Project TEMBO

Who We Are

TEMBO Canada is a federally incorporated and registered Canadian charitable organization.

Vision Statement: educating for equal opportunities in northern Tanzania.

Mission Statement: to raise awareness and funds to support our Tanzanian partners in providing educational and micro business opportunities for girls and women.

In 1998 TEMBO founders Jo Marchant and Marian Roks travelled to Kimokouwa village in northern Tanzania to visit a young girl they were sponsoring. Following return  visits in 1999 and 2003, and after meeting with community leaders, teachers and local residents in Longido and Kimokouwa, they formalized a commitment to the people in Longido and Kimokouwa by establishing the Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity (TEMBO.) In January 2005, TEMBO became a registered Canadian charity (#856825872RR0001).

In Canada, TEMBO is supported by donors coast-to-coast. Each year, TEMBO hosts an annual luncheon in Ottawa, coordinates signature fundraising events and supports individuals who raise money in their local communities on behalf of TEMBO. TEMBO keeps supporters informed through regular newsletters and social media outlets.

TEMBO is governed by a voluntary Board and all of its work is carried out by volunteers.

The current Board Members are:

  • Melissa Clark, President
  • Arlene McKechnie, Vice-President
  • Virginia Taylor, Treasurer
  • Donna Serafini, Secretary
  • Toni Connolly, Member-at-Large
  • Elizabeth Kilvert, Member-at-Large
  • Laurel King, Member-at-Large
  • Maureen Law, Member-at-Large

TEMBO Canada partners with local Tanzanian organizations that manage educational programs in support of women and girls in Longido District.

TEMBO Trust is a Registered Tanzania Trusteeship founded in 2007.longido-people

Vision Statement: to empower the women and girls in Longido District.

Mission Statement: to provide education and micro business support to women and girls in Longido District to achieve their full potential.

TEMBO Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and employs three local Maasai women to oversee education and micro business programs.  TEMBO Trust also oversees the TEMBO Guesthouse, a small business that provides accommodation in Longido village.


Learning in Longido (LiL) is a registered Tanzanian NGO that oversees the delivery of informal education programs for all ages and manages the Longido District Learning Centre.


Learning in Longido is governed by a Board of Directors and employs local staff to coordinate programs. The staff includes three local Maasai women funded through LiL and three certified teachers funded through a formal partnership with Longido District. Together, the staff and Board of Directors direct and coordinate programs in response to community needs.