Who We Are
At Engutoto, we are committed to spirited learning, growth, development and fun. We empower our students to
ask insightful questions, explore disciplinary boundaries, and confront conventional ways of thinking.
We are privileged to teach students from all parts of Engutoto Njiro village, offering a unique curriculum
with educational and engaging activities for both - boys and girls - that they would have otherwise never
had an opportunity to go to to school.
Meet Our Founder, Lucresia Fields
My dream is to give all the girls of my village the same opportunity I had - to live the life they choose and not that they are told. I came to realize that the only way to change this cultural mindset was to create a Daycare Center for young girls where they would learn to read, write, draw and develop their natural curiosity. So, at 19 years
old I came back to my home to became a mother, an aunt, a teacher, and every other title that my community advocate may acquire. My greatest joy is to see our children thrive and my greatest pride are the young female role models that we have been a part of supporting.
History of Engutoto
The importance of education in Arusha, Tanzania, gives kids a life they never imagined, especially our girls. Even today, a lot of African society believes a girl's role is to grow up to be a housewife, therefore benefitting her in-laws rather than her family. Twenty-two years ago, we started the Engutoto Daycare, with six preschool-aged sisters. We are now almost at full capacity with almost 100 students.
Why Support Us
From our first class of sisters, three are business entrepreneurs, two are pursuing master's degrees in computer technology, and one has just returned to us as a certified teacher! Imagine with 100 students every year, how much we've impacted our community with a balanced, well-educated group of young people.
Thank you for supporting Engutoto Daycare Center!
Our current fund raising effort is to support six volunteers to travel to Tanzania for a month this summer! Along with school maintenance projects
and teaching English, we are raising money to build a playground to upgrade from just one small tire swing!
We will be filling a shipping container with supplies, playground equipment and other donations in May, and traveling in July to update classrooms, bring new supplies - and build a playground.
As a non-profit, we look to donors to support our projects and share in the
joy of raising our future generations with all the tools they need to be successful. Our most needed resource is the funds to make this trip a reality! Please consider making a donation or sponsoring the school with a monthly contribution.
We will be asking for in kind donations of playground equipment and other
items in the Spring, so stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates on our progress!
Your continued support allows us to care for more
Engutoto students each year!
Sponsoring a child’s education at Engutoto is one of the most powerful ways you can support young African children to succeed. Your monthly donation will be used for tuition, educational materials, school meals and other student needs.
To support a student for the full year, the suggested donation amount is $100 per month for one year.