TEMBO Canada

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.

Northern Tanzania is home to some of the country’s poorest people. Girls are married early, often at age 13, and have no chance of pursuing secondary education. Women have limited opportunities to provide for their families. The area of Longido District experiences serious drought that causes undue hardship for the Maasai as they work to sustain their cattle, the predominant source of income in a pastoralist society.  

TEMBO Canada works to address these issues through a sponsorship program for girls, a women’s microfinance loan program and goat project, and informal education initiatives offered by staff at the Longido District Learning Centre.

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Current Board Members

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

Melissa Clark


Arlene McKechnie


Virginia Taylor


Margaret Kennedy


Nancy Arbogast


Toni Connolly


Steve Duncan


Valerie Keyes


Elizabeth Kilvert


Donna Serafini


Shirley Siegel


Our Tanzanian Partners

TEMBO (Tanzania)

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 (Tanzania) is a registered Tanzanian NGO governed by a local Board of Directors. The organization employs four local Maasai individuals to coordinate girls’ education programs and a micro business program for women.  TEMBO (Tanzania) also oversees the TEMBO Inn, a small business that provides accommodation in Longido village.

Enjoy up-to-date information about the work of TEMBO (Tanzania) in this video narrated by Paulina Sumayani, Executive Director. Produced in Longido, October 2020.

Learning in Longido (LiL)

LIL is a 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 five 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.

Learn more about the work of Learning in Longido in this creative video created by the staff at the Longido District Learning Centre. Read more about the programs offered by LIL here.

TEMBO Tanzania

Learning in Longido