A relevant, quality education should be a human right
Children belong with their families and their communities (not institutions)
Local communities know best what their children need.
Project Zawadi’s Merit Program is an expansion of our traditional sponsorship program. The Merit Program supports high-achieving students at the secondary or tertiary levels for whom the added expenses of higher schooling would otherwise be financially out of reach for their families. Through a competitive selection process, these promising students’ financial needs, above and beyond the level of what their families can continue to provide, are supported. Often these expenses include such things as travel, room and board, and increased uniform and materials fees for schools that can be located very far away from the student’s home community.
Mentoring and Support
In keeping with our mission and core values, Project Zawadi partners with local communities, schools, and family to create a multi-level support system for students on their education journey. The initial selection for sponsorship is done by the student’s home village community, families pledge to make school a priority for their child, and schools partner with Project Zawadi staff to provide mentoring and academic and career counseling to students.
All sponsored students begin their sponsorship experience in Nyamuswa village, Project Zawadi’s base of operations in rural northwestern Tanzania. From this start, students follow their education paths to pursue programs in communities both near and far at every level of study.