About Tariro

Tariro is a grassroots non-profit organization working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls.  Founded in 2003, Tariro is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, and in Zimbabwe as a trust.

Tariro’s work with Zimbabwean girls emphasizes the importance of women’s education as an effective response to the AIDS epidemic.  Young women in communities affected HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe are in jeopardy of dropping out of school due to a lack of financial resources, putting them at high risk of contracting HIV.  Education can reverse this negative cycle, since attending school dramatically reduces the risk that a young Zimbabwean women will become infected with HIV/AIDS.  By educating young women, Tariro empowers them to build a future free from poverty and disease.

Tariro was founded in 2003 by two Mount Holyoke College alumnae, Memory Bandera and Jennifer Kyker, to address the particular needs of Zimbabwean teenaged girls.  Young women are at highest risk for contracting HIV, yet many non-profits operating in Zimbabwe focus on younger children, leaving teenaged girls without the critical resources they need to obtain an education.  In founding Tariro, Memory and Jennifer sought to redress this disparity by providing comprehensive educational support for teenaged girls, in order to enable them to finish a secondary school education.

Since it was founded, Tariro has expanded from a dozen students initially served by the organization to sixty students in 2009.   All of our sponsored students have lost one or both parents to illness and poverty.  They live with extended family members who serve as their guardians, keeping with traditional practices of caring for orphaned children in Zimbabwean communities.  Students in need of sponsorship through Tariro are identified through consultation with community leaders including headmasters at local schools, church elders, and traditional leaders.

For each of our sponsored students, Tariro provides a comprehensive range of services which include: paying each student’s school fees; purchasing uniforms and supplies; making textbooks available through a lending library; providing academic support services such as tutoring; offering extra-curricular activities including an annual conference on HIV prevention.

25 responses to “About Tariro

  1. Jennifer, I love the blog! I would love to travel to Zimbabwe some day and you are truly an inspiration!
    Much love,
    Tessa from Colorado

    • Hi Tessa. Thank you for your encouragement and for reading the blog! And if you ever do start making plans to go to Zimbabwe some day, let me know. I would be happy to help you link up with people over there!

  2. Thank you very much for the work you are doing for the orphans. These forgotten children are counting on your help. I formed a similar trust called Mwana Trust in 2006 in Zimbabwe and we look after orphans in Manicaland.

    I hope that we will work together in future.

    God bless you
    Henry Chitsenga
    Oxford UK

  3. Tammy Loverdos

    I am from Zimbabwe, and am inspired by your work. Congratulations, and heartfelt thanks.

  4. Im a 14 year old girl living in luxembourg and I think this is a fantastic organization. My godfather lives in Zimbabwe and I was hoping next year I would travel there to stay with him and his family a bit. I would love to help in any way possible specially because of my adopted Ugandan sister.
    I hope everything is going well,
    Molly x

  5. Hi ladies, I just want to thank you for the needed work your doing. I am part of a african women’s storytelling collective made up of zimbabwean descended women in melbourne Australia, we would love to raise funds from our end. Let’s connect. Love and appreciation, Tariro

  6. Hie Tariro.Just got to know about you last week.waal you are doing great dearest,may the Almighty God richly bless you in all works.thank you for such love.I will put you and the orphans in my prayers.

    God bless

    Lisa Lisa

  7. I have just come across your blog after looking for information about Epworth. I live in the UK and I am currently trying to raise money to support three orphans, one of whom has Aids through my friend who lives in Harare. We have taken these children ‘under our wing’ to provide them with food clothing and if possible, education.
    I am humbled by your amazing work. May you continue to change the lives of many more young women.

  8. Great work this. I will organise to teach the orphans marimba music. I am a music lecturer at Midlands State University.

  9. How can i be a part of Tariro? I am i Manchester, UK.

  10. who knew 5 years later I would have been to Zimbabwe, met some of the girls and now on the board??!!! Just saw my above comment from 2009 (i’m searching the blog trying to find financial info. on school fees and average household income). xoxox

  11. Locadia Mbofana

    I live in Mutare and am currently doing a research on primary school dropouts in urban areas, and in particular one school in Chikanga High Density suburb. I just happened to log on to your blog. You are doing a great job and may God bless you abundantly. How do I get in touch with you to offer my assistance and voluntary services when needed. Do you have offices in Mutare?

  12. bonani dingani

    hey family my name is bonani dingani from Bulawayo I own a small business in events management,i would like to help in giving the kids life skills and dance classes and teach them the world of events please get back to us

  13. Kudzai Marutsi

    We would like to visit your home, please may you email us your location

  14. i would love to help you in the great work but cant find contacts…

  15. nicole gugulethu musinyari

    Would love to be part of Tariro help mostly in girls,do voluntery work

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