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Tanzania Development Trust
Tanzania Development Trust
Saving girls from FGM in Tanzania

Saving girls from FGM in Tanzania

Why we need your help

Since 2014, Tanzania Development Trust has played an active role in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in rural Tanzania through our local rep Rhobi Samwelly. By donating through TDT, you can support her work and goal to bring the practice to an end.

TDT's work is carried out through Rhobi's NGO Hope for Girls and Women (HGWT). Rhobi’s personal experience of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child inspired her lifelong commitment to fight for the rights of girls and women.

HGWT runs two safe houses located in the Butiama and Serengeti Districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania, which shelter and support those fleeing FGM, child marriage, and other forms of gender based violence.  In the peak 'cutting season' at the end of 2019, Hope sheltered more than 300 girls in danger of undergoing FGM.  Most of these girls are returned to their families after the immediate danger has passed, but for a proportion, safe return is not possible and they must continue to be accommodated at the camps.

Rhobi Samwelly performs anti-FGM outreach workHope also carries out extensive education and outreach programmes, challenging perceptions and traditions to encourage a lasting change in customs. 

Funding is an ever present challenge.  Hope receives no official funding from Government sources, and all its costs are met by voluntary donations and support.   Ongoing costs average more than £1,500 per week.

Whatever you can donate will make a difference.  And every donation receives the TDT promise:  100% of all donations received will be spent on the project.

If you represent an organisation interested in supporting Hope: if you would like to join the International Support Group, or discuss other means of getting involved, please contact Janet Chapman at 

Learn more about Rhobi's work on Hope's website


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Charlotte Drew

Climbing Kilimanjaro


Jan 11, 2021


In memory of Elizabeth Fennell and all the wonderful work she had inspired with the Tanzania Development Trust,

(plus 39.50 giftaid)

Jul 20, 2020



Jun 06, 2020

Jennifer Hamlin Church

This gift is especially in honor of Ruth Edwards (who has kindly shared a wonderful print of cockerells with me), and Julian and Ann Marcus (who have worked tirelessly in this area for many years). I am proud to call them all family!


May 12, 2020

James Franklyn

I am dedicating my donation to Ajahn Jayasaro who has been an enormous inspiration to me. Thank you xx

(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Feb 12, 2020

Katie Severn

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jan 23, 2020

Jean D

Brave children. Brave women. May your work one day be unnecessary. Very best of wishes for all

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Jan 01, 2020


(plus 1.50 giftaid)

Dec 30, 2019


In honor of Ruth Edwards.


Dec 28, 2019



Dec 25, 2019


Good job Henrik!


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