We want to help the youth in Tansania towards a brighter future. That in turn is supposed to translate also to the rest of the country.


The school offers our students a roof over their heads, so they do not have to study outside. A wall around the school-buildings offers additional protection.


Many of our students are coming from the surrounding poor villages. We help our students to get the chance to live independent.


Many students of the Vanessa Secondary School come from surrounding poor villages around Mbeja, a city with 300.000 inhabitants in the south of Tanzania nearby the border to Zambia. There are many orphans, which lost their parents through HIV infection. Vanessa Secondary School is a private school in Mbeja. Young persons between the age of 13 till 19 years are able to graduate with a secondary degree, including  English as secondary language. Gifted students can acquire as well A level. The graduations increase the opportunity to lead a self-determined life and to secure their own existence.


We could contribute, that buildings and facilities could be built partly by donations. Within the framework of the Aid Organization Nehemiah Gateway a wall around the school grounds was raised and new educational books and agricultural machines for cultivating rice were acquired. A well guarantees since 2017 for steady water, so that a kitchen garden on the school grounds could be cultivated for own needs. With our financial support Vanessa School dedicated in springtime 2018 a hostel for 220 girls and a hostel for 120 boys on January 2021. We also arranged with donations a barbershop, bought several laptops und installed a constant computer-class. Solar panels make it possible now to provide electricity for class-rooms. Additional income gets Vanessa Secondary School currently through cultivating and selling hot and sweet pepper.


Vanessa Secondary School finances itself by some moderate school fees for children of families with normal income and through selling rice. With the donations students, which are orphans or come from poor families, get the chance to graduate with a secondary degree, including English as secondary language. Additionally they receive two meals a day and we take care of the cost for school uniforms. We would welcome any financial contribution to our project.

Eponym of the School is Vanessa Machowetz, daughter of Wolfgang Machowetz.

Rest assured, that all of your donation goes directly to the school and the students.

Numbers & Facts

Founded 2006 by the Executive Director of Tehilah Foundation (Shukran Gideon) with Financial and Moral Support from the late Wolfgang Machowetz.
ca. 500 students aged between 13 to 19 years.
15 teachers
13 school facilities

lessons in Englisch and Kiswahili


School Fees and
Two meals per day for the orphans
Lessons and Care
Means for Lessons, Books, Sheets, etc.

45 Euro per month for orphans, who are day-students


Vanessa Secondary School

P. O. Box 1301

Mbeya, Tanzania

School Reg. N: S/3572

Examination Centre No: S/3993

Private Candidate Centre No: P/3993

Mail: Click here


GMS e.V.

Auerbach 28
91598 Colmberg
Tel: 0 98 23 / 9 31 - 14
Fax: 0 98 23 / 9 31 - 16
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Tehila Foundation

P.O. Box 1301 Mbeya,
Tanzania Reg. No: 50628
Tin: 106-184-186
NSSF No: 737569

Mail: Click here

Tehilah Foundation is a Non Profit Making, Non Political, Non Religious, Limited by Guarantee Non Sharing and Non Government Organization.


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