Working with communities in Tanzania since 1975

Over the past 40 years Tanzania Development Trust has changed the lives of thousands of people in Tanzania’s poorest communities by helping provide clean water, agricultural support, education, solar power, healthcare, and new and improved livelihoods.
Can you help us make a difference for even more people?

Current Appeals

A big thank you to those who have already supported Tanzania Development Trust’s Girls’ Rights Fund through our new dedicated MyDonate page,

Between 2014 and 2017, TDT worked with the Anglican Diocese of Mara to fund and construct a Safe House for girls fleeing FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).  In three ‘cutting seasons’, up to 500 girls were directly saved from FGM, and more by outreach work in villages.

At present, TDT is not sending money to the Mugumu Safe House.  Since the appointment of a new Bishop of Mara in August 2016, some aspects of Diocesan policy and practice for the Safe House have caused concern, including less apparent commitment to effective combatting of FGM.  More on the Mugumu Safe House… 

It is hoped that, in time, agreement can be reached on the operation of the Safe House.  But TDT wishes to provide donors the continued opportunity to contribute to the important fight against FGM and the wider campaign against forced early marriage and gender based violence (GBV), hence the Girls’ Rights Fund.

We shall support local activists like Rhobi Samwelly, herself an FGM survivor, and the driving force behind the Mara Safe House.  Funds may be used to support staffing, outreach work, and temporary shelter and food for girls at risk, and allow them to continue their education instead of being subjected to FGM and married against their will.

More on the Girls’ Rights Fund…

Thank yous

We have previously featured in this section our appeal to complete a dispensary in Matongo Village, and our appeal for emergency funding following the Kagera earthquake in September 2016.

We should like to thank donors for their generosity in supporting these appeals.  Funding for the Matongo Dispensary is complete, and you can read about our earthquake relief efforts here.

Latest News

  • Benedicto Hosea Tanzania Development Trust local representative in Kigoma region Benedicto to represent Kigoma Region in National Youth Forum - Congratulations to TDT's local representative for Kigoma Rural, Benedicto Hosea. He will represent Kigoma Region in the National Youth Forum this week in Mwanza, advising on the National Youth Strategy.
  • In the Name of Your Daughter, film by Giselle Portenier on work combatting FGM in Tanzania In The Name Of Your Daughter – Copenhagen Premiere - ‘In the Name of Your Daughter’, a documentary film about the work of Rhobi Samwelly and the Mugumu Safe House, will have its international première at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, in March.
  • students studying by solar powered lights Give the Gift of Light this Christmas - Once again this Christmas we have launched our 'Gift of Light' appeal. For only £6, you can help transform the lives of a student and his or her family.
  • screenshot of mydonate page for tanzania development trust girls rights fund New MyDonate fundraising page for Girls’ Rights Fund - TDT has launched a Girls’ Rights Fund, to support work against Female Genital Mutilation, Gender Based Violence and forced early marriage. Our new dedicated MyDonate page gives a virtually costless means of donating.


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Star Supporter

Rachel Lindley having run the London Marathon for TDT

“Well, I did it – I ran the London Marathon for the Tanzania Development Trust. I did it in 3h 12m10s, and loved it. Well, mostly. With hindsight, anyway.

Read all of Rachel’s story…

Team Tanzania


Our volunteers on the ground in Tanzania are the eyes and ears of our work, giving up their time to ensure projects are well run and truly benefit local communities.

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Apply For Funds

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First, read our Funding Guidelines carefully.  If your project fits within these Guidelines, you can download our Application Form.

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Agriculture, education, health and water projects

Every pound raised is spent on projects

Tanzania Development Trust is unlike most charities.

Our projects are carefully researched and clearly defined, and make a sustainable and tangible difference to some of Tanzania’s poorest communities.  Our Project Officers and local representatives often visit remote areas, off the beaten track for most charities and agencies.   We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years.

And we have no expenses:  every pound that you donate will be spent on projects.

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