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Shirati Health, Education and Development Foundation
(SHED Foundation)

 "Provider of Health, Education and Development to underserved communities in Tanzania

About Us

Providers of Health, Education and Development to Underserved Communities in Tanzania

The Shirati Health, Education and Development Foundation, ("SHED Foundation" or "SHEDF") is a registered private nonprofit organization, since January 2006. SHED Foundation was given a non-governmental organization status ("NGO") by the Tanzanian Government, as of March 2006. 

Our Mission

To Improve Health

We are running a village based primary care health facility that provides preventive and curative services to all ages and both genders,  pregnancy care and deliveries, treatment for the childhood cancer Burkitt's Lymphoma, HIV and TB diagnosis and treatment, and Ultrasound Imaging especially in pregnancy and abdominal disorders.

Donated Desks to Shirati Primary Schools

To Improve Education

We provide: Education grants to health care workers; assistance in basic education at secondary school level; and Global Health Education Partnership Program.  

Sota Health Clinic

To Improve Development

Global Development Partnership Program:
Development assistance is being given to target villages through our partners “Village Life Outreach Project” located in Cincinnati, USA.

Issues addressed include health, malaria prevention, education, sanitation and water.  Aim is to assist village members to address these concerns and others in their own environment. 

Join us to change lives

SHED Foundation will continue to: open its doors for partnership agreements; projects; and opportunities designed to provide Health, Education, and Development to target underserved villages/communities in Tanzania. 

SHED Foundation may enter into any arrangement with any person, group or association carrying on, or engaging in the support and promotion of any of the objectives contained in the SHED Foundation's Memorandum of Association.  

Board of Directors

Rev. Manaen Kawira, Chairman, Board of Directors, is a retired General Secretary and pastor of Tanzania Mennonite Church.  He has extensive experience working for World Vision, the Tanzania Government, and currently as manager of a family business in Shirati.

Mr. Nyamusi Magatti, Deputy Executive Director, Board of Directors,

Dr. Esther Kawira, Medical Director and founding member, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine who has a faculty appointment at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine and worked at Shirati Hospital in Tanzania for 23 years.

Dr. Harun O’maitarya, founding member.
Ms. Ellin Akinyi, founding member.
Ms. Miriam Ngoya, founding member.
Mr. Gaspar Dibogo, founding member.
Mr. Timothy Kawira, member.

Founding Board Members: In Memorium

Josiah Ogada Magati 

Josiah Okeyo Kawira

Jared Okombo

Contact us:

SHED Foundation
Utegi Road, P.O. Box 39
Shirati, Tanzania.

Email to: shedftanzania@gmail.com 

Our History

2007: Groundbreaking, Sota. Killion N., Josiah K., Dr. Esther K., Manaen K. and Josia M. (L to R)

History of SHED Foundation

The Shirati Health, Education, and Development Foundation (“SHEDF” or the “SHED Foundation”), began its official existence when it was formally registered with the Tanzanian Government on 24 January 2006 as a not-for-profit company. SHED Foundation was granted a Certificate of Compliance, an NGO (non-governmental organization) status by the Government of Tanzania on March 21st, 2006.  With its head office in Shirati, a rural village in Rorya District, North Western Tanzania, bordered by Lake Victoria near the Kenya-Tanzania border, SHEDF was given a mandate to work anywhere in mainland Tanzania, in the areas of health, education, and development.

Shirati Health, Education, & Development Foundation Video

Our History, 2007.

How to Donate

To Donate in the United States

Please make checks payable to:

  SHED Foundation, US Branch
  P.O. Box 115
  Penngrove, CA 94951

  • Shirati Health, Education and Development Foundation, US Branch is a fully registered nonprofit corporation holding a tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Contributions to Shirati Health, Education and Development Foundation, US Branch are deductible pursuant to provisions of Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.