. FOT funds will be used to paint the building and provide benches, tables, and shelves. Peace Corps Volunteer Alexander Barnes, currently serving as a teacher at the school identified this project.

Mafinga Library Project: Mafinga, Iringa
Assisted by Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Carlson, currently serving as a Math and Physics teacher, Mdabulo Secondary School (located near Iringa) has obtained donations of 300 lbs. Of books and 2 computers to start much needed reference library. FOT funds paid for shipment of the donated computers and were used to purchase materials for shelves for the library and a power converter.

Rugambwa Nursery School Project: Bukoba
Funding for school furniture toys and supplies. RNP is located at Rugambwa Secondary School and is sponsored by Kagera Group for Development (KAGDE). The project provides preparatory school education for 56 children between 2-6 years old, including 27 AIDS orphans.

WIFI Mabibo Tailoring Mart: Dar-es-Salaam
(Identified through FOT member Judy Gray). Funds to go towards sewing machines, an electric iron, and basic sewing supplies. WIFI (Women's Initiative for Family Improvement) has 30 members. This is their third major project in an effort to provide income generation and self-reliance to local women. They also participate in the 22nd Annual International Trade Fair in DSM.

Muungano Secondary school: Moshi
Funding for material for the foundation of a secondary school that will benefit six villages. The school's organizers have already purchased 20 acres of land, obtained permits, and received support from the local government via laws that require households to contribute money towards the building of the school.

Panda Miti Okoa Mazingira: Musoma
Funds for a reforestation project. Funds will buy seeds, fertilizer, equipment, and supplies. The group is also involved in educating the public in reforestation, soil conservation and alternate forms of fuel such as biogas.

Kamanga Credit Revolving Fund:Kamanga, Mwanza
(Identified by FOT member Elvira Williams).


Tumaini Tailoring Marts: Morogoro
Started in 1994 by four women, FOT funded the purchase of two sewing machines, store furniture and raw materials to increase the product capacity of this organization, which formely wove only by hand. Thei future goal is to open sewing and weaving training school.

Akina Mama Wafugaji: Ibosa, Bukoba
Affiliated with Kagera Community Development Trust (KADET), this group of five women has been working together on a pig-raising project since May1996. Funds will be used to reconstruct the pigsty and purchase veterinarian drugs to improve the health of the animals and increase their worth for sale.

Bukoba Environmental Rehabilitation Women Pioneers: Bukoba
Also affiliated with KADET, this group of 22 women has been working to establish parks and flower gardens in their area for two years and want to further improve the environmental situation by promoting tree planting through their nursery. The group has acquired and prepared a plot of land for the nursery and will use FOT funds to purchase tools and equipment as well as start up seedlings.

Marito Nursery Center: Morogoro
This nursery school was established in January 1996 with the aim of improving the readiness of the local pre-schoolers to enter primary school. Due to an increase in the number of interested students, FOT has provided funds to purchase adequate classroom furniture and learning materials. The school's goal is to increase enrollment to 40 students.

Nsitoni Women's Group: Morogoro
In an effort to provide additional income and improve the health of their families, as well as the local community, two women have begun a cow-milking project. Funds from FOT will be used to purchase an additional cow as well as medicine and basic supplies.

Ukukwe Technological Training Institute: Kilosa
Begun in September 1993, this institute trains youth in technical skills in an effort to combat unemployment. With FOT's support, an additional classroom will be added to their Institute.

Trickle Up Project: Musoma/Arusha
Contributions provide seed money for small family businesses.

Ntugamo Formation House: Kagera
For years, parish priest has provided up to 20 orphans with basic needs. FOT funds will now be used to assist the children in developing a farm, in efforts to better improve their health and generate income.


Ndaga Mentally Retarded Center: Tukuyu
Materials to erect an office for a school for retarded children started by Mwalimu Christina Mwakitwange and six other women.

Buhororo Orphans Trust Fund: Kagera
Self-help project to raise chickens to provide support and food for AIDS orphans. Another of Rev. Rugemalira's projects.

AHEAD: Shinyanga/Maswa
Further assistance to this Tanzanian NGO to set up a revolving credit fund for women engaged in micro-businesses.


Boresha Mazingira: Arusha
Group of three women who grow and sell tree seedlings to "Make Arusha Green Again"; The group has grown 400 tree seedlings and sold them to sustain their own development.

Kitulizo Women's Group: Usa River
Seedlings, watering equipment, seed bags, and wheelbarrows to five women who buy and sell tree seedlings.

Juhudi Matumaini: Arusha
Heifer, shed renovation, and medicine to three single mothers engaged in sewing and cooking projects.

Umoja Group: Usa River
Sewing machine for a women's group engaged in sewing school uniforms.

Reverend Rugemalira Orphans' Assistance: Kagera
Assistance to 20 orphans in need of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, and shelter provided by a parish priest.

Lilian Ngowi Chicken Project: Arusha
Assistance to buy 400 boilers (chickens) for five women who started project with 100 chickens in 1990 and have expanded on their own.

Kombo Flour Milling: Dar es Salaam
Packaging materials for a group of five women who have bought a grain mill.

Lusako Vocational Center: Dar es Salaam
Additional sewing machine for a class. Started in 1992 by Ms. Agatha Muhoka to help school leavers improve economic opportunities.

Ms. Verdy Maswa: Dar es Salaam
Modern compound for broilers (chickens) to three women who raise chickens to sell to a local "hoteli"

St. Monica's Nursery School: Zanzibar
Materials for play activities for children ages 4-7. The school was opened in 1987 at the Anglican Cathedral and now has 150 students.

Children for Children: Arusha
Tanzanian NGO started by local citizens to assist street children. Rents a house and provides basic necessities and help with schooling for 26 children.


West Victoria Develoment and Health Association (WEVIDHA)
Carpentry and agricultural tools to teach basic skills to street children.

Mahenge Agricultural Group: Mahenge
Tractor hire services and agricultural inputs for cultivation of six acres of food crops for consumption and sale to meet school and clothing needs.

Mlezi Dairy Cattle Project: Dodoma
Two cows and veterinary medicine, feed and improved cattle shed.

Huduma Women's Association: Arusha
Expansion of day care center for grassroots women's organization.

Ngome Street Children: Iringa
Community sponsored program to care for and educate street children.


Ulasa Women's Milling Project: Urampo, Tabora
Construction of a milling machine shelter.

Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development (AHEAD): Shinyanga
Medical equipment and food preparation utensils to improve children's nutrition. The goal of AHEAD, a Tanzanian NGO, is to sustain motherhood and child survival through development.


Basic necessities to 12 orphans and 48 AIDS patients in a home-care based organization.

Trickle Up: Musoma
Seed money for small business planning.

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