Lead4Tomorrow in Tanzania

​Lead4Tomorrow launched the Family Hui program in Dar es Salaam in 2015 after building a local network, registering as a nonprofit in the country, and conducting focus groups and leader training. The program was well received, gaining support from local media, government representatives, and local nonprofits. Following a Family Hui pilot in Dar es Salaam, the program was introduced into the Mara region of Tanzania in anticipation of initiating an aquaculture project in Lake Victoria.

Children sitting in chairs waiting for graduation ceremony.

​Participants in these pilot hui reported:

  • Improved ability to recognize their children’s feelings, and appropriately express and deal with emotions
  • Increased use of positive discipline techniques, reducing the need for other forms of discipline (corporal punishment)
  • Enhanced parental skills which improved parent-child relationships and children’s response to parental requests.

In 2017, the process began to create L4T Tanzania. In the same timeframe all program materials were translated into Swahili and Family Hui began being used as the social infrastructure for two microenterprise initiatives: a poultry-farming project south of Dar es Salaam, and a major aquaculture initiative in the Mara region of Lake Victoria. The latter was supported by the Tankersley Foundation and Karen Veverica, and internationally recognized aquaculture expert at Auburn University.

Metal piping and blue barrels floating on the water

The Mara aquaculture initiative is now operated by participants of two hui which have joined together in a cooperative. They divide the responsibilities of raising the tilapia, as well as the profits generated to support better nutrition and well-being for their children and families. By-laws have been established and on-site project managers now oversee the day-to-day operations. This project is gradually expanding as start-up funds allow.

In 2020, funds raised from a high-school student in the U.S. provided a small three-wheel truck to provide a means to move produce on the farm property and between the farm and Dar es Salaam. The next year the same student raised funds to drill a well-to provide a clean, year-round water supply. The well not only provides water so agriculture can be sustained through the dry season, a tap was provided so people from nearby villages can access clean water.

Two people filling buckets with water

Dar es Salaam Nursery School

In 2021, the first Family Hui nursery school was established among our East Africa Initiative countries. Subsequently, two more schools have been established in Dar es Salaam and are being operated in a self-sustaining manner. The model is to start these schools in impoverished areas where schools do not exist, with each school serving approximately 50 children. The schools operate at below-normal school tuitions so that tuition does not stand as an impediment for parents to enroll their children. Sponsorships are therefore valued (as they are at schools in Rwanda and Uganda). Because each school is located within urban areas with limited parks and playgrounds, the schools double as local urban parks. An ongoing need exists to provide or replenish playground equipment and apparatus.

Leadership in Tanzania

Geofrey Rucho

Geofrey Rucho

L4T Tanzania Executive Director

Lead4Tomorrow operates programs in following East Africa countries: