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NGO and program development in Arusha

Bordered by seven African countries and the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is famous for Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and national parks such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro – vast areas across which millions of zebra, wildebeest and antelope trek on an annual migration to Kenya’s Masai Mara. Half the country’s employed population works in agriculture, with coffee Tanzania’s largest export crop – Arusha and Moshi are two main coffee growing regions. Swahili is the national language.

Taking development to the next level

Juma Kittyler, a Tanzanian who was introduced to rugby while working as a chef, went on to represent his country in several international fixtures. Inspired by rugby and its values he established Tanzania Rugby Development (TRD) to use rugby as a tool to empower underprivileged children. BPF UK has supported Juma’s work through volunteer engagement, provision of sports equipment and grants through the Ed Cooper Memorial Fund. The family of Ed Cooper – a British student and keen rugby player who tragically died in 2016 just days after starting university – has donated funds to this initiative since 2018.

We’re helping the team to register a local NGO to optimise an existing rugby-for-development program, enabling Juma to build on his work of exposing hundreds of children to the sport and instilling the values of teamwork, respect and discipline.

Rugby for development in Tanzania

Meet development officer, Juma Kittyler, hear how G4S Tanzania’s employees have collaborated with us and see volunteer coaches in action

Meet Juma Kittyler
G4S Tanzania’s Imelda discusses program partnership
Coaching with the Pride in Tanzania

Project work in Tanzania


Rugby & community development program

Every Saturday, children from all across Arusha come together at a school in town to practice, rain or shine, mud, dust or grass. Juma's program has over 500 children coming to practice, with a core group of 60 regulars; 30% girls. The children are aged between 9 and 18.

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