Amani’s Sponsorship Program

How does sponsorship work at Amani? Sponsorship plans cover the costs of both a scholarship to the local private school (including tuition, materials, and transport) as well as a child’s place at Amani (food, childcare, medical and personal needs).

Costs vary based on plan tier. We ask for a minimum of a five-year commitment, and a full year notice of any changes in support.

This allows us to make sure a child can bond with and feel secure in their relationship with their sponsor(s). It also prevents interruptions in a child’s education due to a sudden drop of support.

We believe that every scholar should be matched with a sponsor(s) to foster a mentor-mentee relationship that encourages academic success and accountability. Our goal is to have every child in our care directly supported. Sponsorship is prioritized on the basis of 1. student need and 2. student effort.

This empowers students to feel a sense of agency and achievement, rather than that they are the recipients of pity or aid. Sponsors are cheerleaders, not saviors.

Our Options:

1:1 MATCHING (“the mentor”)

A child is matched with a single sponsor, who provides complete coverage for one child’s residential, personal, and education needs. It is a comprehensive scholarship to ensure a child is supported year after year. (Cost varies but is approximately $1,200 USD per year). Sponsors receive bi-annual updates and thank yous. 

1:2-3 MATCHING (“the team”)

Multiple donors chip in to support one child’s wellbeing and academic success. This means the cost is lower for each individual donor (either $400 or $600 per year). Sponsors may team up together or may be assigned to a child who needs another member on their team. This is a great option for those who want to support a student, but cannot commit to the full cost alone. Sponsors receive bi-annual updates and thank yous. 

AMANI MEMBERSHIP

If you want to support children at Amani, but cannot afford or commit to an annual sponsorship, you can purchase a center membership for your choice of $5-25 per month (higher contributions also accepted). Rather than supporting a single child, this money is contributed to an educational fund that covers the costs of unsponsored children and provides emergency academic support. Members receive annual updates and thank yous.

Child Sponsorship FAQ

Amani receives estimated costs of education for the upcoming year from each private school between November and December. Once these estimates received and at-center support calculated, our site manager will send an invoice requesting donations within two weeks time. Payments are made in full between December and January.

Payments may be made via GlobalGiving, and are matched to an existing sponsorship account. We ask that you include $36 to cover the processing and transfer costs. Amani provides confirmation of all donations received via the Global Giving Platform.

All sponsors receive letters and grade reports twice a year, June and November/December via email.

Absolutely. We encourage regular personal communication to strengthen relationships. You may send an email message, pictures and scanned letters to be translated. You may also coordinate periodic phone or video conversations via WhatsApp with our site manager and your child based on both of your schedules. Please note we ask for a small financial contribution at your discretion to offset the costs of phone/video data.

We discouraged mailed packages, as they are subject to search and taxation by the Tanzanian government, and international mailing may be unreliable. Instead, you may reach out to our site manager, who can describe an appropriate gift for your child’s needs, age and interests. You may donate the cost and the item will be purchased on-site in Tanzania.

The Amani Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-deductible within the United States of America.

At Amani children are awarded scholarships. Though these are not contingent on academic success, the support recognizes hard work, encourages diligence, and provides accountability for each student. For the children, a “sponsor” is explained as a person in another country who believes in them, cares about them, and wants to help them achieve their goals. A sponsor is a fan, a cheerleader, and someone who will always be in their corner. We discourage the use of “rescue language” that diminishes the individual agency of the student and creates a dynamic of savourism.

Education System in Tanzania 2-7-4-2-3

  • Pre-Primary School(kindergarten)

    2 Years of pre-primary followed by 7 years of primary school.

    Duration: 2 years
    Starting age: 5 yearrs old

  • Primary School Education

    Objectives of primary school are to give students basic skills and abilities in reading, writing, and arithmetic and the extent that they can use such skills in solving pertinent problems in life; and identify learners with the capacity to continue with secondary education and other training institutions.

    Duration: 7 years
    Starting Age: 7 years old

  • Secondary School Education - Ordinary Level

    Certificate awarded
    Ordinary Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

    Duration: 4 years
    Starting Age: 15 - 17 years old

  • Secondary School Education - Advance Level

    Certificate awarded
    Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE)

    Duration: 2 years
    Starting Age: 18- 20 years old

  • Vocational Training - Certificate

    Requires Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

    Duration: 2 years

  • Vocational Training - Full Technician Certificate

    Requires Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) or 2-year post-secondary vocational Certificate for admission

    Duration: 1 year

  • Tertiary

    Tertiary education takes a minimum of 3 years, at a wide variety of institutions under the control of the ministry of higher education.

    Duration: 3-5 years