Woman in Mahenge Chikwera. Photo: Caritas Australia.


With your help, in Tanzania we support programs that provide clean water and sanitation, increase awareness of HIV and AIDS, improve food security, and reduce the impact of droughts and floods.

Our work in Tanzania

We believe everyone deserves a bright future, free from poverty and injustice. Around a third of the population of Tanzania live below the poverty line. A lack of employment opportunities, water scarcity, widespread disease and poor nutrition all combine to challenge the nation’s development. We work in Tanzania to alleviate some of these conditions and help communities to build sustainable futures (source...World Bank).


We have been working with local communities in Tanzania since 1989


We support one program through one local partner in Tanzania


Food security, sustainable agriculture, HIV and AIDS awareness, disaster risk reduction

Program snapshot

Malawi and Tanzania Integrated Community Development Program

Tawonga is the youngest of six children and was born with one weaker leg, so she walks with the aid of crutches. Her siblings also used to push her three kilometres to school in a donated wheelchair. Pictured with Caritas Australia staff member, Scott Martin. Photo: Pilirani Chimombo.

Running since: 2016

Partner Agencies: Diocese of Mbulu Development Department

Aims: Increasing food security, improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services

Who it is for: Marginalised communities in Malawi and Tanzania


  • So far, the program has increased access to clean water for over 5,000 people.
  • Nearly 7,000 people now have hand-washing facilities, soap, and other cleaning products in their homes.
  • Access to basic services helps foster an increased sense of dignity and improves people’s capacity to change their own lives.
  • Distributed masks, hygiene kits, shared preventive health messages and conducted training sessions during COVID-19 pandemic.

Fact: This program is expected to impact nearly 100,000 people within 5 years

Along with your generous support, this program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). 

More background

Although Tanzania has experienced relatively high economic growth over the last decade, it struggles with high poverty rates, chronic malnutrition and poor access to basic services.

Food insecurity and water scarcity are widespread. Threats of crop failure due to drought are high, with the nation experiencing chronic food shortages. Only around half of the population has access to safe drinking water.

Poverty: Around 13 million Tanzanians live in poverty. The nation’s slow pace of urbanisation and lack of employment opportunities makes it difficult for people to change their situation. Government efforts to expand access to education, health and water have been undermined by their declining quality, as Malawi’s population rises faster than the supply of the services.

HIV and AIDS and preventable diseases challenge development in Tanzania. Malaria affects millions annually, and health clinics are often inaccessible due to a lack of transport or availability (sources...UNICEF, The World Bank).

You can help

With your generous support, our work in Tanzania improves food security and sustainable agriculture initiatives, increases access to clean water and hygiene services, provides HIV and AIDS awareness programs, and reduces the impact of natural disasters.

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