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

Our appeal to complete a dispensary in Matongo Village has received a significant boost, with news of promised support from one of our regular partner trusts.

The need is great – as you can see through Samuel’s Story, and the words of 14-year-old Ghati.  The local community has done much to get the project rolling, and we are now within touching distance of turning the dreams of 10,000 people into reality.  Can you help us get there? Simply click the link to the TDT MyDonate page and put “For Matongo” in the message box.

Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate

The anti-FGM Safe House has a new website!

With hundreds of girls at risk of forced Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania, there has for a long time been a strong need for a safe place for them to run. Mugumu Safe House, built with donations via Tanzania Development Trust, is exactly that.

Mugumu Safe House and Vocational Training Centre fights FGM and child marriage in Tanzania by offering a safe place for girls refusing FGM. It also offers the girls a range of courses during their stay to build their confidence and understanding of independence.

Here’s how you can support the ongoing work of the Safe House.

Dormitory roof repairs, Tweyambe SchoolThank you to all who donated to assist us in helping following the Kagera earthquake in September 2016.

Four schools and a dispensary have all benefited from the generosity of our donors. You can read more about them here.

Latest News

  • crowd2map logo Join the Crowd2Map Mapathon August 13th - Get involved in the biggest online mapathon, Help celebrate the 13th anniversary of OpenStreetMap by joining 1500 others in helping map rural Tanzania,
  • Justice Muchati distributing beehives, Iringa Tanzania TDT VSO Beekeeping project, Mahuninga Village - What can be achieved for less than £500? Read about Justice Muchati's transformation of a beekeeping community in iringa, using a TDT VSO small grant
  • BTS-Newsletter-May-2017-squ Kevin’s Travels, Climate Change, Earthquake Grants and more… - The May 2017 edition of the newsletter of Britain Tanzania Society, available now, is an exceptionally good read. There are many articles relating to the work of TDT, including a detailed account of Project Office Kevin Curley's visit earlier in the year.
  • opening slide of crowdmapping webinar Mapping Webinar - Why Janet Chapman set up the crowdsourced mapping project Crowd2Map, how it is helping in the fight to end FGM and developing maps of rural Tanzania where we work, and how you can help.


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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.

Read Ezekiel’s story…

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.

Find out how you can get involved