Tanzania

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

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...

Bonding with a son & helping him grow, in a Tanzanian father’s own words

March 14, 2017
Hussein Kindamba and his 3-year-old son took part in Pact's Integrated Early Childhood Development Program. Here's one way it changed their lives, in Hussein's own words.
WORTH women in Tanzania

For Pact WORTH members, formal banking boosts incomes and resilience

November 18, 2016
There is an excited buzz in the air as more than 50 women, some with young children in tow, gather in an open field outside a school in Tanzania’s Kituntu ward. The women are dressed in elaborately...
A Tanzania girl participates in a kids club as part of Pact's Pamoja Tuwalee project.

Pact, USAID partner to improve the lives of Tanzania’s vulnerable children

October 24, 2016
Pact recently received a new award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by...
Florentina Nason with her fellow WORTH group members.

In the face of disease, WORTH helps members live healthier, more secure lives

September 30, 2016
For Florentina Nason, the support of her fellow WORTH group members has made all the difference in her life and hope for the future.
Sophia looks out over her pineapple garden in northern Tanzania.

One woman's journey to provide for her family

July 26, 2016
Two years ago, Sophia Stevens stood on the dusty path at the edge of her pineapple garden proudly showing off her quarter-acre plot. Every day she would walk the steep path to the garden from her...

The capacity to make a difference in Tanzania

March 20, 2015
In the remote northwest corner of Tanzania, you feel like you can disappear. Bumpy roads with ruts that could swallow a man. Fields of banana trees that block out the sun. Roads that suddenly turn...

President Obama's visit to Africa

June 27, 2013
U.S. President Obama may be visiting Tanzania next Monday for his first time while in office, but his administration has already been here more than three years, working with Pact to help Tanzania’s...