Working with communities in Tanzania since 1975

Over the past 40 years Tanzania Development Trust has changed the lives of thousands of people in Tanzania’s poorest communities by helping provide clean water, agricultural support, education, solar power, healthcare, and new and improved livelihoods.
Can you help us make a difference for even more people?

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Current Appeals

Fund urgent COVID medical equipment

Why we need your help

Please help us provide doctors and other healthcare workers in Tanzania with protective equipment and basic tools to help them fight COVID19.  Click on Global Giving to donate now – thank you.

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Although current confirmed cases in Tanzania are low, due to very low testing rates this is undoubtedly a huge underestimate and unfortunately we expect the numbers to rise substantially. Tanzania has an extremely unprepared health system, with only 0.4 doctors per 10,000 population (compared to 28 for the UK), and only 1.3 ICU beds per million population.

Our much valued local reps and all the people we have funded over the last 43 years rely on small, very underfunded, overcrowded district hospitals that cannot cope with demand in normal times, let alone an influx of COVID patients. High rates of HIV and malnutrition also make people particularly vulnerable.

Therefore we are launching this urgent emergency appeal to help doctors protect themselves with PPE and give them some of the basic tools they need. We are working closely with TUHEDA the Tanzania UK Healthcare Diaspora Association, to ensure doctors also receive remote training to make the best use of all equipment they have.

Please support us today and help protect Tanzanian doctors so they can continue to treat vulnerable communities in Tanzania. Click here to donate through GlobalGiving.

Supporting the work of TDT

In addition to donating to Tanzania Development Trust’s general work, you can help in the following specific ‘campaigns’, each of which has its own dedicated fund raising page:

Girls’ Hostels

Building hostels for girls in secondary schools is an essential tool in combatting issues that prevent many girls from completing secondary education. At an individual level, this enhances girls’ life opportunities, And it is good for Tanzania as a whole, since educating girls benefits society more broadly.

DONATE to help us give more girls a safe place to live and study
Learn more about Girls’ Hostels

Bringing clean water to Kigoma

Help bring clean water to villages, transforming lives of villagers who carry water very long distances, wasting hours every day, and combatting health problems associated with often having to take water from muddy ponds shared with animals.

Tanzania Development Trust’s local rep in Kigoma, Benedicto Hosea and his team, has successfully hand drilled over 15 boreholes and constructed simple rope pumps that can easily be repaired by the villagers.  You can help extend this low-cost, effective solution to more villages:
DONATE to bring clean water to a village in Kigoma.
Learn more about this project

Join the fight against FGM

TDT has been active in the important fight against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and the wider campaign against forced early marriage and gender based violence (GBV) since 2014.

To donate:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/fgm-tanzania
More on TDT’s work in combatting FGM…

Latest News

  • Covid-19 Funding Update - Thanks to the generosity of BTS members and other friends of Tanzania we have so far sent over £12,000 to 27 different hospitals and health centres across Tanzania, to enable them to buy locally made reusable masks, gowns and aprons for their front line health workers.
  • Fund urgent COVID medical equipment - We have launched a new emergency appeal for urgent medical equipment needed by hospitals in Tanzania to deal with the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Please read the article 'Fund urgent COVID medical equipment: Why we need your help'.
  • Covid-19 Crisis - Please note the statement from the TDT Chair about current project funding and new funding applications during the current Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. If you want to apply for emergency COVID medical funding, please go to the Apply for Funds page.
  • New Funding Guidelines - We have updated our Funding Guidelines for anyone who wants to apply for funds, or to read how we assess projects for possible funding.  Details are available in How We Spend Funds page.
  • Secondary School Transition – Project Update - The transition to secondary school is difficult for any child, but particularly in Tanzania, when they suddenly need to start learning in English. This year, we are supporting schemes in 8 schools who have been teaching over 700 students for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week since the end of September, thanks to a grant from the Eddie Byers Fund matched by an anonymous donor.
  • School Projects Update - TDT funds a number of school projects throughout Tanzania, including Ikimba Schools in Kagera Region. Recent projects include resources for a science laboratory at Izimbya School and building a new girls' hostel at Tunamkumbuka Secondary School. We also support the transition to English-speaking secondary schooling through a project jointly funded with the Eddie Byers Fund and donations from Ruth and Ralph Isaacs.
  • Annual Report 2019 - We have published the TDT Annual Report for 2019 and you can download and read a copy.  Thank you for all your support!  Asanteni sana!
  • Marumba Maternity Ward - Marumba Village celebrates the opening of the new Maternity Ward and is captured by ITV News, Tanzania
  • Water Project at Kinyika Village in Manyoni District - Kinyika village has a plan of having piped water from Mkwese village, a nearby village which has a huge source of water. The project costs about Tsh.25,000,000 with Tsh. 16,000,000 funded from TDT, Tsh.8,000,000 through local contributions and Tsh. 1,000,0000 from the local District council.
  • Computer Installation Project at Manyoni Secondary School - A direct report from recipients of one TDT grant which provided a computer lab for a secondary school in Manyoni.

Read our news…

Girls’ Hostels

group of girls at hostel in tanzania

Girls’ Hostels is a priority area for TDT. Our grants to schools for hostels have a profound impact on girls’ education and wellbeing, and reduce drop-outs due to pregnancies.

Learn more, and how you can help give more girls a bright future…

Water Projects

elderly beneficiary of TDT water project

“I think this tank will add my days of living. I am able to get enough water to cook food and drink every day from the tank. Before this tank, I used to go begging for water from my neighbours – sometimes I got a regret”.
Mrs Resi, Kikanzi Hamlet Ihembe II Village.

Read how TDT brings water to communities…

Apply For Funds

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First, read our Funding Guidelines carefully.  If your project fits within these Guidelines, you can download our Application Form.

Learn More…

Agriculture, education, health and water projects

Every pound raised is spent on projects

Tanzania Development Trust is unlike most charities.

Our projects are carefully researched and clearly defined, and make a sustainable and tangible difference to some of Tanzania’s poorest communities.  Our Project Officers and local representatives often visit remote areas, off the beaten track for most charities and agencies.   We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years.

And we have no expenses:  every pound that you donate will be spent on projects.

Find out how you can get involved