The overall aim is to raise living standards by relieving poverty and sickness

Our story

The Shimbwe Development Trust is dedicated to creating a better future for the people of Shimbwe Ward in Tanzania. This non-profit organisation has been working tirelessly over the past few years to improve living standards and provide access to basic necessities such as clean water, healthcare, and education.

Through the Trust's dedication, the living standards of the residents of Shimbwe Ward have improved in recent years. Education and health facilities have been continually updated such that residents now have better access to both. Access to clean water has also improved. This is due in no small part to the commitment of volunteers and fundraising efforts from around the world. People in this community receive unique privileges that would not be possible without this dedicated help - something that can profoundly change the lives of those it helps.

Collective action

With your help, the Trust can further its mission and create a better future for those living in Shimbwe Ward. Donate today to support the cause. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you for your support!


The Shimbwe Development Trust is an inspiring example of what can be achieved through dedication and collective action. By working together, we can continue to make progress in alleviating poverty and sickness in Tanzania.

Together, we can make a difference

The success of the Trust's efforts has largely been due to the ability to fundraise from people all over the world. Through small donations from individuals and larger ones from corporations, the Trust is able to continue its mission of improving the lives of those in Shimbwe Ward.

Our team

Joyce, Trustee

Peter is a driven and compassionate individual who has dedicated himself to improving the lives of people in the rural village in Africa where he grew up, and knows first-hand the challenges of being forced to walk more than 20 km round trip every day to attend a secondary school in a neighbouring village.

As an NHS ophthalmologist, he regularly returned to Tanzania to volunteer to perform dozens of cataract surgeries for those in need, noticing the many challenges facing the community. Determined to make a difference, Peter founded the Shimbwe Development Trust in 1997 with the aim of addressing these issues and improving the quality of life for people in the village and neighbouring villages in Shimbwe ward. Since his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to overseeing important development projects in Shimbwe and working to ensure that the organisation's mission is fulfilled.

Peter, Chair

Joyce is a dedicated and passionate charity trustee who has been involved with the Shimbwe Development Trust since its inception. In addition to serving as a trustee, Joyce has played a crucial role in fundraising and has helped to secure significant financial support for the organisation. Joyce has a strong commitment to Shimbwe Development Trust and works tirelessly to further the mission of the charity.

She is a valuable asset to the success of the charity, helping to raise the profile of the charity beyond the local community of Tunbridge Wells, where it is well known and respected in the hospitality sector. She is constantly looking for new ways to support and grow the charity and is always willing to go above and beyond.

“I went to college and studied tourism after earning my Secondary Education certificate in order to acquire the skills required to work as a tour guide. I was one of the early Shimbwe Secondary School graduates.”

– Victor, Tour Guide