History

The Changarawe Project was started in 1998 by Caro Walford (from Clapham) and Felistas Kalomo (from Changarawe) with the aim of providing free nursery education for the many orphaned and destitute children of Changarawe village in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

Felistas founded an NGO in Tanzania called CDTFN (Childhood Development Trust Fund Network) in order to carry out the activities funded by the Changarawe Project. The funds raised by the Changarawe Project have grown steadily since then, as has CDTFN under Felistas’s leadership.

The school is now complemented by several other initiatives, including:

- A Microfinance Scheme for women and young people;
- The Nigel Lloyd Fund for orphan support;
- The BabuBibi Club for grandmothers and grandfathers, many of whom are the carers of orphans;
- A Peer Educator Group, which provides entertaining and informative performances on health and lifestyle issues.

The Project is a local initiative in every sense of the word, linking a community in Tanzania with a small group of supporters overseas. It is Tanzanian-led and run, with financial support coordinated by the trustees in London.