Your education is your life, guard it well

Motto of St Michael School, Kilolo

Welcome to the David Tilley Children’s Foundation website.

The Foundation aims to advance education for socially and economically disadvantaged children through either direct sponsorship of individual children or providing resources to support infrastructure development.

By providing direct financial assistance, the Foundation helps promising children in Africa to gain a secondary school education. There are many young people who have academic potential but because of poverty, the death of parents, or rural isolation, cannot afford to continue their education beyond the primary stage.  Through sponsorship, these young people are supported as they gain an education which will provide a foundation for the rest of their lives. To download a gift form to sponsor a child, then click on the logo below.

The Foundation also supports projects to develop school infrastructure in Tanzania and other areas where the  trustees have established strong relationships so that the projects chosen can make the maximum possible impact.

Save Iringa School for the Deaf

URGENT - SAVE IRINGA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF The Iringa School for the Deaf owned by the Diocese of Ruaha and located in the town of Iringa in southern Tanzania, is a truly wonderful place with happy children and dedicated specialist teachers. It accommodates 120 children...

2016 visit to the deaf school in Iringa

There are currently 122 students attending the deaf school.  These children come from the whole of Tanzania.  Of these students, aged between 6 and 17, 63 are boys and 59 girls.  7 of the children are both deaf and blind. The children are educated up to Standard 7...

Jesca Mgimba

Jesca tells her story about the way her life was changed by her education at St Michael School to help others and her community “St Michael School was the source of a new future for me” Sue and Tony Vaughan met up with Jesca Mgimba during their recent visit to Iringa...

META Secondary School – Mbeya, Tanzania

The Trustees of DTCF had decided to offer encouragement to the Form IV students at St Michael School, Kilolo by providing sponsorship for the top three form IV sponsored students to undertake two years further education to achieve their A level qualification.  DTCF...

2016 visit to FISCH

FISCH stands for Future for Iringa Street Children and was founded in 2007. In Tanzania 18% of children aged 0-18 are either orphans or vulnerable children. However, in Iringa the number is higher than other region . The National Statistics Bureau of Tanzania state...

Visit to Uganda – October 2015

Visit to RAP-CD Primary School for Disabled Children, Kasese, Uganda, October 2015: Report for the Trustees of the David Tilley Children’s Foundation. Jane and I visited RAP-CD on October 21, 2015, and were warmly welcomed by the Director, Maali Wilson, and the staff...

2015 Tanzania Trip Report

Having the opportunity to take part in the Tanzania project in 2015 was an extraordinary experience. I'm extremely proud to say that I have accomplished a lifetime dream and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part in helping me...

Recent visit to St Michael School, Kilolo

Pictured left are Trustees Mark Tilley and Matt Calvert along with students at St Michael School, Kilolo who have been sponsored by the Foundation. Click on the picture to watch a video of the students (via youtube) filmed on the recent visit to Tanzania.

Some videos from one of our projects at St Michael’s School in Kilolo, Tanzania

St. Michael’s School, Kilolo, Tanzania. Students singing in their Sunday morning church service before returning to their studies.

Interviews with St. Michael’s School Form IV Sponsored Students

A look around the school grounds and buildings at St. Michael’s School Kilolo, Tanzania.


We have been supporting RAPCD (Rwenzori Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities) in Uganda, and in October 2015 a team from the foundation visited the project. You can read their report here.

St Michael's School

St Michael’s school in Kilolo, Tanzania is an Anglican secondary school within the Diocese of Ruaha in Tanzania. We have been supporting the school for many years, find out more about the school here.


FISCH is a Christian project that works with street children in the town of Iringa, in the southern highlands of Tanzania, striving to give them a hope and a future. Find out more.