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Contacts

Charles Ossey

country director
cossey@pactworld.org

Emmanuel Lamptey

program manager
elamptey@pactworld.org

Pact’s work in Tanzania focuses on improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. With our unique integrated approach, our efforts are also strengthening families and local economies, institutions and organizations – impacts that will benefit Tanzania for generations to come.

Our five-year Pamoja Tuwalee program, funded by USAID, recently finished. The program worked with local nonprofits and government agencies that, in turn, worked with families and caregivers in their communities to meet the basic needs of at-risk children.

Pamoja Tuwalee, which translates to “Let’s Bring Children Up Together,” reached more than 350,000 children and caregivers with key health, nutrition, education, livelihoods and protection services.

In 2016, we began a follow-up project to Pamoja Tuwalee, called Kizazi Kipya, or New Generation. With a similar approach, this project is making a measurable difference for Tanzania's youth, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Because the majority of Tanzania’s vulnerable children live in female-headed households, Pact employs our award-winning WORTH model, in which small groups of women save together and make low-interest loans to one another that help them launch or expand small businesses. With increased income – plus business and other training provided by Pact – women are better able to care for their children.

A WORTH member attends a meeting with her children.

We’ve built the capacity of local authorities and community organizations to manage services for vulnerable children and helped launch trained vulnerable-children committees and district child protection teams. And we’ve paid special attention to children and families in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.

Pact also has carried out substantial work to improve governance in Tanzania, empowering citizens and civil society organizations to work with political representatives toward transparency and accountability at the local and national levels. 

Stories and Highlights

Unmasking Stunting

August 15, 2018
Stunting is hidden tragedy that affects children's ability to learn and grow, as well as communities' future development. In Tanzania's Songwe Region, Pact is addressing root causes of stunting in...

For a father and son in Tanzania, a new view on parenting brings family happiness

August 10, 2018
There was a time when Ally Bakary Kangana didn’t think it was important to spend time with his son. “I also believed all decisions must be made by parents, especially fathers,” recalls the 52-year-...

The importance of access: Empowering women through technology in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
For many of the more than 2.5 billion adults who lack access to financial institutions, there are few viable options to save. For the past 20 years, Pact has supported more than half a million women...
Young woman in Tanzania shows off her phone with the MyWORTH app.

Opening doors for young women in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
It is a hot mid-afternoon in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. You wouldn’t know it looking at the young women gathered in the two-room block house in Temeke. Seated on blue plastic chairs, the women...

With new business skills, caregivers of vulnerable Tanzanian children provide for their families

May 21, 2018
Leila Mkere beams as she speaks. The 36-year-old is pleased with herself, and rightly so. She runs two successful businesses, selling charcoal and vegetables. The income goes a long way in providing...
A young woman in Tanzania opens the MyWORTH app.

Technology to provide leg-up to rural women

March 8, 2018
One of the key building blocks of resilience is financial stability. When a family member suddenly falls ill, having access to income, particularly savings, can make all the difference. But, for many...

For a mother and daughter in Tanzania, a better relationship means a better chance against HIV

November 30, 2017
At 12 years old, Tumie Shomary faces everyday pre-teen adversities. But growing up in Morogoro, Tanzania, Tumie is also confronted by challenges that increase her risk of contracting HIV.
Dr Zainab Chaula, Acting Permanent Secretary of PO-RALG, accepts technology.

New computer equipment to strengthen social welfare services in Tanzania

July 6, 2017
This week, the United States Agency for International Development Mission in Tanzania (USAID/Tanzania) officially handed over computers and IT equipment to the Honorable George Boniface Simbachawene...

After tragedy, treatment and hope for an HIV-positive mother in Tanzania

May 9, 2017
Bi Mariam Masasi Willison had prepared to be a mom. Then she learned she was HIV-positive.

For women who mine gemstones in Tanzania, knowledge is economic power

April 25, 2017
Last year, as part of its Mines to Markets program, Pact launched a partnership with Gemological Institute of America to test a new rough gem guide. It's helping women miners improve their...