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Who is AZAR

AZAR is a UK registered charity founded in 2005 specifically to build a primary school in the town of Kisasa, in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. In 2006 an international group of around 30 friends joined together with local builders and volunteers to commence construction. The school officially opened in January 2007. How this all came about can be found on our history page.

Since then the school has grown to be one of the largest schools in the region (where there are nearly 200 schools) and supports over 2000 students. There is more information and pictures about the school on our Kisasa page but please do watch the films below made following the recent Tanzania visit of two of our trustees in March this year. 


In 2019 the AZAR Trustees felt that we were also able to support another school. Two of our team visited the region, did some research and came up with a shortlist and reported back. Eventually trustees decided that Chikowa Primary, a small school with just six classrooms set in a rural location, could definitely use our help. Here the main priority of the headteacher and staff was a water supply for drinking water and sanitation and they desperately needed additional classrooms (they ultimately need ten). After we had provided a connection to a borehole 1.5 Kilometres away, AZAR again sent a team from the UK to work with the local builders (fundis) in the construction. You can read how this progressed on our Chikowa page.

AZAR UK visit March 2023

AZAR Trustees Caroline and Simon visited Tanzania to see progress at both Kisasa and Chikowa primary schools. Due to the Covid pandemic, none of the AZAR team has been out since 2019 when they worked on our last building project, a two-classroom block in Chikowa Primary. It was wonderful to meet up with some old friends and, in particular, JB (Joseph Biseko) our dear friend and 'our man in Tanzania' who has helped us throughout our now 18 years of school development in Dodoma. We were deeply saddened to recently hear of his death from cancer in June. He will be greatly missed by the AZAR team.


Whilst on location we took some video clips and have compiled them into two short films to show how things are progressing (see below). The videos were shot in March and some of the work mentioned here has now been completed.

Other news

From the start of June 23 AZAR has very recently welcomed new trustee Isaac Osei-Kwame and his wife Cynthia (as a committee member) onto the team. They will not only be able to add a hugely valuable perspective to our current work in Tanzania, but will also be researching the viability of a similar work in Ghana. This could take a year or so, but we would be honoured and delighted if our combined experience could be put to work in another place. Exciting times!

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AZAR is positively changing childrens’ lives forever through education, resources & love

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