Rugu Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Connected farmers with Vision Fund Tanzania, a World Vision microlending organization, which enabled them to access loans for income generating projects that support their families. 25 farmers learned about livestock management and marketing at a workshop we organized at a local agriculture education center. We helped organize beekeepers, fish farmers, and dairy farmers into producer groups to collectively sell their crops for better prices than they would earn on their own. Over 1,500 boys and girls attended training sessions on reading, writing, and math. Many children don't attend school because they don't have food for lunches, so we mobilized 17 schools to provide meals for their students. 520 primary school children learned how to stand up for their rights and how to resist negative peer pressure. 40 village leaders were trained on protecting the child rights and providing safety to children in the community.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Peace|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Tanzania>Dodoma


  • Agriculture
  • Education

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