Project information

Chole Kindergarten

Infants on Chole benefit from a Montessori kindergarten, getting a good educational start in life, a guarantee of a balanced nutritious meal a day and regular health checks to ensure early diagnosis of eg parasites.


Charity information

Chole Mjini Trust Fund

Chole Mjini Trust Fund logo
  • Need


    The Chole kindergarten has been very generously supported with £5,000 annually by an individual who has now retired and is unable to continue such support. The Trustees are seeking a long term solution to guarantee on-going funding.


    The Trustees are seeking a solution in 2 phases:

    1. The remedy the immediate shortfall in 2015 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, to ensure the kindergarten does not have to close.

    2. To use the breathing space provided to find long term replacement donors.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that the infant children of the Chole community continue to benefit from a kindergarten.


    » Apply for the Big Give Christmas challenge to meet the short term, immediate requirement.
    » At the same time, in parallel, to seek long term donors and benefactors.

    Success will be achieved if the kindergarten remains open, staffed by qualified Montessori teachers and providing meals and health checks.

  • Impact


    The kindergarten provides a start in life to children in the Chole community which would be unimaginable if it did not exist. There is some statistical evidence that children who attend the kindergarten may achieve better outcomes in secondary school, and also that they are healthier as a consequence of having one balanced meal a day and early diagnosis of endemic health conditions such as parasites.


    The risk is that the kindergarten can no longer be funded and has to close.


    The Trust publishes regular newsletters and has a website, and also has a policy of always responding to donor (and other) emails. An annual budget and audited accounts of expenditure in Tanzania are also available.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,375

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Head teacher Salary for head teacher
      £950 Assistant teacher Salary for assistant teacher
      £700 Language teacher Salary for language teacher
      £1,800 Meals 70 children daily x 10 months pa
      £725 Cooks Self explanatory
  • Background


    Chole Island in the Mafia Administrative District of Tanzania, about 150km south of Dar es Salaam.


    Chole is the location for an unusual long term development project aimed at self sufficiency. The island has a population of 1200 and is very poor, with subsistence farming. The only employment is provided by a small 6 room tourist lodge. There is no mains electricity and single standpipe for fresh water. The project is achieving great success - in 2013 8 young people from the community attended university.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    No other charity or organisation is supporting the Chole community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anne De Villiers

    Anne de Villiers, who lives on Chole, developed the concept of the Chole project, and especially the commitment to develop self sufficiency, in 1997.

    Harambee Committee

    The committee from the community itself which establishes the priorities that the Trust, subject to UK charity law, seeks to fund.

    Kindegarten Staff

    The commitment and expertise of the staff of the Chole kindergarten is absolutely central to the success. They get regular refresher training.