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This Girl Can – Empowering girls in rural Tanzania. She walks tall. Only a teenager, she is dressed in her …

An Update from our representative Alpha Ngailla. In making our chicken project more productive and meet our projections of helping …

We are very proud – and excited! – to announce that we have a new shop on our website! Here, …

Agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy in Tanzania and many of the groups we work with, including many …

We know the vast inequalities that come with a lack of access to water. The obvious one that springs to …

Access to water is a fundamental human right, and one the world has learnt the true importance of over the …

This month we have started a monthly newsletter that features various updates from the trust – the latest progress from …

Five years ago, Crowd2Map led an entirely volunteer-driven campaign to map uncharted villages in rural Tanzania. Teams have trained a …

Read Full Report In 2019-2020, Tanzania Development Trust funded 31 core projects amounting to just under £97,000 and additional COVID-19 …

In 1975, close advisors of the first Tanzanian president envisioned global engagement that would increase mutual understanding and cooperation between …

Video update of the project enterprise at Ikondo Secondary School.

Christmas Cards and Notelets are available to order.  Card sales last year helped to fund Covid-19 resources, solar power for schools and clinics, women’s income generating projects, rope pumps, low cost bore holes and support for Hope for Girls and Women, Tanzania. Let's help even more people's lives in 2021.

The Annual Review for 2019-2020 is now available, summarising the work funded across 31 core projects and Covid-19 emergency projects supported by TDT. 

This joint development project between TDT/EU Can Aid, Marumba village and African Palms, near the Mozambique border in Mtwara region, has already so far delivered 2 new classrooms with solar panels, a borehole, dispensary support with solar power and fridge, tree planting and bee keeping projects.

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.

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'.

Please note the statement from the TDT Chair about current project funding and new funding applications during the current Covid-19 …

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.

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.

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.

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 Village celebrates the opening of the new Maternity Ward and is captured by ITV News, Tanzania

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.

A direct report from recipients of one TDT grant which provided a computer lab for a secondary school in Manyoni.

OpenStreetMap is a global volunteer community effort to improve maps, especially in rural areas. Read more under Our Work.

The transition to secondary school is difficult for any child, but particularly in Tanzania, when they suddenly are supposed to start learning in English. From having a few teachers speaking Swahili to many new subjects in a new language this is a big challenge. Many students struggle to understand their teachers and start to drop behind and lose interest. Therefore we were delighted to receive a grant from the Eddie Byers Fund.

This year the Britain Tanzania Society/Tanzania Development Trust would like to participate in The Big Give's Christmas Challenge, a matching funding campaign which runs from 3-10 December, in order to raise money for clean water projects in Tanzania. In order to do this, we need your pledge before 25th August! Click on Big Give Christmas Challenge above to find a pledge form.

You can now choose to read this website in Swahili.  Click on the Tanzanian flag on the top menu.  To …

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Britain-Tanzania Society will be held on Saturday, 5th October at 2.00pm at St …

TDT has opened new donation pages with Virgin Money Giving, enabling easy, low-cost donations to TDT's general funds, to support TDT campaigns for girls' hostels and water, or to contribute to the fight against FGM

Tanzania Development Trust would like to thank Ruth Harvey and Dan Wells for fundraising for TDT through their Kilimanjaro climb. Friends, family and colleagues donated an amazing £2,041.

Congratulations to TDT local reps Rhobi Samwelly and Benedicto Hosea, who this week both received significant awards recognising their work.

Congratulations to BTS members Hilary and Peter Bacon, back in Tanzania to extend their continuing personal commitment to supporting provision of computers within schools.

We encourage all our members and friends to watch, and spread the word on Defying the Cutting Season, part of BBC4's Storyville series. It will air at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 26th February.

Following BT's decision close MyDonate, TDT is researching alternatives. Meanwhile, please don't be deterred - donations can still be made on MyDonate until 30th June, and TDT is also a member of JustGiving.

