The process of moving from an NGO/donor model to a social investment business model has not been an easy one in Tanzania. Despite meeting challenges, TMT UK has succesfully transitioned all our remaining educational support work for our registered orphans, to be delivered through a new educational welfare department now based at Kyela Polytechnic College. This new department began operating in August 2014.

KPC remains in the hands of the management committee and is being governed by a strengthened board of local directors who are committed to ensuring the College remain fully accountable to the Kyela community. William Fulton, The Mango Tree UK Chair of Trustees, remains the chairman of the KPC board.

The College is steadily becoming a tremendous facility providing hundreds of young people, from this rural marginalised area of Tanzania, with access to a variety of skills and qualifications. The KPC has already seen £1.02million of investment – every penny of which was funding earmarked by donors to the College. An additional £200,000 remains to be invested on equipment. This will ensure the College can flourish and provide orphans and the wider community with a vocational facility that is a beacon for local development. The Principal, Salatiel Mwakyambiki hopes to achieve financial independent status by September 2016. 

One recent innovation at KPC is a class for deaf students. A former beneficiary, who is totally deaf, has persuaded the KPC management to start a class for 26 deaf students, teaching them both sign language and vocational skills. This has been very well received in the local community. More about this in our next Annual Report later this year.