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Arusha Childrens Effort (ACE) is a not for profit Charity, registered in New Zealand.  (CC45344).

ACE has the sole objective of facilitating qualifiying students into a sustainable long term education programme. The majority of the students in the ACE programme come from difficult or impoverished family situations, with little hope of a reasonable education without outside assistance.

Through sponsorship into one of the schools that ACE works with in Arusha, the students are able to learn  the educational skills that will allow them to continue on to either secondary schooling, further employment, or vocational tertiary education. Going to school allows these students to develop self confidence, and to plan for their future and that of their community, all in a safe and secure environment. 

Sponsorship through ACE also provides students with much needed pastoral care, mental and emotional support and guidance as they mature into young adults. ACE incorporates workshops and discussions about various topics, including goal setting and health awareness, as a regular part of the schooling curriculum.

Sponsoring a student through ACE supplies them with the school fees, boarding supplies, transport, basic uniform, shoes and stationery, for an education that will then enable them to make a change for their future.

ACE has a limit of 100 students at any given time within the programme, to ensure that a realistic and sustainable caring structure remains in place.

Our belief is that helping these students by providing an education, means they in turn may go on to help many others, and have the opportunity to create a sustainable life not only for themselves, but also for those around them.


Sponsorship: Each student has their own personal sponsor, or is funded through general donations and fundraising.  The sponsor pays a fee that covers tuition, boarding costs, books, and uniform. These fees are outlined under the sponsorships page.

Donations: For those people that wish to help, but are unable to fund a full sponsorship, ACE is constantly in need of funds to assist for students within the programme.

These needs are outlined on the donations page.


ACE was established in 2010  to facilitiate the opportunities that an education can provide to students in Arusha, Tanzania .

Charity Officer : Vinnie Duncan,  Auckland, New Zealand

Self-employed in home based Export business, Mother of 7, keen multi-sport enthusiast.

Time and Costs  – Volunteered

Charity Officer:  Mary Duncan – Whangamata,  New Zealand

Mary lived and volunteered in Arusha for 1 year in 2010. She has returned to Arusha on a regular basis since then to assist with the administration of ACE and to continue the relationships she has established with the students  and schools.

Time and Costs – Volunteered

Blandina Mapunda – Arusha, Tanzania

Tusime David - Arusha, Tanzania

Blandina resides  in Arusha with her husband, Tusime, an accountant. Blandina has a degree in Public Administration, and before her contract with ACE spent several years working with TAFES (Tanzania Fellowship of Evangelical Students) as a Youth Co-ordinator, working with secondary school children.

Blandina has also had a year as a volunteer in the UK, working with Care Force, assisting with the care of toddlers, children, and the elderly. Blandina returned to Tanzania in 2010 to marry and be with her husband Tusime in Arusha. Blandina is directly responsible for liaison between ACE and the schools and children within the programme. Blandina and Tusime have a young daughter, Kemmy, and are both  vital, dedicated contributors to the ACE programme.

Time: Modest monthly salary and transport provision.


Vinnie Duncan, Director of  ACE, wishes to acknowledge the following people: