Our Impact

Karimu currently works within a relatively small area, but has made a huge impact there.

30% reduction of stomach related diseases in school-age children

Karimu brought clean water within 500 meters (~8 minutes walk) of every household in the region of Ayalagaya. This led to a 30% reduction of stomach related diseases in school-age children and a subsequent increase in school attendance.

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4 hours per day of girls’ time saved by not having to fetch water, now available for education

Time spent fetching water from muddy rivers—work performed largely by girls—is time lost for education. Now that every household has a water point within 500 meters, girls have on average an extra 4 hours per day to dedicate to school tasks.

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Twice as many adults coming for general medical services since 2017

The expansion of health services enabled by the donation of equipment and increased staffing following the construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary made health services much accessible for every household in Ayalagaya and surrounding regions.

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10% increase in girls middle school enrollment

Karimu built special facilities for girls at all schools in Ayalagaya, including a private stall with shower, access to menstrual pads, an incinerator, and an enclosed area to wash and dry clothes if necessary. These facilities enabled girls to attend school during their menstrual periods leading to higher enrollment in middle school as they dramatically increased their performance in primary school.

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50% increase in doctor visits by children below 5yrs since 2017

With the construction of the Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary, health services are available to all villagers within a 30-minute walking distance. This enabled an increase in doctors visits by children by 50%.

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22% more people receiving vaccinations since 2017

The easy access to clinics within a 30-minute walk from every household, the broad education of midwives (highly influential in the community), and the availability of vaccines in all clinics led to an increase in the number of people receiving vaccination from babies to pregnant women.

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80% more women returning for pregnancy check ups since 2017

Karimu’s 10 year investment in educating midwives about the importance of monitoring pregnancy by specialized medical staff combined with the construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary has enabled a dramatic increase in pregnant women attending regular visits with their doctor.

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Twice as many adults coming freely to be tested for HIV since 2017

The construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary with the subsequent expansion of medical services combined with the government educational campaign about HIV eliminated the tabu about the disease, resulting in a much larger number of people seeking treatment.

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30% rise in school enrollment

To improve education, Karimu built schools, provided desks, books, supplies, and sports material, transforming schools into a fun and engaging environment. Additionally, Karimu required implementation of a food program that provides lunch to all students (which for many is the only real meal of the day) created an even bigger incentive to come to school. The combination led to a 30% rise in school enrollment.

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2.5x the secondary school enrollment rate of the national average

After 7 years of primary school, students must take the national exam to be able to go to secondary school. Karimu’s investment in primary education and the qualification of teachers through training and scholarships to obtain university degrees resulted in a dramatic increase in the passing rate. Since 2018, the number of students who passed the national exam was so large that they exceeded the number of slots available at Ayalagaya Secondary School. Karimu had to expand the capacity of Ayalagaya Secondary School to accommodate more students. Today, the average enrollment at secondary school in Ayalagaya is 2.5 times higher than the national average.

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96% increase in pass rate for the Secondary School National Exam

Every Tanzanian student finishing secondary school is required to take the National Exam. Only students that pass the exam with a high grade are allowed to continue their studies into high school and later into university. Those who pass the exam with a lower grade may continue their studies in a professional school. Those who do not pass are not allowed to continue their education. Karimu’s investment in primary education and the qualification of teachers also significantly improved the passing rate at the Secondary School National Exam.

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Girls now outperform their male colleagues

When Karimu arrived in Ayalagaya, 158% more boys than girls passed the National Exam at the end of primary school. (Passing such an exam is a requirement to go to middle school and those who do not pass must stop their education.) Bringing water within 500 meters (~8 minutes walk) of every household in Ayalagaya, the construction of special facilities at the schools for girls to deal with their menstrual periods, and the many years of investment in creating awareness about the importance of education enabled more girls to finish primary school and outperform the boys.

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25% higher savings rate than the national average

Karimu-trained savings group members outperform the national average by 25% in average annual savings per member.

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Higher return on savings rate

Karimu’s well-trained saving groups show a 20% return on savings compared to the national Tanzanian average of 18%.

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Our Impact

Karimu currently works within a relatively small area, but has made a huge impact there.

30% reduction of stomach related diseases in school-age children

Karimu brought clean water within 500 meters (~8 minutes walk) of every household in the region of Ayalagaya. This led to a 30% reduction of stomach related diseases in school-age children and a subsequent increase in school attendance.

back to the top

4 hours per day of girls’ time saved by not having to fetch water, now available for education

Time spent fetching water from muddy rivers—work performed largely by girls—is time lost for education. Now that every household has a water point within 500 meters, girls have on average an extra 4 hours per day to dedicate to school tasks.

back to the top

Twice as many adults coming for general medical services since 2017

The expansion of health services enabled by the donation of equipment and increased staffing following the construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary made health services much accessible for every household in Ayalagaya and surrounding regions.

back to the top

10% increase in girls middle school enrollment

Karimu built special facilities for girls at all schools in Ayalagaya, including a private stall with shower, access to menstrual pads, an incinerator, and an enclosed area to wash and dry clothes if necessary. These facilities enabled girls to attend school during their menstrual periods leading to higher enrollment in middle school as they dramatically increased their performance in primary school.

back to the top

50% increase in doctor visits by children below 5yrs since 2017

With the construction of the Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary, health services are available to all villagers within a 30-minute walking distance. This enabled an increase in doctors visits by children by 50%.

back to the top

22% more people receiving vaccinations since 2017

The easy access to clinics within a 30-minute walk from every household, the broad education of midwives (highly influential in the community), and the availability of vaccines in all clinics led to an increase in the number of people receiving vaccination from babies to pregnant women.

back to the top

80% more women returning for pregnancy check ups since 2017

Karimu’s 10 year investment in educating midwives about the importance of monitoring pregnancy by specialized medical staff combined with the construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary has enabled a dramatic increase in pregnant women attending regular visits with their doctor.

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Twice as many adults coming freely to be tested for HIV since 2017

The construction of Dareda Kati Clinic and Gajal Dispensary with the subsequent expansion of medical services combined with the government educational campaign about HIV eliminated the tabu about the disease, resulting in a much larger number of people seeking treatment.

back to the top

30% rise in school enrollment

To improve education, Karimu built schools, provided desks, books, supplies, and sports material, transforming schools into a fun and engaging environment. Additionally, Karimu required implementation of a food program that provides lunch to all students (which for many is the only real meal of the day) created an even bigger incentive to come to school. The combination led to a 30% rise in school enrollment.

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2.5x the secondary school enrollment rate of the national average

After 7 years of primary school, students must take the national exam to be able to go to secondary school. Karimu’s investment in primary education and the qualification of teachers through training and scholarships to obtain university degrees resulted in a dramatic increase in the passing rate. Since 2018, the number of students who passed the national exam was so large that they exceeded the number of slots available at Ayalagaya Secondary School. Karimu had to expand the capacity of Ayalagaya Secondary School to accommodate more students. Today, the average enrollment at secondary school in Ayalagaya is 2.5 times higher than the national average.

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96% increase in pass rate for the Secondary School National Exam

Every Tanzanian student finishing secondary school is required to take the National Exam. Only students that pass the exam with a high grade are allowed to continue their studies into high school and later into university. Those who pass the exam with a lower grade may continue their studies in a professional school. Those who do not pass are not allowed to continue their education. Karimu’s investment in primary education and the qualification of teachers also significantly improved the passing rate at the Secondary School National Exam.

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Girls now outperform their male colleagues

When Karimu arrived in Ayalagaya, 158% more boys than girls passed the National Exam at the end of primary school. (Passing such an exam is a requirement to go to middle school and those who do not pass must stop their education.) Bringing water within 500 meters (~8 minutes walk) of every household in Ayalagaya, the construction of special facilities at the schools for girls to deal with their menstrual periods, and the many years of investment in creating awareness about the importance of education enabled more girls to finish primary school and outperform the boys.

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25% higher savings rate than the national average

Karimu-trained savings group members outperform the national average by 25% in average annual savings per member.

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Higher return on savings rate

Karimu’s well-trained saving groups show a 20% return on savings compared to the national Tanzanian average of 18%.

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