About Us

Creating a home for children. Transforming communities. Building futures in Tanzania.

Esau and Flavian - best friends

Esau and Flavian - best friends

HOW WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION

The Tanzanian Children’s Fund works to ensure that all children and families in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania lead healthy and productive lives and have the opportunity to become positive agents of change for their country. In order to achieve our goals, TCF provides a loving and permanent home for 95 marginalized children at the Rift Valley Children’s Village. However, TCF also recognizes that the best way to promote the well-being of all children is to provide access to high-quality education, free healthcare, and microfinance trainings and loans to the entire community. Our innovative, multi-pronged approach to addressing systemic poverty is what has enabled us to have a deep impact and catalyze real and lasting change.

Esau and Flavian - best friends

Esau and Flavian - best friends

HISTORY

After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and falling in love with the country and its people, in 1998 India Howell moved permanently to Tanzania to manage a lodge for a safari company. Noticing the growing problem of orphaned and marginalized children living in poverty, India felt compelled to take action, and in 2004 she partnered with Peter Leon Mmassy to create a loving and permanent home for 17 orphaned children. With the help of our supporters and the Tanzanian community, that single house has expanded to become a Children’s Village for 95 children and a thriving community-based organization providing free healthcare, primary and secondary education, and microfinance loans and training to the residents of Oldeani Ward.

WHO OUR PROGRAMS SERVE

Circles of Influence

Circles of Influence

WHERE WE WORK

Tanzania Map

Tanzania Map

TEAM

TCF has amazing 120 full and part-time staff in Tanzania, 3 in the US and an amazing Board of Directors to help make it successful. Click here for their bios!

Team Photo
Team Photo