Tererai Trent International

Tererai Trent International (TTI) works to empower rural communities in Africa where all children have universal access to quality education, regardless of their gender or socio-economic backgrounds. Previously known as the Tinogona Foundation, we lead the development and growth of an improved education system supported by socially engaged business models that boost local economies while improving community livelihoods.

Over 5000 students now have improved learning conditions due to our actions on the ground in Zimbabwe. With the help of strategic partners, Save the Children and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, the construction of Matau Primary School was completed in early 2014.

The completion of the new Matau Primary School is only the beginning. TTI aims to rebuild ten more schools, six primary schools and four secondary schools in rural Zimbabwe over the next ten years, in partnership with both local and international organizations… and YOU!

You can support the Tererai Trent International in multiple ways, by making a tax-deductible donation, by purchasing Dr. Trent’s new book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can, or by purchasing a Tinogona T-shirt!

We are very proud of all the progress we have accomplished with our partners so far: the construction of a preschool center, playground, homes for teachers, latrines, a hand washing station, classrooms painted and equipped with locally made desks and chairs, and a much needed borehole for clean water which serves both the school and surrounding community.

TTI is also actively improving learning conditions through teachers’ training programs, community-wide reading programs, early childhood development programs, providing supplies and computers, as well as the construction of a much needed school cafeteria/nutrition program, to name a few.

The TTI socially engaged businesses commit to long-term positive economic impact, to ensure sustainable revenues for an education system that does not rely solely on external funding. Current business sectors are: Matau Trade Center, Capital/Microfinance, Agriculture, Artisan Crafts, Eco Lodges & Children’s Books.