Partnering with Tanzania

Since 2004, Scottsdale Bible Church has had a relationship with two communities in Tanzania: Mairowa and Kondoa.

We have built a primary school in each community where we provide Christian education in English. SBC continues to work with our Tanzanian partners toward community development and self-reliance. In 2005, a well was dug in Mairowa, enabling a consistent supply of inexpensive, clean water to the village. An agriculture project was initiated at both schools to support the children’s feeding program. And in 2011, solar power was installed at the school in Mairowa to expand the teaching and learning possibilities for the students, teachers, and community. In 2022, computer labs were established in both schools.

SBC supports the operational costs of the primary schools through a Child Sponsorship Program. For more information, please contact Bonnie Lathrop or Frank Thomas.

Sponsor a Child Now

If you already sponsor a child, click the donate button to set up or make a regular payment. You can also click Sponsor Portal to view your profile.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring a child in Tanzania can be a life-changing experience. You can provide an education, nutritious food, health care and a hopeful future. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Sponsor a primary or secondary student. Students attend our primary schools for nine years, secondary school for four years, and hopefully continue on to vocational college or university. We have children throughout the year who need sponsors. See the current students needing sponsors here.
  • Provide a Boarding School Dorm Kit. Your $100 donation will provide all the items a new secondary student will need to live in a dorm for four years. To give, log in here. Enter the amount and select “Tanzania Secondary School” from the “Sub-Fund” dropdown.
  • Donate to our Tanzania College Scholarship Fund. Vocational school or university is critical to launching a student into a job that will provide for their future. If an existing sponsor can’t continue on or afford the full cost, your one-time or recurring gift can help a student further their education. To give, log in here. Enter the amount and select “TZ College Scholarships” from the “Sub-Fund” dropdown.
  • Visit our schools in Tanzania. See first-hand the power of a good education in the lives of our students and their communities. Contact us to learn about upcoming trips to Tanzania.

Check out our latest newsletter for stories and information about sponsorship.

Tanzania Sponsorship

More than 800 students are enrolled in our two schools, where they receive an excellent education and learn about the Bible and Jesus’ love for them. Both schools produce some of the highest performing students in the district. The children receive two meals each school day, which is often the only food they receive for the week.

Each child needs a sponsor. Your support helps meet your sponsored child’s basic nutrition and health care needs, and provides a quality biblical education that will prepare him or her for a transformed future. As a sponsor of one of our primary school students, you agree to give $60/month per child, pray for your child, and send cards or letters with one of our teams. Download a letter template you may use.

Once a child graduates from our primary school, the cost for secondary school is $85/month. Then the cost for advanced schooling or vocational training varies, but is typically $600-$1500 annually. Dual sponsorship is available for higher cost secondary education.

We encourage all sponsors to consider joining one of our short-term mission teams to meet their child and his or her family.

New children are always being added to the program. See the current students who need sponsors here.

Secondary School

  • Students who graduate from seventh grade in our two primary schools will go on to Secondary School for four years (Forms 1-4.) SBC doesn’t operate our own secondary school, but we have vetted several private schools that provide an excellent education. Once students graduate from Form 4, several options are open to them. If they have performed well, they may go on to complete two more years of secondary school called A levels, and then possibly university. If their scores are not high enough, they may attend a vocational college where they can pursue careers in education, tourism, healthcare, or skilled jobs.
  • Currently, we have over 700 students who are enrolled in secondary or vocational school or university. Our hope is that current sponsors of primary students will continue their support through this final step, as it is critical to launching a student into a job that will provide for their future. Without sponsors, these students would not have the incredible opportunity to continue their education from primary school. They now understand the value of a good education to help them rise above the grip of poverty and realize their dreams for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country.

Dorm Project

In 2018, we received a special Elder’s Fund offering to build a dormitory for adolescent girls who attend our Mairowa school in Tanzania. The details and need were shared in this video, The offering raised approximately $300,000, which has covered the building costs as well as initial staffing for the dorm. We’re excited to report the dorm is finished and opened in January 2019. It now provides a safe and comfortable place for the girls to live, study and thrive as they experience God’s love and care for them. We praise God for the opportunity to meet this need!

Kondoa Integrity School

Kondoa Integrity School (KIS) opened in January 2006 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Kondoa, a town of 20,000 predominantly Muslim people in central Tanzania. A student’s education at KIS begins with two years of preschool and kindergarten to begin the transition to learning English. There are approximately 60 children in each grade level.

Mairowa Integrity School

Mairowa Integrity School (MIS) opened in January 2008 as the first English speaking, private primary school in Mairowa, a village of 3,000 predominantly Maasai people in northern Tanzania without electricity or running water. A student’s education at MIS begins with two years of preschool to provide a transition from Maa, the Maasai language, to English. There are approximately 30 children in each grade level.