Peace Matunda Organisation was founded in 2000 by Unambwe Zephania Kaaya, a professional wildlife guide and community leader. Due to the difficulties he saw facing the local people ‘Kaaya’ initiated the project for the benefit of his community, providing jobs through cultural tourism and safaris of the local area. In 2005   Kaaya opened the door of  his  family home to five children from the area who were without family support. Not long after this, the first primary class opened on site and the building of the first orphanage dormitory began. After a lot of hard work and many generous donations, we are now on our way to seeing 200 children from the community through their primary education years. Each year we ensure that through charitable funding, we are able to establish a further year of primary school until the ultimate year of standard 7 in 2014 when children move on to secondary education.

We are an English medium school following the Tanzanian curriculum. All our teachers are Tanzanian and work tirelessly to provide a well-rounded education for the children here. Subjects include; English, Maths, Science, History, Civics, Geography, Kiswahili, Art and Sport.

The term ‘orphan’ in Tanzania is the status given to a child whose parents have either both died or who have had one parent die. Due to the financial strain on a one parent family (especially in the case of just the mother) the prospect of looking after several children can often be too hard a burden to bear. Therefore, some parents choose to seek help at orphanages to help take care of the welfare of their child. Children come to us from a variety of unfortunate backgrounds that include parental illness, accidental death (often from the mining industry) and abandonment. Despite the prevalent and most well known causes of mortality in East Africa, poverty claims the most victims through lack of access to basic healthcare, water sanitation and hygiene and ultimately, education for a better way of life.

Along with our children, the teachers are the soul of our school, offering their skills at below the average wage for their standing. Without good, hardworking and qualified teachers we would not be doing justice to the children of this school. As a non-profit organization we are looking for sponsorship for our teachers as well as children. Continual training development and providing a competitive salary in reward for their dedication are just a few of the reasons we need your help. It is our aim for volunteers to provide educational support both in and outside the classrooms. Volunteers often come from a diverse skills background so whether you have teaching experience or not, we welcome your interest in contributing to lessons and exchanging ideas with our staff. To find out more please visit our volunteer page.

We are lucky to be supported by people from all over the world. Some of these supporters offer their help through organisations providing not only their time and effort as well as routes for child sponsorship and funding but imparting their knowledge of education, child welfare and health matters. Please find a list of these orgnisations below and if you’re interested in helping us through them, please do get in touch.

Freundeskreis Peace Matunda Tanzania (FPMT), Germany
Evelyn & Thomas Simader
Email: info@fpmt.de
Web: http://www.fpmt.de
Supports: Child sponsorship (Rafiki fund)
Unique Expeditions
226 Harris Street
New Zealand
Email: uniqueex@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.uniqueexpeditions.co.nz
Supports: Volunteering

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