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Jifundishe is a registered non-governmental organization which funds and manages projects for community development that provide educational opportunities to people living in rural villages in Tanzania. The organization was founded in 2004 and since its inception has successfully implemented projects at libraries, orphanages, schools, health clinics and community centers.

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The Jifundishe Free Library

Several years ago, the founding members of Jifundishe coordinated donations of supplies and resources from the United States and Tanzania and in November of 2005 opened the doors to the Imbaseni Free Library. The small, two room library provided books and gazettes and hosted specialized programs such as eye clinics, malaria prevention workshops, children’s reading¬† programs, dental clinics, and writing workshops. The Imbaseni Free

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About us

Jifundishe (pronounced “JEE foon DEE shay”) is the Swahili word meaning “teach yourself.” We are a grass roots organization, registered in Tanzania, that creates meaningful and collaborative change in rural Tanzanian communities through education and opportunity.¬† In the United States, Jifundishe operates in collaboration with Project A.B.L.E., a 501c3 non-profit, and it is through this wonderful partnership that we are able to accept tax-deductible

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What we do

Jifundishe supports projects that benefit the rural communities of the Arumeru District of Tanzania. Supporting clinics, libraries, and other facilities that promote literacy and education is part of our mission to provide educational opportunities in rural villages.


Anande Mirisho

Anande Mirisho is Jifundishe’s Managing Director!  Anande has brought her incredible efforts and insights to Jifundishe’s programs and mission since 2004.  She previously served on the Executive Committee, and has been instrumental in mentoring and steering our programming for women and girls.  Anande is from the village of Maji ya Chai, and she thoroughly understands the challenges and changes within the local educational system.  Anande

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Our May Higher Learning Fund Recipients

Jifundishe is proud to support three outstanding young men as they seek their degrees at local universities. Lazaro Mbise, our 2015 recipient is currently studying at Jordan University College and is in an education program there. This year, we selected Amani Peter and Lameck Wilson for our May scholarships. Amani is at Cardinal Rugamawa Memorial University and Lameck is attending Makumira University. Amani is studying

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Meet Lizybeth Julius!

Liz is one of our awesome Jifundishe Free Library staff members. She has been with us for over seven years and is in the library every day to help patrons and students with their needs. She is an expert at online applications for national exams and helps anyone who needs it when they are working in our Sudler Lab. This year, we have introduced

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Sudi Abdallah

Sudi Abdallah joined the Jifundishe Executive Committee three years ago after working with us on Houston Scholarship Fund administration for two years. Sudi is an Occupational Therapist and has a private practice in Arusha, working mostly with children. What Sudi likes most about his job is the invention and creation of tools and implements that help the physically disabled to lead normal lives. What

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