Addressing the APPG in the Houses of Parliament, the Geology for Global Development Annual Conference and our own AGM, Benedicto has made quite an impression on his visit to the UK!

Rhobi Samwelly has been spreading the word globally of her fight against FGM. Most recently she was honoured in the Senate of Canada. But with a constant stream of girls needing saving and caring for, the need for funding is constant. Here's how you can help.

Star of the show at the BTS AGM will be Benedicto Hosea, TDT's local rep for Kigoma. He will talk about his work on Youth employment and poverty reduction. Jonathan Pace, Chairman, and Robert Gibson, Treasurer, will give brief presentations on TDT's year

Details of screenings of In The Name of Your Daughter on 9, 10 and 11 October at Westminster, Mirfield and Nottingham. This film will touch your heart!

Tunamkumbuka, one of four 'Ikimba Project Schools' supported by TDT, was one of the most improved schools nationally last year. TDT was pleased to fund new desks and chairs to relieve pressure of numbers resulting from this success.

What can you do for just £250? Steve and Sue Scorer, VSO volunteers in Lindi, applied for a grant from the 'TDT VSO Small Grants Scheme' and achieved a fabulous outcome.

Details of the Book of Condolences open 25th and 26th September at The Tanzanian High Commission in London following the sinking of the MV Nyerere on Lake Victoria.

Here's how YOU can help with the next major mapathon between September 28th and 30th, in New York and online globally.

In The Name of your Daughter, showcasing the work of Rhobi Samwelly at the TDT-funded Safe House in Mara, will have its UK Premiere at the Raindance Festival in London on Thursday 4th October and Friday 5th October.

Report from UN workshop on Gender Statistics in Kigali, Rwanda, attended by Neema Meremo Samuel from Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania.

Thank you to Ruth Harvey and Dan Wells, who will combine their Kili climb later this year with fund raising on behalf of local communities in Tanzania. Ruth tells us that TDT is a "great match with what we are trying to achieve".

TDT would like to thank the family of the late Sheila Lovell, a great supporter of the Trust's anti-FGM work, for setting up a fund raising page in her memory.

How nearly £3000 raised at the Campaign for Real Gin's annual party in the gardens of Middle Temple, London, will help provide concrete water supply points for three villages in Kishanda, northwest Tanzania.

BTS members Hilary and Peter Bacon are visiting Tanzania as part of their continuing personal commitment to supporting provision of computers within Tanzanian schools.

Lack of access to clean water in many villages in rural Tanzania causes health, economic and educational problems. TDT funds locally made pumps and boreholes to solve this, in partnership with local communities.

Julian Marcus, Tanzania Development Trustee and former Chairman, reports on the outstanding reception for the international première of In The Name of Your Daughter at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

Do you still have any old tenners and wonder what to do with them? TDT would be delighted to take them on and 'recycle' them into projects within Tanzania.

Congratulations to TDT's local representative for Kigoma Rural, Benedicto Hosea. He will represent Kigoma Region in the National Youth Forum this week in Mwanza, advising on the National Youth Strategy.

‘In the Name of Your Daughter’, a documentary film about the work of Rhobi Samwelly and the Mugumu Safe House, will have its international première at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, in March.

TDT has once again commissioned a distinctive and fun Christmas card. "The Holy Family in Zanzibar" has been created by Adam, in the Tinga-Tinga artists' cooperative in Dar-es-Salaam. Have you got yours yet?

Once again this Christmas we have launched our 'Gift of Light' appeal. For only £6, you can help transform the lives of a student and his or her family.

TDT has launched a Girls’ Rights Fund, to support work against Female Genital Mutilation, Gender Based Violence and forced early marriage. Our new dedicated MyDonate page gives a virtually costless means of donating.

Get involved in the biggest online mapathon, Help celebrate the 13th anniversary of OpenStreetMap by joining 1500 others in helping map rural Tanzania,

What can be achieved for less than £500? Read about Justice Muchati's transformation of a beekeeping community in iringa, using a TDT VSO small grant

The May 2017 edition of the newsletter of Britain Tanzania Society, available now, is an exceptionally good read. There are many articles relating to the work of TDT, including a detailed account of Project Office Kevin Curley's visit earlier in the year.

