Community Education Project, Tanga, Tanzania

To build on 13 years successful experience to transform a derelict teacher centre into a community hub, supporting vulnerable young mothers.

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  • English

Organization name

The Rafiki Group- Tanzania

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water

Headquarters location: Country

  • Tanzania

Headquarters location: City

Tanga teachers centre

Location(s) of impact

Tanzania; Tanga


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In June 2017, John Magufuli, Tanzania’s president, announced that no pregnant girl would be allowed to study in a state school, nor readmitted after giving birth “As long as I am president no pregnant student will be allowed to return to school,” he said, reacting to a debate in parliament. “We cannot allow this immoral behaviour to permeate our primary and secondary schools. After getting pregnant, you are done.” The president’s intervention reversed the slow but steady progress in girls’ rights made in Tanzania.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Our community hub will support the establishment and running of women’s cooperatives. These will receive vocational training and generate income to support the community. The community hub will be targeted at teenage girls. Health education will be provided, incorporating the risks of sexually transmitted diseases. An on-site nursery will be provided for young mothers. The hub will produce a number of goods, which will provide financial sustainability and also equip the girls with vocational skills. These will include textiles (using donated sowing machines) Food (using a purpose built kitchen) Storing of frozen fish (Tanga is a fishing port, and the existing teacher centre has a number of freezers) Whilst the women are working in the cooperative they will be taught English and how to effectively use drip irrigation systems to enhance gardening. Both of these schemes will draw on the successful experience we have gained in a number of schools in Tanga.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

To empower the women of Tanzania by offering valuable FREE English, business, and vocational skills training To equip women with the skills to gain more lucrative employment which in turn allows them to better support their families To help select women become entrepreneurs, who start their businesses in our Women’s Co-operative To be a grassroots, hands-on organization that has a tangible impact on people’s lives To help the future generations of Tanzanian women by giving their female children higher expectations of what they can achieve in life

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The teachers centre can be brought into use as a community hub for a relatively low price. The only building work required is for a toilet block, a kitchen and a nursery. Once up and running the hub will be financially self sustaining. Having dormitory accommodation, it will also be used by visiting staff from the UK, whose schools have links in Tanga. This business will also bring in income.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our project is innovative as it is the first to be established since the Tanzanian governments hardline stance on the prospects of young mothers was implemented. The project is based on strong practice of establishing women’s cooperatives in schools over 13 years. We can and will make a difference.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

During my first visit to Tanzania in 2006 I worked closely with a group of orphans. One of these was called Violet, she was initially shy but beamed with delight when I told her that my mothers middle name was Violet. On my last day I went to say farewell to the orphans and was surprised to find Violet was absent. After making enquiries I discovered that she had been hit by a car the evening before and had been left to die in a gutter. I was numb with shock. I was appalled to find out that young vulnerable girls were viewed with such contempt in Tanzania society in general. They were seen as ‘dirty’ and ‘sub human’ For every Violet I heard stories of other orphaned girls who had been raped or beaten for sport. I swore from that day that I would make a difference to the lives of this group. Our community hub can. It will. It must.

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Photo of Landile Xandekana

A very good initiative Stuart for the young woman of Tanzania keep up the work.
My question would be how will it be sustainable.