After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and falling in love with the country and its people, in 1998 India Howell moved 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 supporters in Tanzania, the US, and Canada, that single house has expanded to become the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV), which currently serves as a permanent and loving home to 97 children. The Children’s Village is our main commitment of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund but they recognize that the most effective way to improve outcomes for marginalized children is to attack the roots of childhood poverty and strengthen the community as a whole. In order to do so, in 2004 India and Peter also created the Rift Valley Children’s Fund (RVCF), a thriving community-based organization which provides free healthcare, primary and secondary education, microfinance loans and training to the residents of Oldeani Ward. The Tanzanian Children’s Fund of Canada serves the community of Oldeani Ward by providing secondary school scholarships to deserving students.
The Tanzanian Children’s Fund of Canada was created to provide educational support for the Rift Valley Children’s Fund through secondary school scholarships for deserving students.
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In addition to secondary school scholarships, RVCF also provides numerous other services to the community that are funded by our affiliate entity in the United States, the Tanzanian Children’s Fund (TCF), which is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. If you would like to learn more about RVCF’s Children’s Village the health, microfinance or education programs that are funded through TCF, please visit www.tanzanianchildrensfund.org for more information.
The Tanzanian Children’s Fund of Canada is a Canadian Registered Charity.
Charitable Registration number is: 829450394RR0001
Relieve poverty by advancing educational opportunities for underprivileged youth in Tanzania by providing systemic intervention, scholarships, institutional improvements, and skills-based training.