The Tanzanian Children's Fund (TCF) is dedicated to improving the lives of marginalized children in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania. The Rift Valley Children's Village (RVCV or the Children's Village) was created in 2003 to provide a loving home and a life of opportunity for orphaned children. Today, almost 100 children lead happy, healthy lives at the Children's Village. They receive far more than food, clothing, and shelter; each child at the Children's Village grows up securely knowing that they are loved and that they are an integral part of this unique community. They are not up for adoption; the Children's Village is their permanent family, nurturing them to become productive citizens and future leaders of Tanzania.
Although the Children's Village is our main commitment, we recognize that the most effective ways to improve outcomes for marginalized children is to strengthen the communities in which they live. Recognizing the complex nature of the challenges facing the wider community in which it operates, TCF and RVCV have taken an innovative, multi-pronged approach to combating poverty and improving the lives of marginalized children throughout the region. Our portfolio of community projects include:
Gyetighi Primary School and Oldeani Secondary School Partnership: In partnership with the local government, we manage the local primary schools, which aim at improving educational outcomes and providing opportunities for high achieving students to attend secondary school, and beyond.
Microfinance Program: We help foster economic growth with small business loans to help break cycles of poverty in the communities surrounding the Children's Village. Our 600+ clients earn an average of three times the annual salaries of their peers.
Rural Community Health Clinic: Based at RVCV, our health clinic is staffed by a full-time Registered Nurse and Nursing Assistant who hold daily office hours for our children, the students and faculty at Gyetighi Primary and Oldeani Secondary Schools, and our wider community. With the closest healthcare facility over an hour away, our clinic sees on average 20-30 patients a day!
We strive to understand and meet the evolving needs of the community in which TCF and RVCV operate.