Etatu’s Work


Etatu’s focus is education.

Our current priorities are:

  • Working with Msambweni Primary School to improve achievement.
  • Facilitating secondary education, particularly for girls, through school sponsorship.
  • Managing the Etatu Learning Banda, a community library and meeting space.
  • Ensuring that vulnerable children stay healthy and go to school.
  • Promoting the preservation of the marine and village environment.

Who you help to support

Etatu works with children; with families who rely on farming and fishing for subsistence; with those who are orphans; with people living with or affected by HIV and Aids and with women who are living or raising children on their own.

We support families. Etatu offers support for families, providing them with the means to ensure their children can go to school. As well as providing uniforms and school supplies, we offer school lunches for the poorest, improving concentration through the school day.

Etatu arranges eye tests and buys glasses, treats jiggers and provides mosquito nets. These measures mean fewer days are lost through illness and also improve achievement.

When an income earner dies, when there is a medical emergency, when the stigma relating to a disability is preventing a child from going to school or simply when the costs of schooling are too much to bear, Etatu helps families in their desire to send their children to school.

We encourage girls

Etatu values and encourages girls’ education. More than two-thirds of those we sponsor at secondary level are girls. The significance of secondary education for a girl is profound. This document explains the importance of schooling to a girl, to her family and to her community: READ MORE

This film presents the case clearly and succinctly.

Many girls skip up to 20% of the school year because they cannot afford to buy mainstream sanitary products when they menstruate. This absenteeism and interruption to their education has significant consequences on their achievement.To address this, we provide sanitary products to all the girls we support. We offer environmentally sustainable, reusable sanitary pads whenever possible and have trained women to distribute them to small groups of girls.

We work with Community Groups

Etatu shares the vision of and supports several Community Based Organisations. Etatu funds the Msambweni Orphans’ Programme (MOP) and supports the Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Group. The link “Our local Partners” tells you more about this work.

How your donation can help

£10 treats a child who has contracted malaria and buys them a net.

£18 supplies a primary pupil’s school bag, filled with school stationery and a solar light.

£35 provides secondary schooling at a boarding school for one month, including fees, meals and books.

£50 runs the jigger clinic for one term at Msambweni Primary School.

£60 enables an orphan’s primary schooling for a year – providing uniform, shoes, books, meals and basic hygiene and healthcare necessities and paying for school levies.

£85 buys a robust bicycle for a pupil at a secondary day school.

£100 assists a community teacher for one month.