The Arusha Children’s Trust was founded in December 1999 by Tropical Trails.
During a trek operated by Tropical Trails on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in 1997, participants recognized the need for a project that would directly assist rural communities, primarily children, by improving access to education and health programs, increasing the awareness of environmental issues and preserving culture and tradition. It was for this purpose that the Arusha Children’s Trust was created.
The guiding principle of the charity is to develop a sustainable way of assisting in those areas in which Tropical Trails operates (the Arusha and Rift Valley regions) without creating a dependence on tourism revenue or diluting the cultural heritage of rural communities.
The Arusha Children’s Trust actively and directly supports the children in the Arusha and Rift Valley regions of Tanzania through enhancing education, improving health awareness, increasing knowledge of environmental conservation and upholding the traditions and culture of people within the region. Specifically, the Trust:
provides educational materials, classroom furniture and sports equipment
builds new classrooms and teachers’ houses
sends teachers on training courses
runs a youth and secondary schools program
operates a kindergarten and community centre