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Project Zawadi Incorporated

aka Project Zawadi   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.projectzawadi.org

Mission

To Ensure Tanzanian Children And Youth Have Access To A Quality Education.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Brian Singer

Main address

253 Duke Street

Saint Paul, MN 55102 USA

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EIN

06-1629249

NTEE code info

International Educational Development (Q34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The barriers to a quality education in rural Tanzania are many. Students in rural areas face larger barriers to progression through academic tracks and are often poorly situated to attain life and career skills that will improve their quality of life. Key barriers that Project Zawadi seeks to address through our three program areas include: Students Lack of student support for most vulnerable students (ie. uniforms, school supplies, school fees, academic and career counseling, extracurricular opportunities). Schools Inadequate infrastructure (ie. overcrowding or lack of classrooms, teachers’ housing, desks, water, sanitation, dormitories) Teachers Sub-par classroom experience (ie. too few teachers, over-crowded classrooms, under-trained teachers, outdated teaching styles, little teacher professional support)

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sponsorship Program

Student Sponsorship ensures equitable access to education for vulnerable students. Students are selected by teachers and village leadership based on need. They are provided school fees, uniforms, supplies, and ongoing mental health and academic mentoring from professional female counselors. To date, Project Zawadi has sponsored 812 students and currently supports approximately 300 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Model Schools program works with communities and schools to ensure students have a productive, safe, and enjoyable day at school. To achieve this, the program empowers task forces of local community members to develop a vision and implement activities. This program addresses the following needs: school infrastructure, enrichment activities, girls' empowerment, student hunger, student safety, and leadership development.

To date, Model Schools have implemented school farms and school club programs, and completed many construction projects (classrooms, toilets, teacher housing units, dormitories, kitchens, water collection systems, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Tenda Teachers brings internationally recognized teaching standards into the context of Tanzanian classrooms through a comprehensive professional development program for public school teachers. Training modules are reviewed and vetted by Tanzanian educators.

The Tenda Teacher program is currently being delivered to all teachers in the Chamriho Division of Bunda District in Mara Region. The Chamriho Division has 356 teachers at 41 schools, impacting nearly 27,000 students.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Sponsorship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students in all levels from primary through university and vocational.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Sponsorship Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sponsorship includes school fees, uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, and for boarding students room, board, and travel. (*2018 only partial amounts due to change in organization's fiscal year)

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Contributions in 2017 did not include a special secondary capital campaign as had occurred in 2014-2016. 2018 is only partial (5 months) due to change in organization's fiscal year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Project Zawadi seeks to significantly improve educational quality, safety, and access in the Nyamuswa area of Tanzania.

Students
Continue sponsoring students, strengthening programs and evaluate options for improving outcomes.
Improve academic and career counseling.

Schools
Engage closely with local communities and build on the energy of existing good leaders.
Seek and promote partnerships and build a coalition of service providers to design and implement a holistic approach to improving the quality of six Nyamuswa area schools (four primary and two secondary)
Create five-year development plans for each school and leverage resources locally, nationally, and internationally

Teachers
Support teacher professional development
Develop training materials using an active learning, student centered approach, conduct physical and e-trainings, and develop networks of school and ward support.
Nurture the creation of a national alliance of education professionals seeking to promote and share teacher professional development best practices.

Improve organizational infrastructure to support quality and growth

Project Zawadi's 20-year history in the Nyamuswa, Tanzania community has nurtured close school and community connections. The organization is well-known and recognized both locally and nationally for our work in education in the area. There is a history of successful collaboration in supporting student sponsorship, teacher training activities, infrastructure projects, and material supplies of teaching and learning aids.

Project Zawadi has a highly-qualified local staff. In addition, there are two USA-based administrative staff to support in-country activities, fundraising, and financial oversight.

The Board is composed of Tanzanians, education experts & well-respected professionals in the fields of finance and international development.

Students
-818 total students sponsored at every level of schooling from primary through university as well as vocational training.
-Providing student counseling and academic advising support services that coordinate with student, family, teachers, and schools.
-Providing apprenticeship oppertunities for students who don't continue with traditional schooling.
-Providing empowerment clubs and camps for primary and secondary school students.

Schools
-Worked with 108 schools in supporting sponsored students.
-Formal agreements with nine Core Schools.
-Formal agreements with four Model Schools.
-Projects completed (13 classrooms, 3 dormitories, 8 teachers house units, 2 offices, 28 toilets, 1 kitchen/storage, 2 water collection/storage tank, 4 vocational workshops, 15 little libraries, 9 classroom renovations, 3 teacher office renovations, 145 student desks, 3 borehole drillings)

Teachers
Teacher trainings implemented across 41 primary schools (training 407 teachers)
11 E-modules developed
Handbook on Active Teaching and Learning Compiled
13 cooperating agencies organizing Alliance

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Project Zawadi Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ian Keith


Board co-chair

Ms. Lisa Goochee

Brian Singer

Neighborhood Development Corporation

Ian Keith

St. Paul Public Schools

Ron Aminzade

University of Minnesota

HT Fish

No Affiliation

Ron Aminzade

University of Minnesota

Scott Moore

Stadia Ventures

Lisa Goochee

No Affiliation

Alison Ford

Independent Consultant

Teshite Wako

Maati Accounting and Financial Services, African Economic Development Solutions

Annie Kneedler

Cargill

Chris Ritter

Teach for American, Outcome Advisors

Diane Ruonavaara

Michigan State University

Judith Merinyo

Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, Plaster House

Sabina Mugassa

Bethel University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.