Board Opportunities

Project Zawadi


Project Zawadi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit started in 2000. Working from our home-base in the rural village community of Nyamuswa, located in the Mara region of northwestern Tanzania, Project Zawadi has a goal of significantly improving educational quality, safety, and access in our program areas. Project Zawadi pursues this goal and supports our mission through three main program areas: Student Sponsorship, Tenda Teachers, and Model Schools.

Student Sponsorship: Over 680 students have been supported through the Sponsorship Program since Project Zawadi’s founding in 2000. Today, there are 248 actively sponsored students at 48 schools studying at all levels from primary through university, as well as a variety of vocational training and apprenticeship programs. Taking a student-centered approach is at the very heart of our programming.

Tenda Teachers: Teachers in Tanzania face a variety of difficult professional challenges, particularly in rural areas such as Nyamuswa. Routinely fast-tracked through accelerated training programs, teachers face school conditions commonly including a greater than 50:1 teacher-student ratio and shortages of basic items such as classroom space, desks, textbooks, teaching materials, electricity, and water supply. In seeking to improve the quality of teaching and learning, the Tenda Teachers program addresses the gap in training and professional development available to teachers both in the immediate Nyamuswa area and nationwide.

Model Schools: Directed by an intensive community and school planning initiative, the Model Schools program supports the vision each community has of a model, high-quality educational institution for their children. Currently working with a pilot group of four government primary schools, Project Zawadi and the communities are pooling our knowledge, resources, personnel, and energy to address infrastructure, teaching materials, staff professional development, student and family support, and academic and career counseling needs.

Strategic Priorities

Project Zawadi’s current focus is on the following objectives:

  1. Sponsorship Program: Deepening the support for sponsored students through parental support, expanding apprenticeship opportunities, and developing additional lifeskills training opportunities.
  2. Tenda Teachers Program: Field testing the prototype professional development program created for primary school teachers and adjusting the content, pace, and delivery based on feedback from participants.
  3. Model Schools: Completing the community planning process and identifying priorities and timelines for the first four Model Schools.
  4. Ensuring the organization is fiscally sound and able to financially support these programmatic efforts.

Annual budget: $380,000 – Foundations, Individual Contributions


Project Zawadi is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications

Project Zawadi seeks Board members with diverse perspectives and community connections (especially East African), leadership abilities, and interest in international development, education, and non-profit management, in addition to skills in fundraising, communications, or financial management.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday in February, June, and September from 7-9 pm in St. Paul. Additionally, there is a full-day annual meeting workshop the third Saturday in April from 8:30 am-3:30 pm in Minneapolis and a holiday meeting the second Saturday in December from 9-11 am in St. Paul. Board Members participate in at least one committee which typically meets 3-4 times per year on a schedule set at a time convenient to committee members.


  • Number of members currently: 11
  • Meeting time and frequency:  5 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: St. Paul


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
  • Length of Term: 3 Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? No

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253 Duke Street St. Paul, MN 55102


Partnering with communities, schools, and teachers to support quality education for Tanzanian children and youth.