Who We Are
Project TEMBO in Canada is the fundraising arm of TEMBO. It is also accountable to donors and the the Canadian Revenue Agency for the proper use of the funds. In January 2005, TEMBO became a registered Canadian charity (#856825872RR0001).
While the Tanzanian government funds primary school education, secondary school tuition and all school expenses and fees must be paid for by families. For many people, providing an education for their children is a ‘luxury’ they simply cannot afford. The situation is similar for post-secondary studies. The Tanzanian government is able to provide very few scholarships or grants.
In 1998 TEMBO founders Jo Marchant and Marian Roks travelled to Kimokouwa village in northern Tanzania to visit a young girl they were sponsoring. Following return visits in 1999 and 2003, and after meeting with community leaders, teachers and local residents in Longido and Kimokouwa, they formalized a commitment to the people in Longido and Kimokouwa by establishing the Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity (TEMBO.) Project TEMBO raises money to provide sponsorship for girls and women to attend secondary and postsecondary education.
In the traditional Maasai culture, women have limited rights and very few opportunities for employment outside of the home. Many women want to send their children to school but do not have the funds to do so. Project TEMBO has raised start-up funds for a microbusiness program to lend money to women in Longido for for projects such as raising goats for milk and meat; raising chickens and selling eggs in the village; and producing and marketing handcrafted beadwork. In Kimokouwa Village the situation is different. Here the community lives a traditional Maasai lifestyle. Micro-finance loans do not work in this setting because there are no markets for buying or selling goods. As a result, Project TEMBO funds have been used there to begin a goat project to provide income for the women and milk for their families.
Project TEMBO also raises funds for informal education efforts – “Learning in Longido”. These have been used to create a community library in Longido and will also be used to assist the community to build the Longido District Learning Centre which will house the library and other informal education programs. Project TEMBO also funds the TEMBO English Camp (TEC) for sponsored girls. The camp is held during school holidays to help the girls improve their English and build self confidence with the aim of improving their opportunities for success in school. During the school year TEMBO supports an informal education program in schools (the Sara Juma program), which promotes the rights of girls and women to address important health issues. The program covers issues not included in the school curriculum.
Project TEMBO is governed by a voluntary Board and all of its work is carried out by volunteers.
The current Board Members are:
- Arlene McKechnie, President
- Cathy Allison, Vice-President
- Virginia Taylor, Treasurer
- Maureen Law, Secretary
- Sandra Hession, Fundraising Coordinator
- Melissa Fennell, Communications Coordinator
- Bente McAlister, Member-at-Large
- Donna Serafini, Member-at-Large
- Melissa Clark, Member-at-Large
- Jennifer Whitfield, Member-at-Large
- Ruth Silbert, Member-at-Large
- Jo Marchant and Marian Roks, Directors Emeritus
TEMBO Trust is a Registered Tanzania Trusteeship founded in 2007 to carry out Project TEMBO’S mandate of providing education and empowerment for girls and women in Longido and Kimokouwa Villages. It is also responsible for the oversight of the TEMBO Guesthouse provides office and meeting space for TEMBO as well as comfortable and safe lodging for the TEMBO volunteers as well as other visitors to Longido.
TEMBO Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees composed at present of two members of the Project TEMBO Canada Board of Directors and two Tanzanian citizens. The day to day work of educating and empowering girls and women is overseen in Tanzania by Paulina Sumayani, our Project Coordinator who is a Tanzanian citizen and resident of Longido village. TEMBO Trust is able to support many families by employing local residents and villagers, including guesthouse staff .
TEMBO Trust values partnerships with other organizations whose goals are in keeping with educating and empowering girls and women, and improving village life in Longido and Kimokouwa. You will find the links to some of these organizations here.
Learning in Longido (LiL)
LiL is a registered Tanzanian NGO. It was formed in partnership with TEMBO, the District of Longido and the Village of Longido. It has a Board of nine Tanzanians and two Canadian TEMBO board members (currently Maureen Law and Arlene McKechnie). It oversees informal education programs supported by TEMBO, including those in the current Longido Community Library and the Orbomba Community Library, as well as their outreach programs. It is also overseeing the development of the Longido District Learning Centre which is now under construction. The Centre is a joint effort of the District, the Village and Project TEMBO. When it is completed it will house the current library and will provide space for additional informal educational programs, including a computer facility. The Centre will belong to the community and Project TEMBO’s obligation for support will be gradually phased out, although TEMBO will continue to support LiL’s programs as resources are available.
In addition to the Board, LiL has an Advisory Committee of local experts in areas such as Education, Health, Business and Agriculture, to help in the development of the Centre’s programs. Support for LiL comes not only from TEMBO, but also from the District and the Village. LiL will work with the formal education programs in Longido, and also with other NGOs, to provide expanded informal education opportunities for all residents of Longido.