Why Janet Chapman set up the crowdsourced mapping project Crowd2Map, how it is helping in the fight to end FGM and developing maps of rural Tanzania where we work, and how you can help.

Regular TDT web writer Ashura Kayupayupa reports on attitudes towards albinos and albinism in Tanzania. And a report on a recent visit to the Special Needs section of Masasi Primary School.

The need for a dispensary at Matongo, through the eyes of 17-year-old Samuel. Our appeal has received a major boost with the promise of a significant donation from one of our regular supporting Trusts. Can you help us and the villagers complete this important project?

Are you in employment? If so, have you considered giving via your payroll? It's simple and tax-efficient. And regular giving helps us plan, in the knowledge that a steady stream of funds will be available for projects.

Don't just let your old smartphone gather dust in a drawer! It can help in a vital mapping project, and in turn to combat FGM. (With thanks to support from

Ann and Julian Marcus' safari in January and February 2017 takes in one of TDT’s recent ‘flagship’ projects – a series of investments working with charity partner Eucanaid in and around the village of Marumba – as well as revisiting one of TDT’s first-ever projects.

A report on rebuilding and repairs at Kikukwe Community and Tweyambe School, both in Missenyi District which was particularly badly hit by the Kagera earthquake last September. TDT is immensely grateful for the generosity of our donors, but the need will continue for some time, and our appeal remains open.

Visits made by Ann and Julian Marcus on their recent safari, highlighting three key areas of need, in which TDT seeks to help: health, vocational training, and hostels to enable girls to live safely whilst receiving education.

Maps of rural Tanzania are helping social workers access remote villages and rescue girls who are being forced to undergo female genital cutting. Here's a great video, and how you can help.

“Will you help build a Dispensary in my Matongo valley?” says fourteen year Ghati Marwa.

TDT is urgently seeking help and support from any interested BTS members or friends in the way of some web …

Sales of TDT cards last year helped give clinics rainwater tanks, provide sewing machines for women, build a girls’ dormitory and start a goats project. Let’s do even more in 2016.

Join the movement to end Child Marriage and FGM. A film by Giselle Portenier, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and human rights journalist.

We are very excited to announce a generous MATCHING FUNDING SCHEME, for donations via Global Giving UK, to our Kagera earthquake appeal. Global Giving UK will add 50% to all donations up to £650, until 25th October. Please help us help the rebuilding of communities.

Please support Kate Dyer, who is running the Scottish Half Marathon to raise funds for the Safe House on 18th September.

TDT has set up fundraising pages to help our friends in Tanzania to rebuild after the recent Earthquake. Many communities affected are those whom TDT has helped with grants in the past. It is our hope that we can help them to rebuild or repair the fabric of schools and other projects damaged or destroyed.

The transformational effect of electricity supplied to a girls' hostel; and news of street boys successfully returned home.

Many of the students who have benefitted from skills-training through the Kasulu Youth Development Project are already changing their lives. Here we meet just three of them.

Making the connection between maps and the fight against FGM. We want to ensure that girls in remote villages are protected. But without maps, it is very hard to ensure all villages are covered. The Openstreetmap project offers an answer...

“Well, I did it – I ran the London Marathon for the Tanzania Development Trust... If you’re thinking about doing it yourself, I say go for it! It will be worth every step."

"I feel very lucky to work with TDT, because it has allowed me to serve a huge amount of people in my country; to advise, oversee and monitor TDT funds granted in my region, and show the way towards successful project implementation."

On his second visit to the Ikimba schools, Jonathan caught up with old friends and discussed some great ideas for girls' empowerment.

For just £6 you can provide a solar light to a school student and their family in one of the …

Generous TDT supporters have helped save over 100 girls from FGM. Instead of facing a life-threatening traumatic experience and a …