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Our Story

The Flaviana Matata Foundation (FMF) is a 501(c)(3) that works to ensure girls and young women have the resources and opportunities they need to complete their education, find employment, and/or start their own businesses—ultimately helping them to fulfil their dreams. Flaviana Matata, a renowned model, businesswoman, and philanthropist, founded FMF at the end of 2011 because of her passion and deep commitment to using education as a tool to transform the lives of girls in Tanzania.

 

Growing up in Shinyanga, a city in northern Tanzania, Flaviana’s family always prioritized the importance of education, especially for girls. Flaviana created FMF as her way of giving back to her community. FMF has grown from initially only providing scholarships to pay for school fees, to supporting the multiple needs of girls so that they can feel safe throughout their entire education, and have the skills and support they need to get a job or start a business.

 

Since 2012, FMF has reached over 5,000 students in Tanzania. This has included providing students with needed school supplies as well as renovating and refurbishing school infrastructure, (e.g. classrooms, toilets, installing clean water systems and building teachers’ housing). Other accomplishments include distributing toiletry boxes to girls to use during their menstrual cycle and purchasing desks and chairs for all students. FMF has also been able to provide 25 girls with full scholarships to stay in school and, the first class of girls graduated from high-school in June, 2018. The next phase of FMF will be to ensure that these same young women have the support they need to go to university or vocational school.

 

Our Vision

FMF is creating a world where girls can stay in school and grow up to become leaders who are confident, economically independent, and supportive of their communities.

Our Mission

FMF ensures that Tanzanian girls and young women have the resources and opportunities they need to complete their education, find employment, and/or start their own businesses - ultimately helping them to fulfil their dreams.

Our Approach

Girls and Young Women

  • We believe girls have better economic, social and health outcomes if they stay in school.

  • We believe in girls’ education as a tool to address gender inequality and ensure that girls have the same opportunities as boys.

  • We believe in the importance of working with men and boys to keep girls in school.


Long Term Investments

  • are committed to seeing girls succeed.

  • We are committed to supporting girls from childhood, through adolescence, and into young adulthood.

  • We are committed to providing academic scholarships to girls in marginalized communities, giving them a shot to access quality education.

  • are committed to working with local communities, schools, and the government to ensure our work has a lasting impact.

 

Safe Spaces for Girls

  • We advocate for girls to freely express themselves and feel safe when they are at school.

  • We advocate for the formation of  Girls’ Clubs for girls to learn skills to help them navigate relationships, understand their bodies, become leaders, and tap into their agency to fulfill their dreams.

  • advocate for girls’ issues being at the center of our projects in schools.


Strong Support Systems for Girls

  • We ensure that families, communities, schools, and mentors are support systems for girls.

  • We ensure that FMF forms strong relationships with schools and communities to help girls stay in school.

  • We ensure that girls have access to and relationships with ambitious and successful Tanzanian women who serve as role models to help them define and achieve their dreams.

 

Girls’ Choices

  • We help the Government of Tanzania advocate for girls’ education and gender equality around the world through dialogue.

  • We help in reformation of laws and systems that keep women economically poor and perpetuate gender norms that prevent girls from fulfilling their dreams.

  • We help girls with vocational training in building careers and entrepreneurial skills.

  • We help girls with training to build their skills around entrepreneurship and support for starting their own businesses.


Paying it Forward

  • We empower FMF Scholars to become mentors and role models for younger girls in Tanzania.

Our Work

FMF  is creating a world where girls can stay in school and grow up to become leaders who are confident, economically independent, and supportive of their communities. The organization achieves its mission by providing girls across Tanzania with:
 

  1. Scholarships that pay for all costs associated with keeping them in school.

  2. School renovation and refurbishment that improve learning and make girls feel safe at school.

  3. Girls’ clubs and mentorship that build confidence and help girls tap into their agency.

  4. Job and entrepreneurial skills and opportunities that help girls find work or start businesses.

  5. A platform to advocate for girls’ education, with the help of our founder’s high profile in the fashion industry.

Our Team
Lusajo Mwaisaka
Coordinator
Flaviana Matata
Founder & CEO
Jema Kimbu
Administrator
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