"We are all meant to shine, as children do!"

Nelson Mandela

Our visions and goals

We have a huge heart for children, therefore, the name of our association is WATOYO Tanzania e.V.. The name consists of the two words “Moyo” and “Watoyo”, Kiswahili for heart and children. 

Our main objective is the improvement of the living conditions for the supported children and youth, we want them to look confidently and positively into their future. Our work focuses on the fields of education, health and nutrition. Education is particularly important to us, in order to give children a solid basis and the qualification they need for further training. 

As a priority, we want to provide long-term support for children and adolescents in need from educationally disadvantaged areas, with the aim to give them access to educational opportunities. This purpose is based on our conviction, that general education is key for an independent and self-determined life. 

We campaign for an equal development cooperation between us, as an association in Germany, and the two projects in Tanzania. We attach great importance to the promotion of intercultural exchange and try to improve the appreciation for diversity in Germany by doing that. For a greater world in which everyone has equal opportunities for growth and development.


Our motivation?

The large number of people with a non-educational background in Arusha prompted us to found the non-profit association WATOYO Tanzania e.V.. The two projects we support currently, are both working on their visions with unlimited dedication.
WATOYO Tanzania e.V. campaigns for giving every human the opportunity to improve the own abilities and to get encouraged by doing this. We act after the principle “helping people help themselves”. Therefore, education is our greatest objective and we follow the guiding principle inspired by Maria Montessori:

" Be brave and take your life into your own hands, we will support you!"

What is our work based on?


In 2015, all member states of the united nations adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Every nations objective is to solve the global challenges united. For a world, in which everyone acts ecologically compatible, socially just and economically efficient. For that purpose, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals got defined.
These goals are indivisible, mutually dependent and should be achieved by all countries by 2030. Mainly, these goals are set to lead to a world without hunger and poverty, a world which provides prosperity for everyone, a world in which the environmental boundaries get respected, a world in which peace and human rights are ensured and everyone assures responsibility for an sustainable development in a global alliance.

"Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie" (Bundesregierung, 2018)
"Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie" (Bundesregierung, 2018)

We are aware of our responsibility towards our project partners and act in accordance with the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goals as well. Thus, we contribute to a sustainable development.

We primarily pursue the first six goals:

  • End poverty in all its form everywhere
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
„We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.“
Ban-Ki Moon

What does that mean in particular?

The main goal is the long-term improvement of living conditions, to make children and adolescents look ahead strengthened and positively. For being able to support children and young adults in Arusha, we strive the following concretely:

Securing the basic needs of children and adolescents

Balanced diet, adequate drinking water, suitable clothing, health promotion and an appropriate place to play and learn

Support for Mwanga Children´s Foundation

Ensuring the payment of the monthly rent and teachers/ nannies wages; weekly purchases of food such as vegetables, fruits, meat and water; assistance with the acquisition of necessary goods such as school supplies, toys, toothbrushes; absorption of costs for medical purpose

Establishment of a sponsorship program

A program designed to emerge sponsorships for disadvantaged children who are currently attending the institutions we support. We want to provide early assistance to build a long-term relationship between sponsor and child. The programs objective is to find sponsors for children, who leave the Mwanga Children´s Foundation 

Employee training

For improving the educational and organizational work, it is one of our major goals to enable employees and managers of the two institutions ´to undergo further training. Due to the very short training of staff in the educational sector in Tanzania, there is a lack of knowledge of pedagogical and didactic skills among the teachers and nannies. Good and well-founded education depends heavily on the teacher’s abilities, we want to improve these skills constantly.

Helping people help themselves

Joint developments of structures and strategies to help the institutions to become less and less dependent from external donors. Part of this ambition is, that the project managers and employees are convinced of the goals themselves. Only a joint negotiation process about the wishes and needs of the facility, as well as clarity about the personal responsibility every employee has, can lead to a successful realization of the projects. We clearly do not just want to let donations flow.

Acquisition of local firms

The attempt to cooperate with larger firms and companies in Arusha. The intention is, to get national financial support and to enter into collaborations with Tanzanian donors, which provide goods (clothes or food) at a reduced rate.

Intercultural exchange and appreciation of diversity in Germany

We see ourselves as a bridge between the different cultures, between people from different countries and between supporters and people in need. Due to educational and informational work in Germany, a cultural exchange and bilateral awareness-raising is sought. The aim is a cooperation with German educational institutions. For us, the cooperation is an exchange of ways of living, an opportunity to raise awareness of cultural differences and to build intercultural competence.