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I grew up in a family where my mother supported both relatives and non-relatives, most of the latter being orphans.

I always dreamt that one day I too, would take care of less privileged children. I would give them an excellent education, help them become independent, and show them how to be responsible and productive members of the community.

On the 31st of January 2012, my dream came true. On that day, my husband Khalifa and two businesswomen, Ms. Aysharose Mattembe and Ms. Muna Mohammed, joined together to establish The British School of Zanzibar. We initially started with only 3 children, one of them being an orphan named Maimuna Makungu, and by the grace of God, the school grew into something I never could’ve foreseen.

With the support of donations from a tourist friend—Mr. Charles Murray from Scotland—we soon managed to add another orphan, Nuru Haji. Over the years, this program grew, and thanks to the support of many, we have five orphans currently at our school. BSZ now has over 75 students, with almost 10% of them being orphans or coming from less privileged students. The students currently in this program are:

No Name Age Class
1 Sauda Kombo Mohammed 11 5
2 Mutawakal Abdallah Abdurahman 9 3
3 Mariam Mustafa Othman 7 2
4 Idarous Juma Mzee 6 1

Vision and Mission Statement

Spread hope, love and reason into the lives of orphaned and less privileged children. With support from donors like you, we aim to reach as many orphaned and less privileged children as possible. Our goal right now is 20% of student enrolment, and that can only be achieved by supplemental assistance.

We aim to create lasting partnerships between individuals and businesses to raise funds and implement sustainable programs to release orphaned and less privileged children from social, economical, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and productive citizens.


You can make a difference today! Give what you can to those who need it most - every bit helps! All funds donated to BSZ will be used in our project. None of your contributions will go towards administrative costs or other expenses. Please select the cause(s) you would like to donate to:

  • Tuition Assistance
    Support an Orphan/less privileged child for at least one year or more at BSZ. Pay a tuition fee for one child or more. We will forward to you an up-to-date report and photos of the child after each term.
  • General contribution
    Anything that you feel might help at our school: computers, printers, books, stationeries or general funds. We have 1,220 square meters that needs to be developed at our school. Any materials or funds would be put to good use.
  • Volunteer assistance.
    Come and teach children aged 2 1/2 to 15 years old. Our classes range from Nursery to Year 6, and we are looking for a minimum commitment of one year. Also, you can come and train/support teachers during their stay for a minimum of one year.


Please contact us at smilefuture@zanlink.com for more information. You can also reach us at the following address:
Ms. Swami Mohammed
British School Of Zanzibar
P. O. Box 1766
Kisauni Street, Maungani Road
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Or if you would like to give a monetary donation, please find our bank details:

The British School of Zanzibar,
Currency of account: 035896 TZS
Name of bank: FBME Bank Limited,
Country of bank: Tanzania
Address bank: Samora Avenue – Dar es Salaam

We thank you all for your generous support. With help from people like you, my childhood dream has become a reality.

Thank you.