FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PROJECTZAWADI?
What does PROJECTZAWADI do?
How are students selected?
How are PROJECTZAWADI programs monitored?
What does Zawadi mean?
How is PROJECTZAWADI funded?
How is my donation used?
How can I obtain PROJECTZAWADI‘s financial information?
How can I make an automatically recurring donation?
How can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?
Is PROJECTZAWADI a 501(c)3 organization?
What is PROJECTZAWADI‘s Tax Identification Number (EIN)?
Is my donation tax deductible? How do I get a receipt for tax purposes?
Can I donate books or other supplies?
Does PROJECTZAWADI share or sell the names of donors or those on its mailing list?
Can I volunteer with PROJECTZAWADI?

What is PROJECTZAWADI?

PROJECTZAWADI (PZ) is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities.

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What does PROJECTZAWADI do?

Working with our local partners, PROJECTZAWADI identifies the community’s neediest children and provides them with everything they need to attend and thrive in school, including school uniforms (required to attend school), shoes, textbooks, and supplies. We help provide students with the support of caring adults. We help enrich our students’ educational environment by spearheading and funding projects to build classrooms, desks, teacher housing, and student dormitories, among others. We provide professional development workshops to Guardian Teachers and Counselors.  When our students complete their education, whether after primary school, secondary school, trade school, or university, we work with them to help them make the transition to self-reliance. PROJECTZAWADI “alumni” remain members of the PROJECTZAWADI family as role models and mentors for students still in school.

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How are students selected?

PROJECTZAWADI students are selected by village education committees comprised of school administrators, school teachers, and parents. The criteria for selection, as provided by PROJECTZAWADI, state that students should be either orphaned or vulnerable and without this support would not attend school. Additionally, the selection of students must be equitable on the basis of tribe and gender. After the committees select the students, we follow up to make sure that the selection was fair and appropriate.

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How are PROJECTZAWADI programs monitored?

We monitor student progress and well-being on an ongoing basis. Our local partners provide regular reports on enrollment, attendance, academic performance, physical health, and emotional well-being. In addition, PROJECTZAWADI conducts site visits at least once (and usually twice) a year to review program implementation and fiscal accountability, meet with students, and consult with local partners.

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What does Zawadi mean?

Zawadi is Swahili for “gift.” The name was chosen to reflect the belief that each child is a gift, and that there is no greater gift than education. Zawadi is also the name of one of the first students to be sponsored by PROJECTZAWADI.

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How is PROJECTZAWADI funded?

PROJECTZAWADI is funded entirely by voluntary donations. PROJECTZAWADI ‘s work is made possible by the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.

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How is my donation used?

PROJECTZAWADI is deeply appreciative of every contribution we receive, and we are committed to careful stewardship of your gift. As a 100% Direct Aid organization,  all of the donations we receive are used to support our students, including the provision of books, uniforms, and school supplies, as well as enhancing the school environment through improved infrastructure and teacher training. Donations to sponsor a student in a village school are used as outlined below.

Uniform, school supplies, and shoes $35
Textbooks $25
School Development (to build classrooms, etc.) $25
Counseling & Communication $10
Program Administration (transportation, Zinduka supplies, etc.) $5
Post-Primary Education Fund $100
TOTAL SPONSORSHIP COSTS $200

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How can I obtain PROJECTZAWADI‘s financial information?

PROJECTZAWADI‘s financial information is available on our IRS Form 990. The most recent filing can be viewed at www.Guidestar.org by searching for Project Zawadi. For specific questions or requests, please contact us at info@projectzawadi.org.

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How can I make an automatically recurring donation?

One-time or automatically recurring donations originating from the United States can be made via e-check through Dwolla.  Use the simple process located along the right side of this page to initiate the process.

International donations can be made with your credit card through Network for Good using the donation button below:

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How can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?

At the time of your donation you can indicate if the gift is in memory or in honor of someone. If you provide an email or snail mail address for the person being honored, PROJECTZAWADI will notify them of your gift.

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Is PROJECTZAWADI a 501(c)3 organization?

Yes, PROJECTZAWADI is a registered 501(c)3 organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

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What is PROJECTZAWADI‘s Tax Identification Number (EIN)?

PROJECTZAWADI‘s Tax Identification Number is 06-1629249. This information is sometimes needed for foundations, corporations, or other organizations making contributions.

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Is my donation tax deductible? How do I get a receipt for tax purposes?

Donations to PROJECTZAWADI are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is always advisable to check with your own financial or tax advisor on tax matters. We acknowledge all donations with a letter that can be used as a tax receipt. If you make your donation online, you will receive an acknowledgment letter immediately. Please print it for your records; it is your tax receipt. Donations sent by mail generally are acknowledged within 2-4 weeks.

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Can I donate books or other supplies?

We will occasionally accept donations of culturally and age-appropriate books for our students. Due to the high cost of transporting books to the villages where we work, it is extremely helpful to know ahead of time if a book collection is planned so we can try to coordinate it with one of our planned field visits, which allows us to hand carry books to the children.

As an alternative, consider pairing in-kind donations with a modest cash donation to cover shipping costs. As an example, shipping books to Tanzania in bulk costs about $1 per book.

Other items that are useful for our students include pens, pencils, and notebooks in good condition but please contact us before you send these items to be sure that we will be able to hand-carry them. We might ask you to mail them directly to Tanzania or perhaps just donate cash instead as all these items can also be purchased at a good price in Tanzania.

If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please contact us at info@projectzawadi.org to discuss the items you have in mind and the timetable for your collection.

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Does PROJECTZAWADI share or sell the names of donors or those on its mailing list?

Nope.  We never have and never will!

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Can I volunteer with PROJECTZAWADI?

We occasionally need volunteer help, but please note that most of the services we require are administrative and computer related tasks in the United States. We do not currently coordinate a volunteer program in Tanzania, but some limited volunteer opportunities do exist if you will be travelling to Tanzania independently and have special skills or experience that you’d be willing to share (professional photographer, teacher, construction, etc.) . If you are interested in volunteering with PROJECTZAWADI, please contact us at info@projectzawadi.org. It is helpful if you can include information about the skills you offer and the type of work that most interests you.

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