Project information

Mara Safe Training House for girls at risk of FGM

We are working with the local community to build a Safe House in the Mara region of Tanzania for girls at risk of FGM where they will be able to learn a trade to support themselves. FGM carries huge health risks to girls and 50% of girls in this area are still at risk, despite successful campaigns.

June 2014 - June 2017

Charity information: Tanzania Development Trust

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  • Need


    50% of girls in Tanzania's Mara region are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with consequent risks of infection, mental trauma, difficulties with menstruation, urinary problems and later problems during pregnancy and delivery of babies, with a higher than average rate of still-born babies. We have had success in taking a team of actors, singers and dancers into the villages to put on performances and role plays which entertain but also give a clear message of the harm that FGM does.


    Despite the success we are having in changing attitudes to FGM in the area, there is a desperate need for a SAFE HOUSE to which girls who want to escape from FGM can come. This will provide a home for 20 girls at a time who will learn skills such as word processing, carpentry and dressmaking so that they can earn their own living. The attached training centre will be open to all young people from the local community, with some places reserved for the disabled.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up a Safe House and Vocational Training Centre in Mugumu in the Serengeti District of Tanzania


    » Build and equip 10 bedooms plus a toilet and bathroom all powered by solar panels.
    » Build two classrooms and equip with computers, sewing machines and carpentry tools.
    » Recruit and train a matron and vocational teachers
    » Continue with regular outreach performances in the surrounding villages to change attitudes to FGM and publicise Safe House.

    What success will look like

    •20 girls are safely accommodated in the Safe House
    •450 girls and 200 boys from Serengeti District are enrolled in the vocational training centre

  • Impact


    Our efforts so far have started convincing the community of the health dangers and implications of FGM and alerted girls that they do have rights over their bodies. With this funding we are confident that we can turn the tide against FGM in this area and so protect thousands of girls from this barbaric, life threatening practice.


    Tanzania Development Trust has 39 years’ experience in running community projects such as this and a robust system of monitoring visits.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £64,990

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,196 Safe House construction Construction of 20 bed ‘Safe House’ with accommodation for matron, toilets and showers
      £5,166 Safe House equipment Beds, Mattresses, Cupboards and other furniture
      £12,948 Kitchen and dining room Construction and equipping
      £11,041 Vocational training centre Construction of 2 classrooms and teachers' office
      £8,701 Equipment for VTC Equipment, sewing machines, computers and peripherals, furniture
      £10,938 Water and power Solar panels and water harvesting System, storage tanks, drains and plumbing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    TDT reserves £6,980 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Safe House will serve a remote area of Tanzania’s Mara region on the east of Lake Victoria. Most people are farmers living on less than £2 a day. There are no tarred roads and few places are connected to electricity. Communications with the rest of Tanzania are very poor.


    The girls who are able to escape from the horrors of FGM in the safe house and the young people who are able to learn a trade in the vocational centre and so lift themselves out of poverty.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TDT has 39 years’ experience of funding projects in Tanzania and extremely strong links with the local community. We a run by volunteers so have no running costs and every pound donated goes directly to the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mama Rhobi Samwelly,

    Rhobi , a local Anglican, has been campaigning against FGM for the last 5 years with a team of performers and already had great success .

After FGM at 9 I was married at 12. I faced a difficult labour when I became pregnant at 14. I was operated on but my child died.

Bhoke Marwa