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Orphaned or abandoned boys raised in an orphanage environment need to know how to live independently after they have completed their vocational or secondary school and college educations with EfforTZ Foundation. The Life Skills Program we are offering these boys will provide an intensive, in-depth introduction to the critically important life and employment skills that these boys will need to lead successful lives that are not taught by schools in Tanzania.

Like the over 3 million Tanzanian orphans and abandoned children, these boys once slept in alley ways and dug through garbage for food. They had no access to medical care. They were refused entrance to school because they didn't have uniforms or supplies. Many of them were often abused. Some got very good at stealing and begging.

EfforTZ has given 17 of these boys the amazing chance to escape life on the streets, and obtain primary and post-primary school educations. But, as orphanage children, they still carry with them an inability to move independently in the world. They haven't had any experience dealing with money, banks, or budgets. They have never had the opportunity to consider and make healthy personal decisions. They don't know how to plan or set goals. And, perhaps worse, their orphanage experience has let them believe that someone else will always do this for them.

We believe it is our obligation to provide these young boys with the skills as critically important to their success in life and employment as subjects such as math and chemistry. That is what enrollment in this program will begin to develop within them.

This intensive one week residential program will focus on the following key areas:

Life Skills (Planning and goal setting)
Financial Skills (Banking and budgeting)
Leadership Skills (Communicating, influencing, motivating, and delegating)
Work Skills (CV or resume writing, interviewing, and entrepreneurship)
Career Options (Presentations by professionals, entrepreneurs, and educational tours)
Personal Skills (Controlling your body, understanding your rights, protecting yourself)

While this intensive program will not fill the entire gap in the life skills of these boys, it is a beginning. We expect that over their next school recesses, we will expand their knowledge and exposure in many of these areas by having them plan, develop, and manage projects, under EfforTZ' guidance, with these new skills.


EfforTZ Foundation established its Orphan Boys Scholarship Program in 2010 to save young boys from homelessness and illiteracy. Since then, EfforTZ has awarded 100 scholarships to orphaned or abandoned boys for primary and post-primary school educations.


In a country where only 50% of the primary school students are able to attend secondary school, EfforTZ is proud that 100% of its orphan boys have been admitted to secondary school. Adding an intensive week long Life Skills Development Program to address the life skills needs of these boys is just the next step in ensuring their life-long success.

Team Credentials

This program has been reviewed and evaluated by EfforTZ Local Representative in Tanzania, a specialist in community development. Further, it has been evaluated by EfforTZ President, an attorney, CPA, and human resources executive, who has also has known TFFT personnel and the quality of its work for more than 10 years.

This program will be led by professionals specializing in personal management, interpersonal, and social resistance skills. Career speakers will come from many different professions. This is the second year of the program: 52 students were enrolled in 2016 and 75 have enrolled for 2017. Monitoring and follow-up takes place with the program attendees and a formal project evaluation will be conducted after the program has been in.


  • May 2018 Update from The Life Skills Training Program

    The Life Skills Training Program that our orphan boys attended offered five days full of important and useful experience to them. The program provided instructions on and space to practice using the important skills required to succeed in today’s world. After the program, our boys were fully equipped with skills to thrive. The topics covered in the workshop were relevant and required for anyone who wants to fit in today’s world. The boys were exposed to many useful topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, dream mapping, financial education, HIV/AIDs and reproductive health. Many people in the Tanzanian culture lack knowledge about these topics, and this program has ensured that our boys received an education on these essential life skills. After learning about financial education on day one, many of the boys in their evaluation said that they will change their practices and attitudes towards money. They have learned the importance of wise money management by budgeting and saving...