Tuwapende Watoto

means in English

“We love children”


The Tuwapende Watoto Foundation is a children’s charity in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It offers orphaned and abandoned children a loving home and a good education to secure their future in the long term. Since 2010, the orphans have been living in the newly built orphanage, which adjoins the foundation’s own school.

Since 2006, the foundation has been running a children’s home with 29 children between the ages of 3 and 24. In 2010 it opened a kindergarten and one year later a primary school. In January 2016, a care centre for small children was added. Currently, around 800 pupils attend the Tuwapende Watoto Nursery and Primary School, and for around 15% of the children, the school and transport fees as well as the costs for uniforms, meals, registration fees, etc. are covered by the foundation.

In February 2016, the foundation opened a vocational school where 140 students are currently completing a two-year apprenticeship in 10 professions in the dual education system. The professions offered are tailor, baker, gardener, electrician, electronics technician, computer scientist, plumber, bicycle mechanic and hairdresser/beauty.

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Tuwapende Watoto ist für mich ein eigentliches Vorzeige-Projekt für nachhaltige, effiziente und gut überprüfbare Entwicklungshilfe! Mit grossem Einsatz der Stiftung werden die Kinder, Schüler und Lehrlinge auf ein Leben in Ihrem Mutterland vorbereitet ! Wer Tuwapende Watoto einmal erlebt hat, wird davon begeistert sein! Ein grosses Vorbild für alle Entwicklungs-Hilfe Projekte! Eindrücklich!

Geni Müller

Partner Sound Capital AG, Zürich

I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and warmth of the children and mamas in Tuwapende Watoto. The children’s home and the school are run with love, this is certainly due to the good organization and leadership. In Tuwapende Watototo Swiss values are mixed with Tanzanian habits, which leads to this great result.

Patricia Gyger


The penpalship between my class from Lucerne and the children of Tuwapende Watoto is a unique, wonderful and valuable enrichment for all. All kids can apply and improve their foreign language skills. The children also learn how others live and they can share each others’ hobbies and interests.

Franzisca Otto

Lehrerin Schule Wartegg, Luzern
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