From education to employment

Tanzania

Long term sustainable education and training opportunities established and delivered through the Kyela Polytechnic College will tackle the issues we want to address for the future of Kyela's young disadvantaged people.

To me, this organisation is almost everything that I have and it has made me who I am now. I can run my life without depending on someone. I can help support my family, and I can see tomorrow. .


After considerable research and advice in 2001 and 2002 we chose to set up The Mango Tree in the Kyela District of Tanzania.

Some of the reasons why The Mango Tree first chose to establish its programmes in these areas of the southwest border region and why we are still here today.

  • The region is extremely poor, but it does have a local economy that could potentially employ the disadvantaged children or orphans that we support through their education and now, onto vocational training. Tanzania's economy has expanded over the 13 years that we have been working in Kyela.

  • At least 1 in 5 people in the district are HIV positive

  • Crossings into and out of bordering countries, Malawi and Zambia were closed at night.  This meant that Kyela has a large transcient community. Many truck drivers and traders were known to overnight in the local area in Kyela. This is seen as one contributing factor why, at the onset of the AIDS epidemic,  the HIV contraction rate was higher in this area.  And also why, today, HIV prevalence remains  higher than the national average. 

  • At the time we established our programme in the area, there were no other agencies delivering support for the large numbers of orphans. Other small NGOs came and went but none stayed to secure the long term future of the children.
     

For several years The Mango Tree was constantly being asked whether it would stay and help or would it go away like the other projects that came to Kyela. Almost 14 years later, The Mango Tree remains committed and involved  for the long term. Local village communities were keen to become involved and our aim for a local solution to a local problem delivered by local people was quickly embedded. The Mango Tree Tanzania team established an impressive working model for orphan care and very quickly became widely respected in the area. The local community including local government officals respected what we stood for and orphans looked upon The Mango Tree as its family. Even the Tanzanian President visited The Mango Tree when our community library opened in 2010.

Our Impact in Tanzania today

Education 

The Kyela Polytechnic College is in the process of launching a new secondary and tertiary education bursary programme as part of our strategy to restructure and streamline project delivery in Tanzania. Kyela Polytechnic College, KPC, have taken on the provision of means-tested educational support for our registered orphans and vulnerable young people. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that two newly awarded grants - from the Samworth Foundation and Oglesby Charitable Trust, will enable us to improve the facilities and accomodation for boarding students and establish a new driving school to increase enrolment numbers and ultimately help the College achieve financial independence by 2016. 

In 2015-2016, we aim to continue progress towards offering an even greater range of courses at the Kyela Polytechnic College. This wonderful facility provides vocational training opportunities for disadvantaged young people.  We will improve the Library at the College, expand our College's student health service and procure land for a sports field.

Health

The health team have expanded their work on HIV testing and counselling services, with 14 new awareness campaigns reaching approximately 17,000 rural people in Kyela district. We continue to provide direct treatment and referral services and have tested 3,888 in Tanzania in the last year. We have trained 24 school teachers and up to 1,270 students, as peer educators to deliver Prevention and Awareness workshops in Tanzania schools. Our team are  delivering Gender Based Violence education programmes currently in six communities in the area. We estimate our campiagns reach 8,000 rural people. 
 

Community Livelihoods

21 concrete fishtanks have been constructed and stocked with fingerlings for guardian families of our supported children and to rural disadvantaged people living with HIV. We are also providing business training seminars and agricultural training to support rural people with their income generating small business and farming initiatives.

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Our Work in Kenya Another Mango Tree programme was established near Lake Victoria in Kenya in 2006. View More
Our Work in Tanzania In 2001 and 2002 we chose to set up the Mango Tree in the Kyela District of Tanzania. View More