Founded in 2003, the Tanzanian Children’s Fund (TCF) works to eliminate poverty and improve the lives of marginalized children and families in the Karatu District of northern Tanzania.
As part of its mission, TCF provides a loving and permanent home to orphaned, vulnerable children at the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV). In addition to providing legal guardianship to the children that call RVCV home, TCF also works to promote the well-being of all children and families in our community. We provide access to high-quality education, free healthcare, and economic opportunities to our entire catchment area.
Our portfolio of community projects include:
RVCV provides a permanent and loving home for 97 orphaned and at-risk children. Nestled among rolling coffee plantations in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania, the Children’s Village acts as the heart of our in-country operations. TCF dedicated to supporting all children until they achieve fiscal independence, including through their post-secondary education.
In 2007, TCF partnered with the Tanzanian government to manage the local primary school, Gyetighi Primary, with the goal of improving educational outcomes and ensuring that local students had a solid foundation for secondary school. Based on TCF’s success at Gyetighi Primary, in 2013 the Tanzanian government requested that we take over management of Oldeani Secondary School as well. This partnership provides local students with an affordable and high-quality option for secondary school for the first time.
In our rural corner of Tanzania, access to health care is all but non-existent. With nearest hospital is more than three hours away by foot, not only is distance a barrier to care, but a visit to a doctor is often prohibitively expensive. Recognizing the acute need for affordable, high-quality medical care, TCF operates a free Rural Community Health Clinic staffed by a full-time Registered Nurse to provide care to our entire catchment area, treating over 6,000 patients each year. For patients requiring extensive medical intervention, TCF issues referrals, provides transport, and covers the cost of treatment for all children, women and the elderly.
To ensure the continued wellness of our community, in 2019 we will be launching a Public Health Program designed to further promote preventative health education as well as mental health awareness and support programs for our community. With initiatives set to address basic care, maternal and reproductive health, post-traumatic stress management and more, we aim to holistically improve the quality of life for our community.
On the coffee plantations surrounding our community, the average household income is $300 a year. Recognizing that economic empowerment is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty, in 2008 TCF created a Microfinance Program designed to give local entrepreneurs the training, support and microloans needed to operate small businesses.