TEMBO’s commitment to girls’ education is at the heart of our mission.

In Tanzania, one third of all girls are married by the age of 18, but girls from poor families are twice as likely to be married early than girls from wealthier families.

Almost 70% of children aged 14-17 are not enrolled in secondary education while a mere 3.2% are enrolled for the final two years of schooling. (Unicef, 2017)

As of 2023, TEMBO has sponsored more than 510 girls to attend secondary school. In 2023 alone, our donors are sponsoring 170 girls to achieve their dream of acquiring a secondary school education.

As well, TEMBO provides support for girls who aspire to complete post-secondary education. Since 2007, TEMBO has sponsored 30 young women to attend a two-year training program to become primary school teachers. Today, 100% of these women are now working in schools in villages throughout Tanzania.

TEMBO has also support more than 140 girls to attend vocational training programs including hotel management, animal husbandry, community health and records management programs.

Your generosity can help provide a uniform, a set of school syllabus books or a year of education in secondary school or a vocational training program.

In Tanzania, the school year begins in January.

MEET SESITA and VISIT HER BOMA

Today, Sesita is in secondary school thanks to the support of our TEMBO donors. Read about her journey from primary school to secondary school.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

A $30 gift provides a girl with toiletries including soap, sanitary pads, a toothbrush and toothpaste and bucket for washing.

A $60 gift provides a girl with textbooks and school supplies for a year.

A $135 gift provides a girl with a new school uniform including two skirts, white shirts, sweaters, a tie and a pair of shoes and socks.

A $410 gift sends a girl to school for a year with a trunk, books, bedding, toiletries and a new school uniform.

When girls join secondary school in Form 1, they must have a new school uniform, a trunk with bedding, toiletries and school supplies.

SUPPORTING EDUCATION DURING THE PANDEMIC

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TEMBO worked to provide essential support to the TEMBO-sponsored girls.

March – June 2020: schools closed on March 17th and the girls returned to their home villages. During this time, TEMBO provided the girls with textbooks and learning materials to support independent learning and toiletries to stay healthy. For girls facing very difficult circumstances, TEMBO also provided emergency food packages.

July 2020: Tanzanian schools reopened on June 29th and the girls could focus on their studies once again. While they promised to work hard and stay safe at school, they needed additional hygiene supplies including soap, hand sanitizer and masks.

October 2020: TEMBO launched the PASS program for 29 girls providing them with lots of opportunity for physical distancing in the Girls’ Hostel that can accommodate 72. Thanks to our donors from the Climb Kili fundraiser, TEMBO was able to purchase new washstands for the Girls’ Hostel.

January 2021: as the new school year began, TEMBO provided each girl with additional toiletries including more soap for handwashing and laundry. In addition, our staff reinforced the importance of following all health and sanitation protocols in place at school.

Today, TEMBO continues to provide the girls with toiletries for the school year and education to support healthy living.