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:
Kids Living with Relatives Program We provide food, clothing, and opportunity to at risk children in the region who live with their relatives.
Gyetighi Primary School Partnership In partnership with the local government, we manage the local primary school, which is aimed at improving educational outcomes and providing opportunities for high achieving students to attend secondary school, and beyond.
Medical Care Bi-monthly free medical clinics are offered in tandem with the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME). FAME provides much needed medical care for individuals who live outside of the Children's Village in the local communities who otherwise might not have access to a doctor.
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.
Community Health Education Health education has started in the primary school and as a community outreach program, educating men and women about different forms of family planning, abuse, and disease.
We strive to understand and meet the evolving needs of the community in which TCF and RVCV operate.